What is Podiatry Laser Treatment?

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Medical lasers can help with a wide range of conditions, including those related to podiatry. Medical lasers are more precise than traditional surgical tools. They facilitate many treatments that support foot health, including stimulating blood flow or removing growths in a targeted way.

Are There Different Types of Lasers?

There are several different types of laser devices, each one made by a different company. In general, a physician and others in the office who handle the laser must have specialized training. This ensures each type of laser is only used in the situation where it produces the best results.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Podiatry laser treatment is most commonly used to remove fungal nail infections, particularly onychomycosis. This infection leads to gradual changes in both the appearance and texture of nails. It leads to characteristic discoloration that can be yellow, white, or brown.

Laser devices can partially or totally clear away the discoloration along with the associated fungus. Although there remains a chance the infection will return, that’s also true of all the other treatments currently available.

Podiatry laser treatment can also be used to stimulate the body’s natural healing response in and around the feet. Certain wavelengths of laser light are associated with increased blood flow, healthy cellular turnover, and ultimately, tissue repair. That makes it a possible treatment for a wide range of conditions that involve foot trauma, particularly when healing has been slow.

Benefits of Podiatry Laser Treatment

Podiatry laser treatment is chosen for a wide range of reasons:

  • Laser treatment has virtually no associated risks and can be used by most patients
  • It can, in many cases, produce noticeable results after a short course of treatment
  • Little to no pain or discomfort associated with most podiatry laser treatments
  • Podiatry laser treatment does not generally require a long period of recovery

Many patients report greater satisfaction with podiatry laser treatments than with treatments that use conventional tools or medications. Other podiatry concerns may require a more rigorous or long-term treatment plan. Your doctor will advise you on an ideal treatment approach.

Recovery Process for Podiatry Laser Treatment

During the podiatry laser treatment process, the patient’s skin is never broken with most forms of laser treatment. Therefore, no recovery period is necessary. Patients experience laser treatment as a brief sensation of warmth on the skin.

To find out more about podiatry laser treatment, contact Northeastern Foot & Ankle today.