MLS Laser Therapy Specialist

Range Foot & Ankle

Katie Evans, DPM

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Virginia, MN & Ely, MN

MLS® Laser Therapy



When a physical condition or injury affects mobility or quality of life, there is one goal: A rapid return to every-day activities. MLS Laser Therapy is an advanced laser technology that works to eliminate pain and reduce inflammation in the body in a safe, painless, and non-invasive way. This therapy utilizes dual wavelengths of infrared light to penetrate deep into the tissue and stimulate regeneration at the cellular level. There are no known side-effects! Laser therapy is cleared by the FDA and is safe and effective.

Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy:

- Rapidly reduces pain

- Strong anti-inflammatory

- Improves blood circulation

Quick Recovery of:

- sprains & strains

- the structure and function of an injured region

- swollen areas and surface injuries, such as wounds and ulcers

At Range Foot & Ankle, we are proud to be on the medical technological forefront by offering MLS Laser Therapy. We have invested in the very best technology as a key component of our continuing quest to offer you the finest in health care.


Why choose MLS Laser Therapy?

MLS Laser Therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are no known side effects, and it is quick and convenient. According to studies performed by top academic institutions, such as Harvard University, laser therapy is equal to or more effective than other forms of therapy.

Will the treatment hurt?

No, laser therapy does not hurt. There is little or no sensation during treatment.

How long does a typical treatment session take?

The length of a typical treatment session is 10 to 15 minutes. However, it depends on the size of the area being treated. Treatments are usually received 2-3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.

How many treatments does it take?

The number of treatments depends on the nature of the condition being treated. The typical course of treatment takes between 6 to 12 visits.

How long before results are felt?

You may feel improvement to your condition after 1 to 3 treatments. For some more chronic conditions, it may take up to 6 visits to feel the benefits of laser therapy. Not everyone responds to laser therapy in the same way.

Are the results long-lasting?

MLS Laser Therapy is about healing. With MLS Laser Therapy, we are not masking or covering up a condition, but rather, treating the root of your pain and inflammation. Because of this, many patients have seen long-term results.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes, MLS Laser Therapy is sometimes more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery.

How does MLS laser therapy work?

The following are ten benefits of MLS® Laser Therapy.  MLS Laser Therapy can be used on many musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

1. Anti-Inflammatory

MLS® Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes

vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains

swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or


2. Analgesic

MLS® Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain

transmitted by these cells to the brain which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to

the decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking

mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as

endorphins and enkephalin from the brain and adrenal gland.

3. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth

Photons of light from lasers penetrate

deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light

increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster

and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are

repaired faster.

4. Improved Vascular Activity

Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new

capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds

quickly and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis,

which causes temporary vasodilation and increase in the diameter of blood vessels.

5. Increases Metabolic Activity

MLS® Laser Therapy creates higher outputs of specific

enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.

6. Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points

MLS® Laser Therapy stimulates muscle trigger

points and acupuncture points on a noninvasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain


7. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation

MLS® Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar

tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.

8. Improved Nerve Function

Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can

result in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell

reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle healing.

9. Immunoregulation

Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulating

immunoglobulins and lymphocytes. Laser emissions are absorbed by chromophores

(molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. Upon exposure to the laser, the enzyme

flavomononucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosinetriphosphate),

which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all

chemical reactions in the cells.

10. Faster Wound Healing

Laser light stimulates fibroblast development in damaged

tissue. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is the essential protein

required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, MLS® Laser

Therapy is effective post surgically and in the treatment of open wounds and burns.