Using MLS laser therapy to treat foot pain | Kansas City metro podiatrist

Dr. Joel Foster Explains How Kansas City Metro Patients Can Relieve Foot Pain With MLS Therapy

If you've been struggling with chronic foot pain and haven't found lasting relief from conventional treatments, Multiwave Locked System (MLS)  laser therapy may be an excellent option to explore. At our practice, we've seen firsthand how this FDA-approved therapy can transform the lives of patients who have nearly given up hope. 

Don't let foot pain continue to hold you back from living your life to the fullest. With an office in Lee’s Summit, podiatrist Dr. Joel Foster provides MLS laser therapy treatments to patients throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

What Is MLS Laser Therapy?

MLS laser therapy is an advanced form of low-level laser therapy that uses a unique combination of continuous and pulsed wavelengths to reduce pain and promote healing at a cellular level.

The laser light interacts with cellular receptors, reducing inflammation and blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Because of this, the majority of patients report significant pain relief—sometimes even after the first few treatments.

Additionally, MLS laser therapy triggers the production of cellular energy and the release of beneficial cellular substances like nitric oxide—promoting the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. At the same time, this stimulates the formation of new blood vessels and improves circulation—aiding healing by delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the affected area.

What Foot Conditions Can Benefit From MLS Laser Therapy? 

As a type of regenerative medicine, MLS laser therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of common foot and ankle conditions. In our office, Dr. Foster often recommends the treatment to patients suffering from:

  • Achilles tendinitis. MLS laser therapy can effectively treat Achilles tendinitis by reducing inflammation, stimulating collagen production for tendon repair, and improving your range of motion.
  • Ankle sprains. The laser can accelerate the healing of sprained ankle ligaments by increasing blood flow, reducing swelling, and promoting tissue regeneration.
  • Arthritic conditions. MLS laser therapy can provide relief for arthritic foot conditions like hallux rigidus (stiff big toe) and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation, increasing joint flexibility, and promoting cartilage repair.
  • Bunions. By reducing inflammation and pain, MLS laser therapy can provide relief from bunion pain and improve your mobility while you’re waiting for or recovering from corrective surgery.
  • Heel spurs. The MLS laser's anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects can help alleviate the pain associated with heel spurs.
  • Neuromas. For painful neuromas in the foot, MLS laser therapy can help reduce nerve compression and associated pain or numbness.
  • Neuropathy. The laser's ability to stimulate nerve regeneration makes it an effective treatment for diabetic neuropathy and other forms of peripheral neuropathy affecting the feet.
  • Plantar fasciitis. MLS laser therapy can help patients with plantar fasciosis (often referred to as plantar fasciitis) reduce inflammation and pain in the plantar fascia, promote the healing of microtears, and increase blood flow to the area.
  • Wound healing. MLS laser therapy can accelerate the healing process for foot ulcers, post-surgical wounds, and other slow-healing foot wounds by increasing blood flow and tissue regeneration.

Since we are a direct-pay practice, you are free to work with Dr. Foster to determine if MLS laser therapy is right for you instead of worrying about arbitrary denials from your insurance company. In everything we do, we strive to put power back where it belongs—in the hands of the patients we serve. 

What Can You Expect From the Treatment Process?

When you arrive for your MLS laser therapy session, you'll be asked to remove your shoes and socks. The area to be treated will be cleaned, and any lotions or creams will be removed. You'll be asked to either sit or lie down so you are comfortable.

The technician will hold the laser device a few inches away from your foot and systematically move it around the painful area. The laser will emit specific wavelengths of light that are absorbed by the targeted tissues.

You may feel a slight warming sensation on your skin during the MLS laser application, but it will not be painful. The laser light itself is painless, and there are no known side effects.

A typical MLS laser therapy session for foot pain typically lasts about 15 minutes. The number of treatments you’ll need will be based on your diagnosis and Dr. Foster’s recommendations, but most patients report noticeable improvements within the first few treatments.

After the treatment, you’ll be able to resume your normal activities with no downtime or restrictions. The results of the treatment are long-lasting since you’re addressing the root cause of your pain and inflammation instead of simply masking it with medication. 

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