MLS Laser Therapy
Our Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser is a non-invasive (no surgery) technique for treating certain soft tissue injuries. In some cases, a course of MLS laser treatment can even help you avoid the need for surgery!
During MLS laser treatment sessions, we direct specific wavelengths of light energy deep into soft tissue to reach damaged cells. The energy stimulates natural healing processes by safely and naturally speeding up cellular reproduction and growth.
Laser therapy is typically scheduled out over a number of sessions spanning several weeks. During a session, our doctors outline the area being treated, then apply the laser system to the location in a rhythmic manner. The system is precisely attuned to deliver energy in predetermined pulses and wavelengths.
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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), in spite of the “shock” mentioned in its name, is not an electricity-based treatment method. Rather, it uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate pain relief and recovery.
Each ESWT session typically lasts 5-10 minutes, with no need for preparation or aftercare. There may be mild discomfort, similar to the feeling of a rubber band being snapped across the skin, and some localized bruising or swelling may occur as part of the treatment. These symptoms are typically minor and resolve with no issues.
Shockwave therapy has been found to reduce pain in tendon and ligament injuries such as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Pain that remains after more conservative attempts at treatment may benefit from ESWT.
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If you are experiencing consistent foot or heel pain as a result of an imbalance in foot structure, there’s a significant chance you would benefit from custom orthotic inserts.
Custom orthotics are specially prescribed to meet the specific cushioning and corrective support needs of an individual patient. They can help properly redistribute weight and forces across the feet as you move, preventing excess strain on areas that are causing you discomfort.
In addition to addressing problems from high arches, flat feet, and other related structural abnormalities, custom orthotics are used to treat other ailments as well. They can be effective at relieving Morton’s neuromas or in limiting the progression of bunions, to mention just a couple examples.
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For some patients facing flat or misaligned feet, a more permanent solution than stretching or custom orthotics may be necessary. For them, HyProCure may be a treatment worth considering.
HyProCure is a titanium stent, the approximate size and shape of a small screw. It may not look like much, but this little device has helped tens of thousands of individuals overcome painful and even debilitating pain.
In a small and minimally invasive procedure, a HyProCure stent is inserted through a tiny incision into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel. Thanks to the unique titanium threading, the soft tissues in the foot quickly adhere to the stent naturally. The stent is not screwed into the bone.
Once in place, the device realigns and stabilizes your hindfoot, which in turn influences the realignment of your entire foot, ankle, hips, and knees. Weight is rebalanced into a healthier configuration, decreasing pressure on sensitive joints and placing very little pressure on the stent itself. Patients also find an improved range of motion in the ankle, and may even notice the arch return to a more standard shape.
Since ultrasound is both fast and inexpensive, it can be a helpful tool when seeing patients who suffer from common foot and ankle disorders.
Ultrasound is useful for visualizing and diagnosing concerns with connective tissue (ligaments, tendons), such as tendinitis and tendon tears. Additionally, disorders in the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, ankle ligaments, and other tendons are more easily diagnosed and tracked via this form of imaging.
Our podiatrists can also use ultrasound in real time as a tool to ensure injections are guided into specific areas. This is particularly helpful when we need to inject medication into difficult-to-reach joints, areas of the plantar fascia, or inflamed soft tissue areas, such as neuromas or bursae.