Who Uses EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) to Treat Foot Pain?

October 8, 2018

Who Uses EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) to Treat Foot Pain?

Foot Pain

EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) is a great treatment option to consider for anyone who is living with foot pain and wishing to recover. This non-invasive treatment option is fast, easy, leaves no scars and helps patients feel better quickly. Some of the patients who visit us for treatment are:

  • Athletes, including casual ones
  • Runners
  • People who stand on their feet all day for work
  • Those who have injured themselves in a fall or other accident
  • People who need pain medication on a regular basis
  • Busy parents who feel that pain is making it difficult to keep up with their kids
  • Professionals who are being slowed down by pain

Most commonly, people who use this treatment are runners, play basketball, walk a lot or do other activities that are punishing to their feet. In fact, certain jobs that require standing and walking on a hard surface all day may create the type of foot problems that can be helped by EPAT. For example, warehouse workers or flight attendants may suffer from foot pain and be in need of relief.

EPAT can treat conditions like plantar fasciitis, among other foot problems

Pain associated with plantar fasciitis and other acute or chronic foot conditions can be treated by EPAT.

Plantar fasciitis is reportedly the most common cause of chronic heel pain, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309235/). Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and subsequent pain of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that runs from the heel to the front of the foot. It provides arch support and assists in walking movements.

Due to its location and daily use, it often experiences extensive wear and tear. When a person develops plantar fasciitis, they may experience stiffness, sharp pain and achiness in the heels and the arch of the foot. Most people note that this pain is worse first thing in the morning, though some people will suffer from pain all day.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis

Due to its location at the bottom of the foot, plantar fasciitis can be challenging to treat. Orthopedic arch supports, anti-inflammatory medications and topical gels may help reduce some of the pain associated with the condition, but these are short-term solutions. EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) treatments may provide long-term pain relief. Surgical treatment is also an option, but it is best to seek out non-surgical treatment options first to reduce recovery time and expenses.

How EPAT works

The treatment involves the use of a handheld device. This device is very small and easily manipulated by a physician. When on, it transmits high-intensity pressure waves deep into the target tissue.

The EPAT process does the following:

  • Causes a metabolic response in which blood flow to the area is increased
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Causes damaged cells to begin to regenerate and heal

Patients who receive EPAT may notice long-term results after only three treatment sessions. These treatment sessions occur once per week for three to six weeks in most cases. Treatment only takes five to 10 minutes, so patients are in and out in an efficient fashion.

Some patients notice a considerable amount of pain relief immediately, but the pain will continue to lessen throughout the following weeks. Reduced stiffness in the feet is commonly reported as well.

If you have foot pain, visit us for help

To learn more about EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology), give our practice a call today.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Apex Sports and Regenerative Medicine, request an appointment in our Tinton Falls practice here: . Or call us at (732) 385-2739.

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