Posts for tag: foot pain

By McLean County Foot and Ankle
September 07, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Trust Dr. Gerald Paul for the latest in foot and ankle treatments which relieve pain and promote optimal function. At McLean County Foot Foot Painand Ankle in Bloomington, your podiatrist uses inventive MLS Laser Treatment to speed healing at the cellular level, treating a variety of podiatric conditions. Learn here how the Multi-wave Locked System works and how it can benefit you.

What is MLS Laser Treatment?

Any laser instrument takes a concentrated beam of light energy and focuses it to illuminate, cut, disinfect, or accomplish a staggering array of artistic, industrial, or medical/dental purposes. In the field of podiatric medicine, doctors such as Dr. Gerald Paul in Bloomington, join with other podiatrists in employing laser technology right in their treatment rooms.

Specifically, Dr. Paul utilizes the Multi-wave Locked System. It delivers two beams of light--one focused and one pulsed--simultaneously targeting areas of inflammation, pain, surgery, active infection, deformity, sprain, strain, fracture, and more.

Taking under 1/2 hour, FDA-cleared MLS Laser treatments works best in a series spread out over several weeks. They need no special preparation, and patients return to their normal activities immediately. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery states that the best benefit of MLS Laser Treatment is increased energy production of the treated area at the cellular level. In other words, the laser helps the mitochondria, the power plants of each body cell, to increase in activity, using nutrients and oxygen more effectively to promote:

  • Quicker and more complete healing post-injury or surgery
  • Increased production of collagen, the protein which makes skin and connective tissue more supple, elastic, and resilient
  • Better circulation and nerve function
  • Pain control and relief
  • Cellular repair (healing)
  • Reduction of inflammation and edema (swelling)
  • Better delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the extremities particularly after injury or surgery
  • Removal of toxins from affected areas (overabundance of histamines, for example)

Specific uses for MLS Laser Treatment

Dr. Paul often advises laser treatments as part of comprehensive care plans for people who are in good overall health or are in reasonable control of chronic conditions such as diabetes. Treatable conditions include:

  • Neuropathy
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain due to inflammation)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic ulcers and wounds
  • Tendonitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sore muscles

Find out more

Not functioning at your best? Suffering from pain, inflammation and poor healing in your extremities? MLS laser treatments from Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle may be your way to optimal functioning and improved well-being. Call the office in Bloomington, IL, today to schedule a consultation with your podiatrist at (309) 662-9001.

By McLean County Foot and Ankle
January 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain   foot pain  

Walking and standing are two important tasks that, when compromised, can have a huge affect on your quality of everyday life. heel painFortunately, heel pain is a common condition with many treatments to choose from. Learn more about heel pain treatment with Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain comes from various sources and normally depends on a patient’s lifestyle, injuries and the physical makeup of their foot. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:

  • trauma to the foot
  • tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • bone spur
  • bursitis
  • nerve damage
  • stress fracture
  • plantar fasciitis

If you feel as though heel pain has begun affecting your everyday life, you should schedule a diagnostic appointment with your podiatrist. There, your doctor will determine the underlying cause of your heel pain to find the best treatment plan for you.

How can my podiatrist help my heel pain? 
Your appointment will include a physical examination and help your doctor gather information on your medical and family history and lifestyle. These important factors can help pinpoint the root of your pain to find the appropriate treatment. The physical examination may also include x-rays or MRIs to see the structural makeup of your foot and ankle.

Heel Pain Treatments in Bloomington, IL
Treating heel pain depends heavily on its cause. For example, treatments for heel pain from plantar fasciitis may be different than treatments due to a broken bone or stress fracture. Most treatments begin with over-the-counter medication and at-home care like resting the painful foot and applying hot and/or cold compresses. Your doctor may suggest some prescription medications or cortisone injections. Prescription custom orthotics worn inside the shoe can help distribute the body’s weight onto the foot properly and a brace can help properly align the foot and ankle. Some conditions require surgery though more conservative treatments are almost always tried first.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL. Call (309) 662-9001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Paul today!

Contact Us

McLean County Foot and Ankle

(309) 662-9001

3801 G.E Road
Suite #4
Bloomington, Illinois 61704