Does MLS Laser Therapy Really Help With Heel Pain?
Are you tired of seeing surgery as the primary treatment for heel pain? We understand. It’s frustrating enough living with heel pain, let alone facing an operation and recovery period.
While heel pain can be difficult to manage, there is hope for effective, non-surgical treatment thanks to MLS laser therapy. Imagine being able to reduce months or years of heel pain, regardless of its cause, simply through non-invasive, painless laser therapy.
The FDA cleared MLS laser therapy for use in 2019 after a trial of 255 patients with chronic neuromusculoskeletal pain found it to reduce their symptoms by at least 50%. Laser therapy has become the rising alternative to other traditional forms of pain management, including opioid medications.
Today, we are happy to use MLS laser therapy at our clinic to help patients struggling with heel pain from several conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, arthritis, neuromas, and more.
Let’s take a closer look at what MLS laser therapy does, how MLS laser therapy works, and the different conditions it can treat.
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS stands for “multi-wave lock system.” This means it produces a continuous pulse of fixed wavelengths to promote healing. The robotic laser not only reduces pain but also lowers inflammation and can promote faster soft tissue repair. Each wavelength has its own benefits.
- Wavelength 1(880nm) treats swelling and inflammation of tissues.
- Wavelength 2 (905nm) reaches into deeper tissues to treat nerve pain and tissue damage.
The secret behind MLS laser therapy it’s the combination of the two wavelengths; combined, they are able to provide greater pain relief and reduced swelling than either could on their own.
The combination of wavelengths makes the MLS laser unique and different from all other lasers of its class (Class IV). The consistent, therapeutic dosage of wavelengths ultimately promotes non-invasive, pain-free symptom management for heel pain and a number of other conditions.
How Does MLS Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy uses light to influence cellular activity. This can range from faster healing to pain reduction. We love laser therapy because it promotes natural, healthy healing. It encourages the body to do what it does best.
As the laser touches the skin, it moves through the layers to penetrate the affected area. This process is entirely painless but highly effective. As the laser light reaches different tissues, it interacts with different molecules to bring out various effects.
MLS laser therapy makes it easier to provide higher-quality patient care that is effective, pain-free, and adaptable to all sorts of health conditions.
Heel pain can stem from many causes, including chronic foot conditions, arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and more. The MLS laser offers an effective, targeted solution for everyone struggling with heel pain, regardless of its cause.
Being able to lower our patients’ pain levels in our practice through non-invasive procedures is one of our greatest achievements. Today, MLS therapy is 85% to 90% effective in reducing pain and inflammation. It has zero side effects and genuinely improves the quality of life, mobility, and comfort of patients.
For Plantar Fasciitis
As the leading cause of heel pain, we’re always on the lookout for innovations in plantar fasciitis treatment. MLS laser therapy has been shown to reduce pain by as much as 80% in patients with plantar fasciitis, making it one of the most promising and effective treatments to date.
Laser therapy for plantar fasciitis is done in short sessions (usually 10 minutes or less), but the results are enduring. By triggering an immune response that promotes healing, MLS laser treatment can reduce heel pain, accelerate recovery, and help lower inflammation in the fascia.
For Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis leads to stiffness, reduced flexibility, and pain in the heel area. Symptoms can worsen with movement, so it can be one of the most difficult and frustrating foot conditions to suffer from.
MLS therapy helps treat Achilles tendinitis in several ways. First, it promotes healthy healing, natural tissue and nerve repair, and better circulation. It also increases ATP energy, which helps promote better cellular function. This can reduce both pain and tenderness in patients.
What You Can Expect From the Treatments
MLS laser therapy is fast, painless, and easy. All you have to do is get comfortable in our chair and wait for the robotic laser to perform its tasks. Our staff will be with you every step of the way to walk you through the process, answer any questions, and ensure that you’re 100% comfortable throughout the procedure.
Most MLS therapy sessions only take 10 to 15 minutes, so you can complete an entire office visit in 30 minutes or less!
Just like antibiotics and other medications, the exact duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of symptoms and your unique condition. Some patients only need a few sessions (1 to 3) while others require more long-term treatment (7 to 10).
We’ll work with you to determine the best duration of treatment, as well as personalize your laser therapy settings to deliver the greatest results.
Is it Really that Effective?
Yes, MLS laser therapy for heel pain is extremely effective. Patients can experience pain reduction between 50% to 100%, and we can safely use MLS laser in combination with other treatments for your condition.
The average decrease in pain will vary by condition and your cause of heel pain. However, in cases of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, sprains, and even post-op recovery, the average pain level reduction is between 51% to 78% after 3 sessions.
At the conclusion of treatment, patients see between 70% to 100% improvement in their conditions and heel pain.
What Other Conditions Does MLS Laser Therapy Treat?
In addition to the leading causes of heel pain, there are several other conditions MLS laser therapy can target. If you suffer from any of these conditions, we can create a custom laser treatment plan specifically for your symptoms.
- Muscle sprains & strains
- Sports injuries
- Tendon & ligament injuries
- Post-surgical swelling
Contact Us to Schedule Your MLS Therapy Today
Are you interested in learning more about MLS laser therapy for heel pain or another condition? Give us a call!
We’ll happily answer all your questions and book you an appointment with one of the amazing podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA. Dr. Terry H. Clarke, Dr. Karen M. Leonard, and Dr. Lauren Coe are all surgical experts whose skill is only beat by their compassion and care for their patients.
Call us today at (717) 620-8225 or contact us online to schedule your consultation at our office in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
We look forward to seeing you!