Most people think of super heroes fighting villains in comic books when you mention lasers, but lasers can actually be used to medically treat many foot conditions. Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include, but are not limited to, improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, decreased swelling and vasodilatation. In addition to pain treatments, laser therapy can also be used to treat ugly toenails and excise warts.
Laser therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and physicians as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, laser therapy is being used extensively in the United States. Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates is one of the first podiatry offices in central Illinois to use this cutting edge technology!
The effectiveness of laser therapy has been demonstrated scientifically. There are more than 100 rigorously controlled scientific studies that document the effectiveness of a laser for clinical conditions like pain, inflammation, arthritis, tendonitis, neuromas, nerve pain, joint pain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), and other types of inflammatory conditions.
The therapy consists of quick and painless in office treatment with no anesthesia. The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue and treats only the infected area. No drugs or topical ointments are used, eliminating the total-body side effects of traditional oral medications. Laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment. Most patients see improvement after just one treatment!
Like most new technology, insurance carriers do not allow for all laser treatments. Laser therapy for nails is not billable through insurance companies while laser therapy for pain relief and wart excisions are billable through insurance carriers. Many patients have relief in just one treatment!