The Foot Blog
In two previous blog posts, I discussed prevention of ingrown toenails and a home treatment that may provide some relief (for people who are otherwise in good health). However, if you currently have an ingrown toenail, there are some situations in which you should absolutely see a podiatrist and not attempt to treat it yourself.
You should see a podiatrist about an ingrown toenail if …
- You see drainage, excessive redness or signs of infection,
- You have severe pain,
- You've tried a home remedy and it didn't work, or
- You have diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders (if you have any of these conditions, you should see a podiatrist immediately, at the first sign of an ingrown toenail, to avoid serious complications.)
What can a podiatrist do to treat your ingrown toenail?
An experienced podiatrist can properly diagnose and determine the most effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. At The Foot & Ankle Center, our podiatrists routinely treat ingrown toenails. In many cases, we'll apply a numbing agent to your foot and remove the ingrown portion of the nail. We may also prescribe medication to treat any infection that has occurred. Some people have a chronic problem with a particular toenail that keeps becoming ingrown; in those cases there is a procedure we can do that will permanently prevent ingrown toenails. We can also advise you on ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future, including proper nail care and shoes that fit well.
If you've been suffering with ingrown toenails, please know that we've been able to help many others who've had the same painful problem. I encourage you to make an appointment today, and see how we can help you.
This animated video from MLS Laser Technologies addresses a common question patients ask about this effective treatment for pain.
For most patients, the positive effect of MLS Laser Therapy is long-lasting. While each person and each condition varies, we’ve found that 85 to 90 percent of all patients receive tremendous relief from their pain and inflammation when they go through a series of MLS Laser Therapy treatments. While most patients may not need additional treatments in the future, some conditions like arthritis are degenerative. The great thing about the MLS laser therapy for arthritic patients is that once you feel better, you can be more active and this increased activity may help to minimize the long-term effects of arthritis. Even so, you may need an occasional single MLS treatment every four to six weeks over the course of the year, just to hold the inflammation at bay and keep arthritic pain in check. One of our podiatrists will be happy to discuss what treatment schedule will be best for you, and if MLS laser therapy would benefit you. Request a consultation today:
This short animation from MLS Laser Technologies explains what MLS Laser Therapy is, and how it works.
The MLS Therapy Laser is one of the most advanced lasers currently available to the medical profession. This FDA-cleared laser uses concentrated light energies to stimulate the body's own healing process to minimize pain, inflammation and arthritis, and reduce recovery times so you can return to a pain-free life. By using specific wavelengths and a patented delivery system, MLS Laser Therapy can speed up the process of relieving inflammation and pain associated with many conditions. The laser has a unique pain relieving effect, which can be dramatic! Many patients feel significantly better in just a few treatments. In fact, 85 to 90 percent of all patients will experience significant relief of their pain and inflammation, and can go back to a normal and productive life. Request a consultation with one of our podiatrists to see if MLS Therapy could help you:
This animated video from MLS Laser Technologies answers another question patients ask about this advanced treatment for pain.
Many people ask if there is any pain associated with MLS Laser Therapy treatments. There are many kinds of laser technology, each with specific characteristics. Through years of research and development, the MLS Laser was designed to treat conditions without an excessive thermal effect often felt as heat. Most people report that they do not feel anything during MLS Laser Therapy treatments. Occasionally, you may feel a slight warming sensation at the treatment site, which is normal, and an indication that the inflammation is being relieved and your body is responding properly. MLS Laser Therapy stimulates and jumpstarts your body's natural healing process, so you heal faster with less pain and inflammation. The MLS therapy laser is specially designed to treat you without any discomfort or negative side effects, so you can relax while you're being treated with this FDA-cleared and patented technology. Ask one of our podiatrists if MLS Laser Therapy would benefit you! Request a consultation:
Here’s another short video from MLS Laser Technologies to answer a question patients have about this remarkable pain treatment. Enjoy!
While the MLS Therapy Laser is FDA-cleared, treatments aren't covered by insurance yet. However, for most patients, when they consider that the MLS has an 85 to 90 percent efficacy for pain, inflammation and arthritis, and that the treatments are non-invasive, pain-free and provides quick relief — it’s an easy decision. In fact, with rising out-of-pocket co-pays for many patients, the cost of MLS Therapy Laser treatments may actually be less costly than other, more invasive treatments that are covered by insurance! At The Foot & Ankle Center, we have also decided to make the treatments as affordable as possible for you, so you can benefit from this advanced technology. MLS Laser Therapy is often the most efficient AND cost effective treatment option to start to heal and relieve your pain. Let us know if you have questions, or request a consultation with one of our podiatrists:
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