We completely understand if laser therapy isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as a likely means of treating your heel pain. As far as pop culture is concerned, firing a laser at something is often a destructively nefarious way of “solving a problem.”
However, we can assure you that we are not Marvin the Martian wanting a better view of Venus, nor Auric Goldfinger expecting James Bond to die. And we certainly don’t own a Death Star!
What we do have is MLS laser therapy, and it has been an effective treatment for many patients with various causes of heel pain. It is also completely safe and contains no Hollywood effects whatsoever.
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS stands for “Multiwave Locked System.” It is named as such because it can deliver two different wavelengths of light energy. These wavelengths are specially set to benefit the natural healing processes of the body.
When this light energy permeates an area of pain and tissue damage, it can have several positive effects:
- The repair processes of damaged cells can be stimulated to work faster. In some cases of chronic pain, when the repair process has all but stopped, the stimulation can essentially restart the process.
- Blood flow to the area is increased. This is great, as blood carries nutrients and growth factors the cells need to repair themselves more effectively. You can’t fix a house without the right materials, after all! In many cases, the body responds to the stimulation by forming new capillaries to link larger vessels, providing even more efficient access to cells.
- Natural drainage can also be triggered by increased blood flow, which can lead to the elimination of excess fluids and a reduction in swelling.
- The transmission of pain signals by local nerves can be blocked, resulting in a natural decrease of pain. Simultaneously, it can also help restore damaged nerve function, meaning pain caused by faulty transmissions can also be reduced.
Not bad for some (medically tested and perfected) beams of light, right?
What Types of Heel Pain Might MLS Laser Be Effective For?
MLS laser therapy can be particularly effective on soft tissue injuries.
One of the most frequent causes of heel pain that fit this bill is plantar fasciitis, which is minor tears and aggravation in the thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel. This is the biggest culprit of “morning heel pain.”
Other soft tissue injuries that can cause heel pain include Achilles tendinitis and bursitis. It is also possible for heel pain to be a symptom of nerve damage (i.e. neuropathy) in the feet, which laser therapy can also have success in treating.
All said, this does not mean laser therapy will be our immediate recommendation for all such cases. Depending on the factors surrounding the causes and conditions behind your heel pain, we may suggest other forms of treatment first, such as physical therapy, changes in footwear or lifestyle, and custom orthotics.
If other forms of treatment haven’t been effective, or it appears likely that laser therapy would be a more effective means of treatment, then it may be a higher consideration.
What Should You Expect from MLS Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is conducted over a series of sessions, scheduled out over several weeks or months. The timing will depend on the severity and type of condition we are addressing.
Each laser therapy session lasts about 15-30 minutes. There is nothing you need to do to prepare for each session, and you can continue your day as normal afterward as well. That includes being able to drive.
You should expect no pain from a session. Once again, we are not using death rays here! Some patients will report a feeling of deep warmth from the laser, but that is about all.
While a course of treatment is needed for full effects, that does not mean you will feel no benefits until the last session. Many patients report feeling some relief after their very first session, and the effects accumulate and stack with successive sessions. We will continuously monitor the progress to ensure it is having good and proper effects for you.
Receive Effective Treatment for Your Heel Pain!
There is nothing to fear from MLS laser therapy for your heel pain—nor any other form of treatment we have, for that matter!
The only thing you should fear about heel pain treatment is not receiving any at all. Not only are you keeping yourself from much-needed relief in your day-to-day life, but you might be risking your condition becoming worse or chronic—in a way that will be much more difficult to treat.
We have found heel pain solutions for so many patients, and we would be ecstatic to help you too! Schedule an appointment by calling either of our two area offices:
- Oklahoma City – (405) 947-8041
- Enid – (580) 237-3338
If you prefer to reach out to us via electronic means instead, please feel free to do so! Fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will respond to you during our standard office hours.