Foot & Ankle Institute
Podiatrists located in Katy, TX & Houston, TX
Foot & Ankle Institite now offers laser therapy at both our Katy and West Houston locations for pain management, fungal nail and wart treatment. Everyone's pain is different. Our physicians at Foot & Ankle Institute can diagnose and treat your unique pain using our innovative Remy Laser system helping you get back on your feet and pain free quickly. Laser Therapy is one of the most safe and effective ways to treat various conditions that cause foot and ankle pain. Laser therapy has vast amounts of benefits including:
- Accelerated cellular reproduction and growth - which is key in repairing the cells of cartilage, bone, tendons, ligaments, and muscle tissue.
- Reduced scar tissue that typically develops from specific injuries. When patients have less scar tissue, the likelihood of chronic pain is also reduced.
- Decreased inflammation and increased blood circulation.
Laser therapy for fungal nail and wart treatment is also a less invasive and pain free alternative to more traditional treatment methods.
Schedule a consultation today at either of our convenient locations to see if laser therapy is right for you.
Understanding Laser Therapy Treatments
Laser Therapy for Pain Management
With 26 bones in the foot alone, as well as major ligaments, tendons, joints, and nerves – it’s not surprising that millions of Americans suffer various types of foot and ankle pain. Class IV laser therapy is used for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. When the light source is placed against the skin, photons penetrate several centimeters down and are absorbed by the mitochondria (the energy producing part of a cell). This energy results in the restoration of normal cell function. The main goal of laser therapy is to stimulate the cell to perform its natural functions, but at an enhanced rate. Laser therapy is a quick and easy treatment allowing patients to relax during the procedure. In contrast to “cold lasers,” which provide no feeling or sensation, high power diode laser therapy provides a warm, soothing feeling.
Some of the most common source of foot pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis – which often creates moderate to severe heel pain
- Tendonitis including
- Achilles tendonitis
- Posterior tendonitis (or PTTD)
- Peroneal tendonitis (tendonitis affecting the midfoot and arch)
- Ankle sprains
- Neuroma (or a pinched nerve)
- Arthritis and inflammation
- Hallux limitus (or a stiff big toe joint)
Any one of these conditions can create chronic (long-term) pain or acute (short-term) pain.
Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails
Fungal nails affects millions of people. While many find the condition to simply be an eye sore, fungal nails can lead to a larger complication including:
- Infection of other toenails
- Infecting family and friends
- Increased pain
- Ingrown toenails
One of the most prevalent types of fungal foot infections directly affects your toenails. This type of condition is known as onychomycosis. You may have onychomycosis if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Yellow or other discoloration of your toenails
- Thickened or brittle toenails
- An unpleasant odor coming from the nail area
Individuals with diabetes are also more susceptible to fungal nails due to compromised immune systems. Laser Therapy offers an effective, safe option for treating fungal toenails without the side effects of some medications.