Laser treatment can improve numerous podiatric health issues, and it has the added benefit of being an effective treatment that doesn’t involve surgery. Laser treatment is among the services available at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley, and the Montclare neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. When you’re ready to learn more about how laser technology can enhance your foot health, call the office to schedule a visit or book online in just a matter of moments.
“Laser” is an acronym for “light amplification of stimulated emission of radiation.” Lasers are essentially concentrated beams of light that can alter targeted tissue in a precise way.
There are many laser treatment platforms available. Some laser therapy creates a beam of light that acts similarly to a surgical scalpel. Other lasers create heat in the deeper layers of tissue while leaving the surface of your skin at a comfortable and safe temperature.
Laser treatment systems are designed with numerous safety measures in place. That means the risk of harming tissues outside the targeted treatment area is low.
These devices are manufactured to create reliably steady light therapy, so practitioners know exactly what to expect when they increase or decrease the intensity of the treatment laser.
There are numerous benefits to incorporating laser technology into podiatric treatment. One of the most impactful is the ability to alter targeted tissue without using a scalpel.
Additional benefits of laser treatment include:
Not all treatments can be performed using laser technology. However, when laser treatment is an option, your podiatrist explains the pros and cons of using laser technology versus more traditional treatment options.
Laser treatments can address multiple podiatric needs. A type of laser called low-level laser therapy, or cold laser, can help treat pain that stems from numerous foot or ankle conditions, including:
Other types of lasers can remove plantar warts, without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. The laser targets the blood vessels within plantar warts, damaging the vessel walls and causing them to collapse. Without an adequate blood supply, plantar warts fade away over time.
Laser treatments are also a good option for treating toenail fungus. The heat from the laser targets and kills the fungus, preventing additional spread. It may take several treatments to achieve optimal results, but the process isn’t painful.
If you’d like more information about how laser treatments can help improve your foot health, call the office to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available and takes little time to complete.