The term “laser therapy” refers to the use of light to engage, promote, and accelerate the body’s natural healing process. When the concentrated light from laser beams moves over the skin, it absorbs into the tissue where it can engage with cells to promote a healing effect. At Newport Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Haupt is proud to offer patients a variety of laser treatment options to promote healing from a wide range of foot and ankle concerns.
MLS Laser: Short for Multiwave Locked System, MLS laser therapy is designed to help address pain, inflammation, and swelling that are characteristic in a variety of conditions, including those that affect the feet and ankles. The MLS technology allows the laser beam to deliver therapeutic wavelengths that promote healing while staying concentrated on the area that needs attention. MLS Laser therapy is a promising treatment option for people with plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, arthritis, sports injuries, tendon and ligament damage, diabetic foot wounds and muscle strains and sprains.
PinPointe™ FootLaser®: Nail fungus is a sometimes embarrassing and often painful reality for millions of people, worldwide. Historically, nail fungus was challenging to treat because the infection is happening underneath the nail – making it hard for any topical products to address the problem. But with the PinPointe FootLaser, Dr. Haupt and his expert team can offer this virtually pain-free 30-minute laser procedure with minimal side effects and a high rate of effectiveness. The process involves laser light that transfers through the toenail to the tissue underneath, without causing any damage to the nail itself or the tissue surrounding it. For most people, one treatment is all it takes to kill the fungus.
Topaz: The goal of the minimally invasive Topaz procedure (medically referred to as percutaneous radiofrequency micro debridement) is to effectively address plantar fasciitis through the removal of diseased tissue and the promotion of healing cells directly into the inflamed fascia of the affected heel. This procedure is expertly performed by Dr. Haupt in the operating room and involves making a minimal incision (only about an inch long) on the plantar heel to remove pieces of built-up scar tissue. As the small pieces of damaged tissue are removed, radiofrequency energy is then guided into the area to vascularize the fascia and promote healing. One of the most important benefits of this procedure is that it quickly and precisely addresses and removes the affected tissue, with less disruption of the surrounding tissue of the heel and remainder of the foot.
Tenex: The Tenex procedure is also minimally invasive and is specifically designed to identify and then remove painful scar tissue from tendons. Tenex is useful in the surgical treatment of both plantar fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. The procedure itself is performed expertly by Dr. Haupt under only local anesthetic to the affected area of the heel. The tip of the device used in this procedure is about the same circumference as that of a toothpick and is inserted into the heel area via guided ultrasound. The implanted device emits ultrasonic energy designed to break apart scar tissue, which is then suctioned and removed. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes to complete, and the small opening in the heel does not require stitches, only a small adhesive bandage.
If you or someone you know is interested in exploring laser treatment options for a foot or ankle condition, contact us today. With a breadth of experience in laser treatments, Dr. Haupt and his expert team are here to help.