Laser Treatments: Not Just for Fungal Nails

by | Feb 9, 2017 | Blog

Lasers are everywhere in science fiction, from the blaster guns in Star Wars to high-tech surgery in many other franchises. Of course, lasers in medicine are already a reality, and used for many different things. One of the increasingly popular uses for lasers is to quickly eliminate stubborn infections like fungal nails—but that’s not the only way they can help your feet. Laser therapy can also be used to treat pain.

At different wavelengths, powerful laser lights can easily pass through your skin to target soft tissues underneath. There the light triggers a few responses in your body which relieve pain. Blood flow to that area increases, allowing your body to heal damage there naturally. This can help decrease chronic inflammation as well. The laser also temporarily desensitizes the nerves in that spot, quickly relieving your pain.

Together, these effects allow your foot to heal more quickly while also alleviating discomfort. The increased blood flow and decreased inflammation allow your soft tissues to receive the nutrients and healing factors they need to repair any damage. Temporarily desensitizing your nerves eases the discomfort you’ve had in your foot.

So what does this kind of laser treat? It’s most effective for chronic soft tissue problems—in other words, persistent pain in your muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Heel pain is one of the most common reasons for laser therapy for pain. Both plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon issues can be treated this way.

Plenty of other issues can benefit from laser therapy, too, like pulled muscles and sprained ligaments in your ankles or toes. It all depends on what you need and which tissues are affected.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain, treatment with a pain laser might be just what you’re looking for to offer you relief and encourage better healing. Don’t settle for living with discomfort. Let our experts with Aadvanced Footcare Associates help you determine if laser care is right for your feet. Contact our New York offices today for more information about laser treatments. You can use our website or call (718) 896-4433 for our Rego Park office, (516) 822-9595 for our Plainview location, or (718) 969-2266 for our office in Flushing.

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