At Capital Podiatry Associates, we're never satisfied with the status quo. We work hard to make sure our patients have access to the latest, most effective, evidence-backed treatment options. We know you want to get back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible, and we provide the innovative therapies you need to do just that. Multi-wave Locked System (MLS) laser therapy is one tool we frequently use to help patients get the superior results they deserve.

Incorporating laser therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan can have profoundly positive effects, including accelerated healing and the rapid reduction of pain and inflammation. MLS laser therapy can be used to treat a wide range of painful podiatric conditions. Its main applications include relief from pain and injuries, treatment of neuropathy, and post-surgical healing.

About MLS Laser Therapy

MLS therapy uses a pair of robotically synchronized lasers to trigger positive biological effects at the site of an injury. Each laser is tuned to a specific wavelength of light that affects the body's cells. While one laser primarily provides an anti-inflammatory effect, the other offers pain relief benefits. By combining these lasers into a single device, the MLS laser is able to achieve much more dramatic results than older forms of laser therapy while remaining completely safe.

The average laser therapy session takes just 15 minutes, with a typical treatment program consisting of anywhere from six to 12 sessions. It's also painless, doesn't require the use of any drugs, and has no known side effects.

Laser Therapy for Pain Relief

MLS therapy is a great choice as a primary or complementary treatment option for almost any kind of soft tissue injury, regardless of whether it is acute or chronic. This includes conditions as diverse as heel pain, ankle sprains, tendonitis, arthritis, and others.

Unlike cortisone shots or anti-inflammatory medications, MLS laser therapy doesn't just temporarily mask pain. While rapid pain relief is one of its primary effects, it also triggers a biological process that accelerates or jump-starts the healing process, increasing vascular activity and cellular metabolism and energizing the cellular repair processes.

This makes MLS therapy highly effective for cases of long-term chronic pain, as it can often provide injured tissues that have "given up" on the healing process the extra boost they need to finally heal without foot and ankle surgery. It is also highly favored by athletes and people who work on their feet, as it can reduce the overall recovery time from an acute injury by 30 to 50 percent.

Laser Therapy for Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a painful condition that can have any number of causes, but it is particularly common among patients with diabetes. As nerves in the feet start to degrade, you may notice intermittent sensations of tingling, burning, or shooting pain. Unfortunately, without treatment, these symptoms tend to get increasingly severe until they are constant and debilitating.

MLS laser therapy can not only help relieve nerve pain symptoms and slow further degeneration, but it has also shown some promising results in terms of encouraging nerves to regenerate and heal. While nerve damage isn't always fully reversible, MLS laser therapy is one of the most effective treatments available. For many people, it's been absolutely life-changing, helping them regain lost sensation and enabling them to return to the activities they once enjoyed.

Laser Therapy for Post-Surgical Healing

MLS therapy is often considered as an alternative to surgery, especially for chronic injuries that haven't healed through more traditional means. However, in cases where surgery is necessary, MLS laser therapy can also be used to help significantly improve the recovery process. Potential benefits include reduced post-surgical pain, faster closing of the surgical wound, and lower risk of infection or other complications. Choosing MLS therapy for post-surgical recovery also usually means a reduction in your need for pain management medications.

MLS Laser Therapy Benefits

MLS laser therapy is one of the best new treatments to come around in a long time, and it's one option we're very happy to be able to provide to our patients. Here are just a few of the reasons why it's so popular:

  • It's completely painless.
  • There are no known side effects.
  • It's drug-free.
  • It treats the causes of pain and not just the symptoms.
  • It's convenient, with appointments only lasting around 15 minutes.
  • It's FDA-approved and backed by several independent studies.
  • It works—and approximately 90 percent of patients say they're satisfied with the results.

Offering Expert Foot & Ankle Care in the Washington DC Area

If your feet or ankles are in pain, you deserve the best. At Capital Podiatry Associates, we are dedicated to ensuring you always receive the high-quality care you need to put the pain behind you and get back to your life.

Take the first step toward improved foot health: Complete our contact form or call our Alexandria office at (703) 560-3773 to request an appointment with one of our specialists. Can't make it into our office? We also offer telemedicine consultations.