Using EPAT to Treat Foot Pain Without Medication or Surgery

October 8, 2018

Using EPAT to Treat Foot Pain Without Medication or Surgery

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be debilitating, but EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) can provide a quick solution. If you are struggling to walk and perform activities due to foot pain, it is time to find a treatment that works for you. If medications are not doing the trick and you do not want to resort to surgery, EPAT, also known as shockwave therapy, may provide you with the relief you need.

Treating foot pain with EPAT

Foot and ankle problems are an extremely common complaint. According to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, over 75 percent of people surveyed have experienced at least one foot ailment within a year (https://www.apma.org/files/FileDownloads/APMAFootAilmentsSurveyNewsWorthyAnalysis012309.pdf). This small survey reflects a larger problem in America. People are experiencing foot pain but few are finding relief.

Those who suffer from foot pain understand what an inconvenience it is to be off their feet indefinitely. EPAT is a safe and effective treatment method that works quickly. Unlike surgery that requires a long period of rest and recovery, patients treated with EPAT can immediately return to work and other activities without needing to take time off to recover.

The science behind EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology)

Originally used to break apart kidney stones that were too large for patients to pass, EPAT was eventually tested on other ailments. The treatment uses low-frequency pressure waves that reach deep within the tissues via a small handheld device moved in a circular fashion around the target area.

Researchers discovered that the stimulation from the treatment causes the breakdown of scar tissue and stimulates a metabolic response. Tissue regeneration, blood vessel growth and enhanced circulation (both lymph and blood) are possible — these effects combined lead the body to engage in its natural healing response. The result is reduced pain, less inflammation and improved mobility, as well as healthier tissues overall. The treatment essentially accelerates healing while also reducing pain.

The treatment is fast and convenient

The treatment takes less than 10 minutes to perform, and patients can see results with as few as three sessions at a one session per week timeframe. Three to five sessions are the most that are usually needed.

No anesthesia or incisions are needed for this treatment, and no scarring will result. There is little risk of any side effects, and patients can return to work immediately following the treatment.

Foot conditions are common — EPAT can treat them

Plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and ankle pain are only a few of the foot conditions EPAT can treat. While the treatment is not effective on removing heel spurs directly, it can help heal the tissues surrounding the spurs, so less pain is present.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or to learn more

If you are suffering from any kind of foot pain, it is time to make a change. Schedule an appointment with our practice today to learn more about how this great treatment option works. With non-invasive treatment options like EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology), there is no need to wait to find relief.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call us at (732) 385-2739.

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