Doctor encourages people with diabetes to explore treatment options.

White Plains, November 10, 2023—During November’s Diabetes Awareness Month, one local podiatrist is urging people with diabetes who experience nerve pain in their feet to seek medical attention and explore their options for relief.

Up to 70 percent of people with diabetes experience peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage caused by high blood sugar. Nerve damage can cause sensations of heaviness and numbness or burning and tingling that can be excruciatingly painful.

diabetic wound care yonkersPainful diabetic peripheral neuropathy can affect mobility, interrupt sleep, and contribute to depression and anxiety. And nerve damage may progress to complete loss of sensation, which puts patients at risk for wounds they can’t feel, serious infections, and even amputation and death.


“People with diabetes should know that foot pain is never normal,” said Afsana Qader, DPM. “You don’t have to live with pain. At the first sign of discomfort, patients should see their podiatrist for diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.”

Dr. Qader emphasized that proper diagnosis is critical. Other conditions, such as a herniated disc or a vitamin deficiency can cause similar sensations, so it’s important to get the right diagnosis to address the symptoms. Your podiatrist is an expert in the foot and ankle and can identify the source of the pain.

“If a patient does have peripheral neuropathy, it’s important to catch it early,” said Dr. Qader. “The pain typically begins in the toes, but peripheral neuropathy does progress, so come in to see your podiatrist before it spreads up your foot.”

Dr. Qader said your podiatrist can discuss options to treat your nerve pain, from pharmaceuticals to devices, and can refer you to a neurologist or pain management expert if necessary. She also emphasized that it’s important to make your primary care physician and your entire diabetes care team aware if you develop peripheral neuropathy.

Your podiatrist can also collaborate with the rest of your diabetes care team to help you manage your A1C, the best way to avoid or slow the progression of peripheral neuropathy.

To learn more about painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy and the options available to treat your pain, visit


Dr. Qader is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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Do you suffer from foot and ankle pain caused by injuries, arthritis, or other chronic and acute conditions? You may be looking for a safe and effective treatment option in Westchester County that can help you heal faster and feel better.

One of the most advanced and innovative foot & ankle treatments available today is MLS laser therapy, a non-invasive technique that uses low-level laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation and promote tissue repair.

In this article, we’ll explain what MLS laser therapy is, how it works, and why it is a great option for rehabilitating foot and ankle ailments at Westchester Foot Care’s Therapy Laser Center.

What is MLS Laser Therapy ?

MLS laser therapy is a technique that uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate the cells of the body and enhance their natural healing processes. It’s based on a patented impulse that combines low and high power emissions. It’s non-invasive, painless, and effective for various conditions including arthritis.It has been used in Europe for pain management for decades and also in veterinary care.

Westchester Foot Care’s Therapy Laser  Center uses higher-powered Class 4 lasers that can penetrate deeper into the tissues and nerves that are affected by pain and inflammation. Unlike the type of lasers used to remove tattoos or perform surgery, MLS lasers have a wider range that allows them to spread evenly over the target area without causing damage or discomfort.

MLS laser therapy uses two therapeutic wavelengths: 808 nanometer (anti-edemic and anti-inflammatory) and 905 nanometer (analgesic). These synchronized wavelengths cause a metabolic reaction in the cells that stimulates healing and pain relief.

According to Dr. Jean Santo, a pain management specialist and anesthesiologist writing on, “These two wavelengths work together to increase circulation; draw oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area creating an optimal healing environment; reduce inflammation; reduce scar tissue formation following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery; stimulate the immune system; stimulate endorphin release; accelerate tissue repair and cell growth; improve nerve function; increase metabolic activity; reduce fibrous tissue formation; improve vascular activity; improve nerve function.”

How Does MLS Laser Therapy Work?

MLS laser therapy works by delivering light energy to the affected cells in a very precise and controlled manner. The light energy is absorbed by the cells and converted into chemical energy, which then activates a series of reactions that enhance the natural healing processes of the body. The light energy also stimulates the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy source of the cells, which helps them function at a higher level.

The benefits of MLS laser therapy are cumulative, meaning that each session builds on the previous one to achieve optimal results. Depending on the condition and severity of the pain, patients may need anywhere from 6 to 12 sessions to achieve lasting relief. Each session lasts about 10 minutes and is performed at Westchester Foot Care in Yonkers. The treatment is comfortable and relaxing, with no side effects or downtime.

Why is MLS Laser Therapy a Great Option for Rehabilitating Foot and Ankle Ailments in Westchester?

Foot and ankle ailments can be very debilitating and affect your quality of life, especially as you age. Whether you have an acute injury such as a sprain or fracture, or a chronic condition such as arthritis or plantar fasciitis, you may experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, reduced mobility, difficulty walking or standing, or impaired function. These symptoms can interfere with your daily activities, work, hobbies, or sports.

MLS laser therapy can help you overcome these challenges by providing fast and lasting relief from pain and inflammation, as well as accelerating the healing process of your tissues. By reducing your pain levels, you can regain your range of motion, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, and stability. By enhancing your tissue repair and regeneration, you can prevent further damage or complications such as infection or scar tissue formation. By improving your blood circulation and oxygen delivery, you can boost your immune system and overall health.

MLS laser therapy at Westchester Foot Care can treat a wide range of foot and ankle ailments such as:

•  Arthritis
•  Bursitis
•  Plantar fasciitis
•  Neuromas
•  Neuropathy
•  Sprains
•  Strains
•  Fractures
•  Wounds
•  Post-surgical recovery
MLS laser therapy can also be used as a preventive treatment.

How to Get Started with MLS Laser Therapy at Westchester Foot Care?

If you’re interested in trying MLS laser therapy for your foot and ankle ailments, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists at Westchester Foot Care. During the consultation, we will evaluate your condition, medical history, and goals, and determine if you are a good candidate for MLS laser. We’ll also explain the procedure, benefits, risks, and costs of the treatment, and answer any questions you may have.

If you decide to proceed, we’ll design a personalized treatment plan that suits your needs and preferences. We will also provide you with instructions on how to prepare for and follow up after each session. We’ll also monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed to ensure optimal results.

At Westchester Foot Care, we are committed to providing you with the best possible care and service. We use state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and follow strict safety and hygiene protocols. We have a friendly and professional staff that will make you feel comfortable and welcome. We also accept most insurance plans and offer flexible payment options.

To book a Laser Therapy Center appointment at Westchester Foot Care, please call us at (914) 328-8000 or visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your foot and ankle health goals.

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Podiatrists are doctors whose specialty is treating foot and ankle issues. There are certain conditions and injuries that may require medical care that a primary physician isn’t trained to offer. At the same time, chronic or long-standing pain in your lower leg, ankle, foot or toes is a sure sign that scheduling a podiatrist appointment is in your best interest.

Below are 10 things to consider when deciding whether you should see your podiatrist.


1) People with Diabetes Should Regularly See Podiatrists

Diabetes often causes nerve damage and accompanying circulation problems, resulting in diabetic foot problems. On top of that, numbness is another issue that makes some people less aware that their foot condition needs attention.

Diabetics should schedule an appointment with their podiatrist once a year. And if you’re experiencing pain, ulcers, wounds that won’t heal, or swelling, don’t hesitate to call your foot doctor.

At Westchester Foot Care, we participate in the Diabetic Shoe Program, which is a great way to help maintain foot health and use insurance to pay for your footwear purchase.


2) If You Get a Sports Injury that Needs Special Treatment

It’s pretty common for athletes and active people to get foot or ankle pain from time to time. But see a podiatrist if the pain becomes chronic, or you have medical conditions like shin splints or athlete’s foot.

If you’re a runner, keep your eye out for problematic calluses, joint issues, or bunions caused by stress on your feet.

Even if you’re in physical therapy for an injury to your foot or ankle, a podiatrist can help you determine how the healing process is progressing in ways that physical therapists often can’t. If surgery is needed, rest assured your podiatrist will talk to you about the best options and the proper surgical procedure.


3) Podiatrists Help When Starting a New Fitness Regimen

If you’re starting to take up a new active lifestyle or exercise routine like running or HIIT workouts, you could experience lower leg pain due to issues like shin splints, plantar fasciitis or flat feet.

Seeing a podiatrist to help find you athletic footwear or inserts to prevent or even treat these conditions will get you on the road to success with your new fitness goals.


4) Don’t Put Off a Visit to Treat Your Foot Joint Pain or Arthritis

Swelling of your joints caused by arthritis is a common issue for many people’s feet. If you see redness and feel swelling, don’t hesitate to reach out for a visit to your podiatrist.

Whether from an injury or from arthritis, your podiatrist is has the training and knowledge to treat your issue and get you back to your normal everyday activities without such foot discomfort.


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5) Lingering Athlete’s Foot Could be Caused by an Underlying Infection

Sometimes your regular physician’s treatment for athlete’s foot doesn’t improve the condition. A podiatrist can provide an expert second opinion and offer suggestions on how to move forward.

Although fungus is the primary cause of athlete’s foot, there are cases where bacterial infections imitate athlete’s foot symptoms. A podiatrist can diagnose your condition and prescribe a treatment to alleviate your itchiness, redness and pain in your toes or feet.


6) Ingrown Toenails Require Podiatric Care 

The pain caused by an ingrown toenail doesn’t go away unless you receive the appropriate treatment. When ignored, an ingrown toenail can cause an infection.

A podiatrist can prescribe a treatment that reduces pain and swelling. If needed, they can perform a minor procedure to cut a portion of the toenail and alleviate the issue.


7) If You Have Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by an injury to the plantar fascia, a bone spur or other bone conditions, or arthritis. Your podiatrist will have X-rays taken and perform an exam. While bone spurs don’t go away without surgery, custom orthotics and laser therapy can help relieve discomfort while you recover.


8) Corns and Calluses Mean Call Your Podiatrist 

Built-up skin causes calluses and corns, and when they get too thick they can hurt. There are topical medications that can relieve the problem, but a minor podiatric procedure may be necessary to fully treat the issue.


9) Bunions Don’t Go Away Without Treatment

Bunions get inflamed and painful when they get bigger, which makes it tough to do your daily activities and responsibilities. When the hard bump on the outside of your toe joint begins to affect your well being, give your podiatrist a call. They’ll perform an exam and talk with you about the best way to treat your bunion.


10) Please Don’t Avoid Dealing with Foot Pain

There are many of our patients who ignore foot issues for too long, making the condition or injury worse over time.  Scheduling a foot care appointment sooner rather than later gives you the best chance to get back to your everyday lifestyle more quickly.

An experienced podiatrist will help improve your health and wellbeing, whether you have a health condition like diabetes or arthritis, you suffered an injury, or you have an ingrown toenail.

The podiatrists at Westchester Foot Care will make you feel welcome, and their state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment will help diagnose and treat your foot, ankle, and lower leg issue.

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Westchester Foot Care, located in Yonkers, NY announces the immediate offering of laser therapy in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. The addition of this exciting and effective technology is part of Westchester Foot Care’s continued investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in the podiatric field.

Laser therapy has been used effectively for many years, but advances in technology have produced “the next generation of laser therapy” with the new MLS (Multiwave Locked System) Therapy Laser which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. With laser therapy Dr. Blank and Dr. Qader can offer relief to those suffering with both chronic and acute ailments such as ankle and foot pain, tendonitis, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and sprains and strains without the use of painful injections or potentially habit forming drugs.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this new and dramatic treatment option to patients,” Dr. Qader said. Laser therapy is painless, with treatments usually lasting several minutes, and most patients see positive results in just 1-3 treatments.

“When a physical condition or injury affects mobility or quality of life, there is one goal: a rapid return to everyday activities. We now have the most advanced equipment on the market to deliver these results; results that include a very rapid reduction in pain, strong anti-inflammatory effect, and immediate improvement of local blood circulation,” states Dr.Qader. “More and more, our patients are looking for effective treatment options that are less invasive, have no side effects, provide rapid results and speed the healing process. Laser therapy provides us with an opportunity to meet the needs of our patients, and offer the highest levels of care possible.”

Dr. Qader summarizes, “We pride ourselves on staying on the leading edge of technology, and educating our patients on the various levels of care available. Laser therapy is the future of the podiatric industry, and we feel our patients deserve to have that option when choosing the best care for themselves.”

For additional information about laser therapy, contact the staff at Westchester Foot Care at (914) 327-3390.


Westchester Foot Care is taking the following measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-
– Everyone is screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors before being seen.
– All staff members and physicians are screened daily. They do not go to work if there is
any sign of symptoms related to COVID-19.
– All staff members, patients and visitors must wear masks in the facilities (except
children under age 2).
– Our treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected frequently, including before and after
each patient.
– Hand sanitizer is always available.
– Our doctors and staff members sanitize or wash their hands before and after interacting
with patients.
– All pamphlets, magazines and toys are removed from waiting areas.
– For now, we are limiting the number of people entering our facilities.
–> One care partner at a time may accompany a patient with a disability (ADA) who needs assistance.
–> One parent/guardian may accompany pediatric patients; no one else (including
siblings) may accompany the parent/guardian and patient to the visit.