Four Uses for Laser Therapy in White Plains Podiatry
Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Laser treatments are among the non-steroidal pain management options available at The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. There are currently over 400 large randomized double-blind placebo-controlled human studies involving low-level laser treatments published worldwide. This is in addition to more than 4,000 scientific studies delving into the underlying mechanisms that make laser therapies so effective.
Generally, a low-intensity laser is applied to the injured tissue for a very short duration, at a frequency of several times per week for a few weeks. This process increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which the cells utilize to generate energy. The cells can harness this energy to bring about faster healing.
The cell membranes also become more permeable, which means waste products can travel out of the cell more effectively, while nutrition enters the cell with greater ease. A number of positive effects have been observed in patients, including reduced inflammation, decreases in nerve irritability and increased circulation. Across the entire body, it is not uncommon to see a boost in immune cell numbers, improved nerve function and increased production of endorphins, which serve as the body’s natural painkiller.
Continue reading to learn about four of the applications of laser therapy in our White Plains podiatry practice…
Laser Therapy as a Treatment for Neuralgia
Patients who have been diagnosed with with neuralgia present with symptoms ranging from an occasional mild aching sensation or discomfort in the ball of the foot while wearing narrow-toe shoes, to more severe symptoms such as burning, numbness and the sensation of walking on pebbles. Treatment for mild foot nerve irritation may include orthotics with neuroma pads, rest, cold packs and a change in footwear. More advanced cases can be treated with long-acting corticosteroid injections, nerve ablation techniques, cryogenic freezing or surgery. Non-invasive pain lasers can be utilized as a non-invasive therapy and it’s one that we offer in our office to promote natural healing and regeneration.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment With Lasers
Plantar fasciitis can result in stabbing pain, focused on the sole of the foot where the arch meets the heel. Usually the pain is worst in the morning and patients report that the pain may decrease slightly as the day wears on. Long periods of standing or exercise can exacerbate the symptoms. Stretching, physical therapy, night splints, steroid injections, custom orthotics and immobilization using a walking boot are a few of the recommended treatments for plantar fasciitis. We do offer some shockwave therapy at our practice, but at least one study published in the British Medical Journal demonstrates that lasers are significantly more effective at reducing pain, increasing walking speed and improving quality of life for patients with pain from plantar fasciitis.
Using Laser Therapy to Improve Tendonitis Symptoms
Foot and ankle tendonitis can result in sharp pains and burning sensations, which are typically localized in the area of the affected tendon. Over time, the pain may spread. Like plantar fasciitis, the pain tends to worsen in the morning hours and it can also be exacerbated by increased activity. Swelling and stiffness are other commonly reported tendonitis symptoms that our White Plains foot and ankle specialists treat using laser therapy. Some cases of tendonitis heal without surgery. Patients may try injection therapy, a short period of immobilization, physical therapy, and footwear change. But this healing process can take upwards of three months or longer, which is why we our clinic uses laser therapy as a method to promote a faster recovery.
Arthritis Treatment With Lasers
The symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis are often debilitating and can include tenderness to the touch, pain, stiffness and swelling in the joint, and the inability to move, walk or bear weight. The condition can be managed with steroid medications that are often injected directly into the joints. Patients may also be prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling, in combination with physical therapy, pain relievers, special socks, orthotics and supportive devices. Joint replacement surgery may be the most effective remedy for more severe cases of joint degradation. We have observed excellent results using laser to treat foot arthritis in the right candidates.
The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in White Plains, NY has invested in the latest technology that podiatric medicine has to offer. If you are concerned about healing faster and more effectively, then get the best possible care the first time around by contacting us!
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.