When you think of lasers, you might think of light sabers from Star Wars, concert displays, and those sophisticated security systems in spy movies that the main character always has to squeeze through. Lasers are high-tech instruments—something that you might not think you could apply to your ordinary life. However, you might be surprised to know that this cutting edge technology is used for something as normal as your feet. In fact, laser therapy for foot pain is something we offer in our office.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy for foot pain is a painless and non-invasive process that uses concentrated light to draw blood flow to your heels, tendons, and nerves—depending on which area is giving you pain. The light beam penetrates into the soft tissues, bringing new oxygen and nutrients that trigger your body’s natural healing processes. It also reduces inflammation and pain. Usually, the treatment lasts for around five minutes. It might take multiple treatments over a few weeks or months for you to feel relief.
What Does this High-Tech Healing Process Treat?
Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, is an issue we often treat with laser therapy. The condition is created through overuse or a sudden injury that happens when the plantar fascia, the tissue that connects the heel to the toes and supports the arch, becomes inflamed, thickens, and may tear. When you try to walk on it the first thing in the morning or after sitting down for a while, you stretch out the compacted, tightened tissue, which causes it to develop micro tears. It happens to all different types of people, from hospital workers, waitresses, athletes, kids, diabetics, and older patients.
Whatever the condition—fasciitis, neuropathy, Morton’s neuroma, or tendonitis—we treat you with care, honesty, and respect.
A lot of athletes and sports teams are on board with this new way to quickly heal sports injuries. You also might be a good candidate for this treatment if you’ve tried other methods with no success, such as icing, elevating, resting, taking anti-inflammatory medications, stretching, and physical therapy. We will only recommend this new procedure after all of these methods are exhausted. However, we still might have you continue those processes as you go through the laser treatments.
Where Do I Sign Up?
When you come into our office, we’ll probably perform some diagnostics. X-rays will help us make sure you don’t have any fractures or bone spurs. Once we know that it’s the tissues, ligaments, tendons, or nerves that are causing your pain, we can consider some options to move forward and eliminate your discomfort, including laser therapy.
While we offer cutting-edge treatments like laser therapy for heel pain, we’re a very down-to-earth office that wants to provide you with the best care available. Don’t be afraid to undergo therapy with lasers; they aren’t just something you see in the movies. Make an appointment with the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group by calling (916) 961-3434 or using our website’s form to contact our office in Carmichael, CA. To stay up-to-date with our latest treatments and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.