It doesn’t matter how old you are or what sport you play. If you have a foot or ankle injury, your goal is to heal as quickly as possible. Similar injuries have sidelined our experienced podiatrists. We know how important it is to get safe and effective treatment that gets you back in the game before you miss more time practicing with your team or training for your next event.
After listening to your concerns and diagnosing your condition, we will recommend treatment. Many of our athletes benefit from Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Therapy which is done in the comfort of our Ponte Vedra podiatry office.
What Is MLS Laser Therapy?
MLS laser therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). MLS therapy does not use surgery or medication to heal injuries. Instead, multiple lasers stimulate cellular regeneration to help repair and heal foot and ankle injuries by simultaneously treating pain, inflammation, and edema.
MLS therapy can precisely deliver therapeutic doses in a way that early-generation Class IV laser technology could not achieve. MLS technology uses two therapeutic wavelengths, namely 808nm (anti-edemic and anti-inflammatory) and 905nm (analgesic). The combined delivery of these wavelengths generates a synergistic effect, resulting in significantly greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits than either wavelength could provide alone, and it does not present the risk of thermal damage.
What Sports Injuries Can Be Treated With MLS Laser Therapy?
Some of the foot and ankle injuries that our podiatrists may treat with MLS laser therapy include:
You may experience a sprained ankle or foot if your foot twists in an uncomfortable or awkward way and damages the ligaments. Sprains occur in many different kinds of sports, and the recovery time can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. MLS laser therapy may shorten the recovery time by accelerating ligament repair and reducing swelling.
Stress fractures occur when repetitive stress is applied to a specific area of a bone, leading to the formation of tiny cracks. Stress fractures can prevent you from playing, running, dancing, or competing. However, MLS laser therapy can simulate bone healing and help speed your recovery.
An acute incident or chronic overuse can cause a tendon injury in your foot or ankle. MLS laser therapy stimulates your body’s natural healing by increasing blood flow, promoting tissue repair, and reducing swelling.
You may develop Achilles tendonitis if repetitive or excessive strain causes inflammation of the Achilles tendon. While the conventional approach of treating this condition with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and ice is helpful, it may not be the fastest route to recovery. MLS laser therapy can stimulate inter-cellular activity and increase circulation. Together, the different lasers that make up MLS laser therapy can reduce inflammation and pain while they promote healing.
Like other foot injuries, sesamoid injuries often occur when the foot becomes inflamed from overuse. Sesamoid injuries affect the tendons and bones in the ball of the foot. MLS laser therapy can promote healing and reduce swelling associated with sesamoiditis and other sesamoid injuries.
Why Should I Consider MLS Laser Therapy for My Sports Injury?
Many MLS laser therapy benefits apply regardless of your unique injury. For example, you may enjoy:
- Fast and easy appointments. Each session typically lasts about 15 minutes.
- Pain-free treatment. MLS laser therapy doesn’t hurt.
- Risk-free treatment. As a form of regenerative medicine, MLS laser therapy helps your body heal itself. There are no surgical procedures, anesthesia, or medications that could present side effects.
- Rapid healing. Pain, swelling, and discomfort may decrease rapidly with MLS laser therapy.
MLS laser therapy has a high success rate and helps athletes get back to training and competing as quickly as possible.