A New & Effective Treatment Option for Pain and Fungus
Living in pain or feeling embarrassed to wear open-toed shoes is not living at all.
Everyone’s pain or embarrassment is different. We will diagnose, treat, and restore – whether it’s in the heel, arches, ball of your foot, and/or toes or toenails – getting you back to your daily routine with comfort and ease!
Class IV laser therapy is one of the safest and most effective ways to treat various conditions that cause foot and ankle pain or toenail fungus and discoloration! Laser therapy has a vast amount 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 penetrates the nail bed and kills the fungus living underneath the nail – without pain and without any harmful side effects.
What is The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy?
The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy is a safe and effective therapy that is FDA-cleared for treating toenail fungus, warts and areas of inflammation in the body. It is FDA-cleared for temporary relief of pain and reduction of symptoms associated with mild arthritis and muscle pain. Laser also promotes relaxation of muscle spasm and promotes vasodilation. Pain relief from laser therapy may be dramatic and substantial, lasting for hours, days or weeks. The primary effects of The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are increased circulation, the release of more oxygen from the bloodstream and enhanced utilization of that oxygen to increase ATP production. Mitochondria are a likely site for the initial effects, leading to increased ATP production, modulation of reactive oxygen species and induction of transcription factors. These effects lead to increased cell proliferation and migration, modulation of cytokines levels, growth factors and inflammatory mediators, and increased tissue oxygenation. Cell permeability is also enhanced/increased. Basically, laser therapy can help with tissue repair most notably in chronic pain/injury. Studies have also shown that laser promotes accelerated nerve regeneration and improved functional recovery of peripheral nerves (ie. diabetic neuropathy).
How many treatment sessions will I need?
For fungal treatment, you will need at least 3 treatments spaced 1 month apart. For pain and inflammation, the number of The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy sessions you will need depends on the nature and duration of your condition, and other factors. Some acute conditions will respond in 6 or fewer sessions, whereas chronic conditions may take 15 or more treatments. Some chronic conditions require ongoing care to sustain pain relief and functionality.
What does it feel like to get a treatment?
Most patients describe it as a very soothing, warm sensation. Since, The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy is a high-powered therapy laser, your skin will get warm during the treatment. Many patients feel a significant reduction in pain on the first visit. Occasionally, patients will feel slightly more pain immediately after the treatment- and then feel much better the next day. How will I feel after the treatment? You may feel pain relief after just the first treatment. For other patients, it takes a while longer. Most patients report feeling very relaxed, or even tired. If you feel a lot less pain, keep in mind that pain reduction is just one goal. The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy is giving your body’s cells more energy, so they repair and regenerate new tissues. The effect of The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy treatments is cumulative. You will be getting more benefit with successive treatments.
Do I need to take special precautions after my Remy Class IV Laser Therapy treatment?
When used to treat pain and inflammation, one effect of the The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy treatment is vasodilation- which means your blood and lymphatic vessels have a larger diameter. This helps with inflammation reduction, but for some people the vasodilation can also make them sore. Use ice on the area, as directed by your doctor. You could use a pain relief gel, such as Biofreeze.
For more information on The Remy Class IV Laser Therapy and whether it is right for you, please ask one of our doctors.
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 Onychomycosis
Fungal foot infections. They can create major discomfort and even embarrassment. They are also EXTREMELY COMMON; affecting millions of people each year.
Additionally, fungus is easily spread. Individuals with fungus may have contracted it through shared bathroom space, public locker rooms, showers, and pools, shared clothing or shoes, even carpeting.
For some, fungus is simply genetic. When this is the case, treatment can become even more difficult given the likelihood of reoccurrence.
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
It’s not uncommon to feel discomfort and embarrassment due to the unsightly appearance and these symptoms of onychomycosis.
Fungal nail affects nearly 10% of the US population.
While many find the condition to be, simply, an eye sore, fungal nail can also lead to a larger problems incuding:
- infection of other toenails
- infecting friends and family
- increased pain
- ingrown toenails
Individuals with diabetes are also more susceptible to fungal nail given their compromised immune systems.
Laser therapy offers an effective, safe option for treating fungal toenail without the side effects of many oral medications.
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