Happy New Year everyone! I hope your New Year’s Eve shoes were sensible and supportive. Let’s jump right into 2016 with the amazing topic of Lasers. Lasers are used in a wide variety of technology nowadays and that means great things for your feet. Lasers can treat warts, rejuvenate skin, remove hair, cure fungal nails, and even diminish spider veins.
Lasers have been in use since 1958, the year of their invention. Modern day lasers are used for scientific, military, medical, and industrial purposes. One of the most common uses for lasers in podiatry is for the effective removal of warts. Many of the at-home-remedy options for warts involve salicylic acid. This compound can be found in the form of drops, gels, or pads and should be used with caution since it can damage healthy skin and should not be used on people with diabetes. A laser is for everyone.
A laser will attack the wart in two ways, making it doubly effective for our patients. First, the laser destroys the cells that are infected; then, it destroys the capillaries that feed the infected area. A local anesthetic is usually given for added comfort, especially when the wart is large or already painful. Treatment can be completed in a short office visit, though there will be some recovery time where you will want to take it easy.
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