Greenwich Plaza

221 Greenwich Circle, Suite 105,
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 799-9581
(561) 799-0062 fax

Posts for: August, 2014

    Now that the children of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens are all back to school, we start seeing more and more kids in our office with heel pain. Why is it that our kids were feeling fine all summer and suddenly you have to drag them to a podiatrist's office in the middle of the day?

    Rest assured, that you are not alone. A lot of kids start having pain around this year because after a relaxing summer of hanging out at the beach and playing video games they are suddenly thrust back into intense sports practices. A lot of kids we see this time of year are teen and pre-teen boys that have just started up the football season. These kids can get pain to the back of their heels that may actually cause them to limp. This pain is most commonly associated with an open growth plate and a tight Achilles tendon. Treatment often includes rest, ice, heel cups or orthotics and lots and lots of stretching. Occasionally, a child shows up with a fracture of the heel bone, which is a lot more serious of an injury. My advice is not to delay if your child has heel pain. Ignoring the pain this early in the school year may cause nagging pain and missed games throughout the season. Often, early and agressive treatment can resolve this foot pain before it gets worse!

These days we hear a lot of talk about lasers in the medical field, but there is little talk about how lasers actually work. Today, we will talk about the science behind our MLS Laser. The laser we offer in our office works to decrease pain and swelling for a variety of different issues. This is not the same laser that is used for fungal toenails.

The MLS laser is a cold laser. It uses pulsed infrared light that is painless. This light stimulates your body's own cells metabolism to both decrease swelling (or inflammation) and also decrease pain. The MLS laser uses two different wavelengths that work together to give the best benefit possible.

We recommend laser therapy for a number of different patients. We have found a lot of success for patients with Achilles tendonitis, plantar fascitis, ankle sprains, foot strains, and for our patients who have had recent surgery. After the initial consultation, each in-office session, takes only 7 minutes of your time. MLS laser therapy is painless and often a great option for patients to try as an alternative to painful injections or strong oral medications.

If you think you may be a candidate for laser therapy or if you would like more information, give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your particular needs and how laser therapy could help.