Get answers for frequently asked questions!
Haro Podiatry & Laser Center has been able to provide effective treatment for numerous patients over many years. During this time, we have been able to compile a list of questions that are often asked. You are certainly always welcome to give us a call if you have a question not featured in the section. While you’re on the line, be sure to request your appointment with Dr. Haro so he can create a treatment plan to resolve your foot or ankle problem. We add to this section, so be sure to check back periodically!
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Is laser therapy covered by my insurance?
Each insurance company is different and the best way to find out if laser therapy is covered is to contact your specific carrier to find out. Please also realize that coverage may differ depending on the condition for which you are being treated. For example, deformed and discolored toenail treatment is not covered by any insurance carrier.
Am I going to feel any pain with laser therapy?
One of the great benefits of laser therapy is that it is painless. You will usually go through the whole treatment without feeling any discomfort. You may feel some warmth, which tells us that the laser light is being transmitted, but there is no pain involved.
I have heel pain. Can that be treated with laser therapy?
Heel pain is one of the most common conditions we treat with laser therapy. Usually patients opt for laser because they want to avoid taking cortisone injections. They find laser to be a safer and less painful treatment option. Other common conditions that we treat with laser include sports injuries, tendonitis, and painful neuropathy among others.
Can custom orthotics improve my endurance?
Yes. When your feet are out of alignment, your muscles have to work harder to make up for your foot deficiency. Custom orthotics will re align your feet and help reduce the extra work that your muscle have to do. For a full discussion feel free to go to our custom orthotic page.
Why should I choose laser therapy over other treatments?
Generally, safety and time are the main advantages of laser over traditional therapies for fungal toenails. Laser is very safe with no record of any adverse side effects. Oral medications on the other hand always carry a risk of gastric, liver, and kidney side effects. Laser also works in conjunction with other treatments to speed up your bodies healing process. Please refer back to our laser therapy page for a more in-depth discussion.
I have high-arched feet. Would orthotics help me?
Yes. Custom foot orthotics can definitely help with your high arches. We recommended a biomechanical evaluation by a podiatrist to determine the exact condition you suffer from. Then, if needed, a pair of custom orthotics would help balance your feet and alleviate the symptoms of your high arches.
I woke up with my foot in extreme pain, red and swollen. But I don’t remember having any trauma.
A red, painful foot without trauma may be a sign of a common condition known as gout.
What can cause Gout?
Most commonly, gout is triggered by diet. Certain foods such as steaks, wine, seafoods and beans are known to trigger gout attacks if consumed frequently or at high levels.
I keep on spraining my ankles. Is that normal?
No, it is not normal to have continued ankle sprains. I would recommend a podiatric evaluation. You may have repeated ankle sprains if you don’t have an initial one treated properly and aggressively. If your initial ankle sprain does not heal properly you will have a weak ankle that is prone to sprains. Another reason may be high-arched feet. People with high arches sprain their ankles repeatedly. High-arched feet are very unstable, which causes the ankle to twist inward causing sprains.