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Laser MLS Therapy

Dr. Smith and Dr. Buckrop use MLS Laser Therapy as an innovative treatment to successfully reduce pain and inflammation – 90% of patients experience significant and quick improvements of their symptoms after only three to four sessions.

MLS stands for Multiwave Locked System, which means two different kinds of lasers are locked onto the affected area on the foot simultaneously. The lasers’ energy increases blood circulation, cell growth, and helps damaged tissue heal. MLS Laser Therapy has the following benefits:

  • Pain- free
  • Session takes less than 10 minutes
  • Positive effects often emerge already within 24 hours
  • Acute conditions might only require one session
  • No negative side effects during or after the application
  • Can be used to treat chronic conditions
  • Non-invasive

This FDA approved therapy can be used to treat the following foot problems:

  • Swelling
  • Neuropathy
  • Tissue injuries
  • Inflammation
  • Vascular conditions
  • Muscle Soreness

Dr. Kevin Smith DPM has become the first podiatrist in the Quad-Cities to offer MLS Laser Therapy to his patients, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment in order to find out whether Laser Therapy will work for you! In the meantime, learn more about this method of treatment here.

Welcome, Dr. Brian D. Buckrop!

Please help us welcome Dr. Buckrop to the team! He is working with Dr. Smith hand in hand to serve patients under the same roof.

You might have heard about his father, Dr. Mark Buckrop, who has been serving the Quad Cities as a podiatrist for 40 years. Brian D. Buckrop, DPM continues his legacy and has been treating Quad Citizens for over 35 years now, both in his private practice and as staff at Unity Point Health at the Moline and East Moline campuses.

Dr. Buckrop is a graduate from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and is a Board Certified Foot Surgery specialist licensed to practice in both Illinois and Iowa. He is also a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Illinois Podiatric Medical Association and American Podiatric Medical Association. Some of his specialty areas include:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • In-Office Surgery
  • Hospital Surgery
  • Custom Orthotics

Brian and his wife Susan live in Moline and have 2 children. They spend their free time together listening to music, walking, doing yard work, boating and traveling.

What can orthotics do for me?

Foot orthotics are insoles for your feet that are typically associated with people who need arch assistance; yet there are many others who can benefit. The properties within orthotics, either over-the-counter or custom made, have the purpose of ensuring the bones in your feet and ankles are generally positioned correctly. Benefits differ among different people, because individual amounts of walking, pace and stamina are not identical.

People who suffer from foot, knee and back pain are encouraged to wear orthotics regardless of your degree of pain, because it can relieve your suffering. They can also lower muscular fatigue and promote more efficient muscle performance.

Athletes may seek orthotics, because it can help increase endurance, strength and your performance. Overweight individuals can relieve the stress weight puts on the ligaments in their feet. Individuals who have diabetes or arthritis can enhance their mobility and reduce strain on parts of their body.

Ask your podiatrist whether orthotics can make you feel more comfortable, at ease and balanced one step at a time.

Find out more at http://www.bpm.ca.gov/forms_pubs/orthotics_brochure.shtml

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Don’t put off foot problems. Early detection of issues is important.

Putting off problems that could potentially be harmful for us in the long-term is irresponsible. This especially applies to issues that become worse over time and can in many cases be prevented by early treatment.

Seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis to check on the status of your feet is recommended. Individuals with diabetes are especially advised to monitor their feet as glucose in your blood from diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor blood flow, which can lead to serious foot problems. Calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, bunions, plantar warts, hammertoes, dry skin, and fungal infections might lead to severe infections and pain, thus impeding your ability to walk over time.

For more information please visit: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/prevent-diabetes-problems/Pages/keep-feet-healthy.aspx

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