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How to Heal Foot & Ankle Pain with MLS Laser Therapy

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Foot injuries, including fractures, can be life-altering. Managing pain throughout the healing process can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Advanced therapies, like MLS laser therapy, can help you recover from such injuries up to 30% faster. Lakes Foot & Ankle’s podiatry specialists are here to help you learn how these treatments can speed up your recovery time after a foot fracture or other injury.

What is MLS Laser Therapy?

Considered to be among the most advanced laser therapies available today, Multiwave Locked System (MLS) therapy uses light to accelerate your body’s natural healing process after an injury. Using a pair of synchronized lasers with different wavelengths, this treatment triggers rapid pain relief, inflammation reduction, and tissue regeneration in the affected area.

Wavelength 1 is a continuous laser set to 808 nanometers, which reduces inflammation and swelling. Meanwhile, wavelength 2 is a pulsed laser set to 905 nanometers which reaches deeper into your tissue and nerves for pain relief. Combined, these lasers enhance the effects that they individually produce, providing you with greater pain relief.

Conditions that MLS Laser Therapy Can Treat

While the MLS laser is typically used for acute sources of pain, like sports injuries, it is also effective in treating chronic foot and ankle pain from a variety of causes. Below are some common conditions that this therapy is used to treat:

  • Heel pain, including plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Wound healing
  • Fractures
  • Post-surgical healing
  • Joint pain & arthritis
  • Muscle sprains

Beyond these conditions, MLS therapy can help with a variety of foot health concerns. Consulting with a podiatrist can help you determine if this therapy is right for your specific condition. 

Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy

Regardless of the reason for MLS laser therapy, over 90% of patients’ symptoms improve significantly by the end of their treatment. Some additional benefits of this therapy include:

  • Anti-inflammation
  • Pain relief 
  • Accelerated tissue repair
  • Increased cell growth
  • Improved vascular activity
  • Enhanced metabolic activity
  • Trigger and acupuncture point stimulation
  • Reduced scar tissue formation
  • Improvements in nerve function
  • Immunoregulation
  • Faster healing from injuries

While you may experience some or all of these benefits as a result of treatment, your podiatrist can determine how you can best benefit from MLS laser treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About MLS Laser Therapy

Like any medical treatment, you may have questions about MLS laser therapy and whether it is right for you. The podiatrists at Lakes Foot & Ankle are willing to answer any questions you may have about this treatment or any others. Here are some common questions we hear from clients about MLS therapy.

1. How long does MLS laser therapy take?

The length of your therapy may vary depending on the nature of your condition and your symptoms. Typically, this therapy involves a series of 6-12 sessions scheduled 2-3 times per week. Each session is very brief, lasting about 15 minutes, so you avoid any downtime that comes with other types of treatment. 

2. Does MLS laser therapy hurt?

Treatment with the MLS laser therapy system is one of the easiest painless treatments patients can receive. The laser is considered a cold laser therapy system and does not produce heat or destroy tissue. It requires no additional treatments, medications, anesthesia, or injections for pain.

3. What are the side effects of MLS laser therapy?

Virtually risk-free, MLS laser therapy has no known side effects. 

Speed Up Your Recovery

When you experience a foot injury, you want to return to your normal daily routine as soon as possible. MLS Laser Therapy can help you to do just that. If you want to learn if you are a candidate for this treatment, contact Lakes Foot & Ankle to schedule an appointment today. We’ll help you get back on your feet!

Schedule Your MLS Laser Therapy at Lakes Foot & Ankle 

A foot injury can affect your quality of life. Advanced therapies, like MLS Laser Therapy, can speed up your recovery time from this type of injury. To see how this type of treatment can benefit you, call Lakes Foot & Ankle in Commerce Township, MI, at (248) 453-2288 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

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