What is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment and how can it eliminate foot pain?
While many people dealing with heel pain can experience the relief they need through more conservative methods, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes patients come in to see our Naperville, IL podiatrist, Dr. Brendon McCarthy, complaining of chronic heel pain that just won’t let up. If this sounds like you, and you’ve exhausted all your outlets, it’s time to talk to us about whether EPAT could be the next best option for you.
What exactly is EPAT?
If other conservative treatment options have failed to treat your heel pain then EPAT might be the next step to treating your heel pain. This non-invasive, FDA-approved method is designed to treat both acute and chronic forms of muscle pain by stimulating blood flow to the area, which promotes recovery and speeds up the body’s natural healing process. Patients dealing with heel or tendon pain caused by plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis can often benefit from getting EPAT.
What goes into EPAT?
Another benefit to getting this treatment is that the entire session lasts only about 15 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about being in our office all day long. Of course, many patients do require more than one treatment session (on average, patients usually go through three different treatment sessions) but you will start to notice a decrease in pain with every treatment.
During EPAT, our Naperville foot doctor will apply gel to the area of the foot that we are treating and then move the handheld device over the area. Through specific pressure waves we can stimulate blood flow to that area and help promote healing in damaged foot tissue.
What kind of results should I expect with EPAT?
Some patients do report feeling instant relief; however, keep in mind that this experience isn’t always the case. In fact, it can take up to four weeks to start feeling relief from your heel pain.
What makes EPAT a great treatment option is that it’s completely non-invasive, it’s safe, it’s painless, there is no downtime after your treatment and it doesn’t require anesthesia or incisions.
Fox Valley Foot Specialists is here to address all of your foot concerns. If you are interested in finding out whether EPAT could finally treat your heel pain then it’s time you called our Naperville, IL podiatry office today.