Should I Get Laser Therapy for My Heel Pain?

by | Apr 29, 2023

Heel pain is a problem that affects children and adults, and it is most common among people between the ages of 40 and 60. As we age, our plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects our heels to our toes) begins to lose its elasticity.

The resulting heel pain can be a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which we offer specialized treatment for here at Midwest Podiatry Centers.

There are many options when it comes to finding out how to treat plantar fasciitis, including at-home remedies, stretches, and care from a professional. MLS laser therapy is one of our top suggestions for those who have ongoing heel pain.

In fact, MLS laser therapy reduced pain in 80% of patients in a clinical study

Is MLS right for you? Read on to learn more about laser therapy for heel pain at Midwest Podiatry. 

What is MLS Laser Therapy? 

MLS, or multi-wave locked system laser therapy, uses synchronized lasers in personalized settings to deliver painless, deeply penetrative treatment. The multi-wave system allows our team to customize the settings for your body’s needs. Factors like wavelength, power, frequency, and pulse mode are all set based on the doctor’s recommendations for your pain relief.

This highly effective treatment is completely non-invasive. That means there are no incisions, no downtime, and you can receive it without making any lifestyle modifications. 

MLS laser therapy activates an immune response in the body, which supports natural healing, reduced inflammation (swelling), and lower pain levels.

    Person receiving MLS laser therapy

    Top 3 Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy

    There are many reasons why we often suggest MLS laser therapy to patients that come to us looking for plantar fasciitis relief.

    Here are the top three benefits to know:

    1. Natural Pain Relief

    MLS laser therapy uses your body’s immune system to deliver results. The lasers themselves are not relieving the pain; instead, they are penetrating your skin to activate your lymphatic system, which helps remove excess fluid from swollen areas.

    In turn, this helps reduce the tissue inflammation that causes your heel pain.

    Choosing a highly effective natural treatment also reduces and can even eliminate your need for prescription painkillers. These drugs have habit-forming effects that can put you at risk for addiction, and they are not a lifelong solution and do not lead to true healing.

    2. Non-Invasive Procedure

    Patients that want to avoid surgery can try MLS laser therapy instead. In many cases, completing a full treatment plan eliminates the need for further intervention. If you have chronic plantar fasciitis and feel like surgery may be your only option for true relief, talk to us about giving MLS laser therapy a try first.

    3. Fast Results

    Treatment sessions only take around 10 minutes on average, and the results can be felt within the first three. In addition to being convenient, the effectiveness of this laser therapy can bring lasting pain relief.

    Although everyone’s experience is unique, up to 90% of patients experience major improvements.

    How Does MLS Laser Therapy Work?

    If you have tried heel pain treatments in the past, you might have found that they tend to only work for a short period. Learning to manage your plantar fasciitis is important so you can keep living your highest quality of life. For most people, that means not relying on pain medications or needing ongoing therapy just to walk without discomfort.

    MLS laser therapy is a natural treatment for plantar fasciitis, supported by state-of-the-art technology. The laser uses different wavelengths to target areas impacted by swelling. Inflammation is what leads to pain and tenderness. In this case, we would be using the lasers to directly treat your plantar fascia.

    Our doctors will determine the best wavelengths for your symptoms. Then, all you have to do is sit back and get comfortable while our machine does its job.

    MLS laser therapy for heel pain is extremely precise and usually eliminates the need for painkillers or surgery. It is a wonderful alternative to other treatments because it uses your body’s natural healing process to make you feel better.

    The immune response stimulated by the MLS laser ultimately helps your body naturally reduce the inflammation and irritation that causes you pain.

    Is MLS Laser Therapy Safe?

    MLS laser therapy is FDA-approved, meaning it has been reviewed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It does not cause any burning, scarring, or other noticeable effects. It does not damage any surrounding areas, either, as its precise movements and intensity are directed by a doctor.

    By opting for MLS laser therapy for plantar fasciitis, you could eliminate the need for frequent physical therapy appointments or lower your risk of addiction from taking prescription pain relievers.

    Person grabbing foot because of heel pain and would benefit from laser therapy

    When Will Your Heel Pain Subside?

    The best treatments have zero downtime and work fast while delivering long-lasting results. At Midwest Podiatry, we always aim to create treatment plans that go beyond symptom reduction and lead to long-term relief.

    Most patients notice a difference in their plantar fasciitis pain after one to three sessions. The average treatment plan for heel pain ranges between six to 12 sessions at our Edina office.

    For the best results, it is important that you complete the full treatment plan our doctors recommend, even if you are feeling better in half that time. Completing the entire treatment plan will ensure that you get the best possible results and that you are less likely to experience future pain.

    Want to Learn More About MLS Laser Therapy?

    If you are ready to book a consultation with one of our podiatrists, contact us today! Currently, we offer MLS laser therapy at our Edina, MN, office. Give us a call at (612) 788-8778, or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Peabody.

    If you want to get rid of your heel pain, MLS laser therapy might be just what you need.