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Lasers have been in use since 1958, the year of their invention. Modern day lasers can be utilized for many medical purposes. That means great things for your feet and ankles! The FAAWC offers two different lasers to treat a greater variety of conditions. The MLS laser is your solution to relieve pain, achieve a better outcome, and speed up recovery from injuries and surgery. The Aerolase laser is your solution for certain skin and nail conditions, such as ugly fungal nails.

MLS Pain Laser

MLS stands for Multiwave Locked System. MLS laser therapy is a non-invasive technique for treating injuries like strains, sprains, and even general inflammation. It uses light energy (photons) to enhance the body’s natural healing process by increasing blood flow to the injured area, removing the toxins created by inflammation, and reducing pain. The light energy penetrates deeply into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity which returns them to normal function. As a result of exposure to the laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves repair themselves faster than normal.

MLS laser therapy effectively treats:

  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Sore muscles, muscle strains & tears
  • Degenerative joint conditions
  • Neurological & general pain & bruising
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Pre & post-surgical treatment

Benefits of MLS laser therapy:

  • Rapid pain relief
  • Strong anti-inflammatory effect
  • Quicker healing of sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of the injured region
  • Immediate improvement of local blood circulation
  • Improved repair of superficial injuries such as wounds and ulcers

MLS FAQ

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. MLS laser therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality where this light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing as well as soft tissue and bone repair. The MLS laser is the only multi-wave locked system, dual wave, fully robotic laser therapy system on the market. This means deeper penetration with no heat produced allowing faster healing with no known side effects. It has been cleared with the FDA since 2009.

Why laser therapy over other forms of therapy?

Laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery; there are no known side effects; and it is quick and convenient.  Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of physical therapy. These studies were performed at many prestigious institutions, including Harvard.

How does MLS laser therapy work?

Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.

What can I expect during laser therapy?

MLS laser therapy is a painless treatment that lasts an average of 8 minutes. You may experience an uncomfortable sensation at the point of application. The laser is fully robotic and placed above the skin allowing the healing energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular bio-molecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function. This also enhances the body’s natural healing processes.

What do the MLS laser treatments feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment, which means no pain. Laser treatments can even be relaxing.

How many laser treatments will I need?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. The typical treatment protocol is between 6 and 12 visits. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

What can I expect after MLS laser therapy?

Most people experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 6 to 10 sessions. Swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quicker typically within 3 to 4 weeks, while chronic conditions such as neuropathy or arthritis can be controlled with regular ongoing treatments. The effects of MLS laser therapy are cumulative; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan which should be scheduled at least twice weekly. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur.

Are the results of MLS laser therapy long-lasting?

MLS laser therapy is about healing. It’s not about masking or covering up a condition. When you feel better from this therapy…it’s because you are better. Therefore, results have been found to be quite long-lasting.

Can laser therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes. MLS laser therapy is sometimes more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery.

How do I know if MLS laser therapy is right for me?

We will evaluate your condition and perform a complete history and examination to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Call us to schedule your evaluation or a consultation with one of our doctors.

How much does laser therapy cost and will my insurance cover it?

Our MLS laser therapy package is $360, which includes treatments twice a week for six weeks and a follow-up examination to evaluate your progress. The package is expected to be paid in full by your first treatment. You will receive a quote including the total cost prior to scheduling treatment. Health insurance does not cover laser therapy; however, you may use your Health Savings Account or other health care spending dollars to pay for this treatment. We also offer CareCredit for convenient payment plan options.

Aerolase Laser

The Aerolase laser can treat warts and cure fungal nails. Laser treatments of foot and ankle issues are quick, safe, and provide unparalleled results compared to traditional treatment methods.

The Aerolase Lightpod Neo Laser

The Aerolase Lightpod Neo laser is an FDA-approved aesthetic treatment for unsightly nails, fungal infections, spider veins, age spots, and warts. The FAAWC chose the Aerolase Laser over other options because it’s safe, effective, and offers the most advanced technology. This laser also has some of the best clinical research supporting it and superior recorded results.

Conditions Treated by the Aerolase Laser

Fungal Nails

The Foot & Ankle Wellness Center has been treating fungal nails with good success using the Aerolase laser. Studies report a 92.7% success rate with this laser treatment… the highest of any other treatment option. Our Aerolase laser penetrates through the nail plate to the nail bed where it kills fungal infection with no damage to the surrounding nail. This is a safe and simple treatment.

You can reapply nail polish immediately after treatment (we recommend Zoya nail polish). Your nail won’t look perfect right away. After the infection is destroyed, the yellowed and thickened nail will need to grow out. This usually takes about 6-12 months. Additional trimming and treatment in our Medical Nail Salon can help make the existing nail look better.

Warts

One of the most common uses for lasers is the effective removal of warts. Many at-home-remedy options for warts involve salicylic acid. This compound can be found in the form of drops, gels, or pads and should be used with caution since it can damage healthy skin and should not be used on people with diabetes or poor circulation.

However, laser treatment for wart removal can be used on everyone.  Our laser will attack the wart in two ways, making it doubly effective for our patients. First, the laser destroys the cells that are infected. Then, it destroys the capillaries that feed the infected area. A local anesthetic is usually given for added comfort, especially when the wart is large or already painful. Treatment can often be completed in one office visit, though there might be some recovery time.

FUNGAL NAIL - BEFORE

FUNGAL NAIL - AFTER

Aerolase Laser Treatment Packages & Pricing

Fungal Nail Treatment Pricing

Our fungal nail therapy package is $600, which includes 6 treatments, one per month for six months, one bottle of topical antifungal, one bottle of antifungal spray, and a follow-up examination to evaluate your progress. The package is expected to be paid in full by your first treatment. You will receive a quote including the total cost prior to scheduling treatment. Health insurance does not cover laser therapy; however, you may use your Health Savings Account or other health care spending dollars to pay for this treatment. We also offer CareCredit for convenient payment plan options. Call us to schedule your evaluation or a consultation with one of our doctors.

Wart Treatment Pricing

Removal of warts by laser therapy is routinely covered by health care insurance plans.

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