Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar fasciitis treatment can greatly improve quality of life for sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Heel pain beginning as a dull ache, progressing to a sharp stabbing pain or a constant throb is often a result of plantar fasciitis. Your most tender areas may be the center of your heel and the inside and bottom foot area where your heel and arch meet. If you have plantar fasciitis, you know the pain and frustration brought by this condition. Unfortunately, many of the treatment options don’t always relieve the heel pain of plantar fasciitis. The good news is that Triad Foot & Ankle Center now provides a non-invasive EPAT treatment that does provide pain relief for our patients.
What is EPAT?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®) is an FDA cleared non-invasive treatment technology. This cutting-edge, highly effective treatment method uses unique pressure waves to stimulate your metabolism to promote blood circulation and speed up the healing process. This allows damaged tissue to regenerate and heal over time.
What Disorders Can EPAT® Be Used For?
EPAT® has shown to help acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain, including:
- Foot Pain
- Heel Pain
- Achilles Tendon Pain
- Tendon and/or tendon insertion pain
- Scar Tissue
Possible Side Effects/Complications:
EPAT® has virtually no risks of side effects associated with the treatment. Patients may feel minor discomfort follow treatment for a few days, and/or residual pain following intense exercise or a full day of work.
Benefits of EPAT®:
EPAT® has shown to have equal to or greater success rate than traditional treatment methods, including surgery. In addition, EPAT is:
- Requires no anesthesia
- No risk of infection
- No scarring
- No downtime
- Faster, easier healing
- Over 80% patient satisfaction
EPAT® treatment boasts 80% patient satisfaction, where patients have reported to be pain-free and/or experience pain reduction following treatment. While some patients report an immediate reduction in pain, it can take up to 4 weeks for some to experience the same results.
How is EPAT® Performed?
EPAT® is an in-office treatment and can take as little as 10-15 minutes depending on the reason for treatment. Typically, patients can expect to undergo three to four treatment sessions at weekly intervals. Coupling gel is applied before the EPAT® releases pressure waves through the applicator as it is moved in a circular motion over the targeted area.
Is It Safe?
EPAT® is FDA cleared technology that has undergone extensive clinical studies and tests, which have confirmed its safety and efficacy. When administered by a trained caregiver, EPAT® has little to no risks or side effects. If you are suffering from Malignancies or Deep Vein Thrombosis (VDT), the safety and effectiveness have not been fully evaluated and you should speak with your podiatrist before undergoing EPAT®.
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