Although pain is an effective way for our bodies to tell us something is wrong, we all try to avoid it when it comes calling. That’s because a sore heel or Achilles tendon, for example, can keep us from doing the activities we want to do. Instead of treat, we retreat by taking a pill and moving on. There are occasions when a procedure such as EPAT can be helpful in treating our discomfort. Ultimately, though, we need to find the underlying cause of the pain and get help for it.
What is EPAT and Can It Help Me?
Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment is a technology for treating pain. This procedure focuses pressure waves at the painful area to stimulate your body’s own healing mechanisms at the site. After the treatment, blood and oxygen, both of which are needed to heal and repair damaged tissue, congregate at the spot where tissue damage has occurred. This stimulates your metabolism and speeds healing at the site.
The therapy is used for various conditions of your muscles, tendons, and bones. It is often used for treating heel pain from plantar fasciitis or issues with your Achilles tendon. If you’ve tried other conservative treatments for your foot and ankle pain but they have not brought relief, you may want to consider EPAT before you take the route of invasive surgery to correct the problem.
What Are the Treatments Like?
The non-invasive procedure begins when a gel is applied to the area to improve conductivity. The correct settings for your situation are programmed into the unit and a hand-held applicator that releases pressure waves is moved over the site in a circular pattern. The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes. Some patients find some relief after just one treatment, and many after three treatments. The area may be tender for a few days and it can take a few weeks for the tissues to heal enough to significantly reduce your pain.
Is It Safe?
The FDA has approved EPAT for treating pain. The technology was developed in Europe and is used around the globe. There are virtually no side effects, although the therapy may not be recommended for people who have a malignancy or are at risk for deep vein thrombosis. There are no incisions involved, so you don’t have to worry about infection. Plus, you will not require anesthesia, which has its own associated risks. You are able to bear weight on your feet right after the treatment and you can return to work within a day or two. You should probably avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. We will give you any more post-procedure instructions at the time of treatment.
Where Can I Get This Therapy?
Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in the Daytona Beach, FL, area prides itself on offering the latest treatment options. Our expert podiatrists have been trained in the proper use of this technology and offer it, along with other conservative options, to treat your foot and ankle pain. Ask for our free book, You Deserve Heel Pain Relief, for more detailed information.
Give us a call at one of our offices to discuss your options. Reach our Daytona Beach location at (386) 274-3336, Edgewater at (386) 957-4818, Orange City at (386) 775-2281, Palm Coast at (386) 586-7373, and Port Orange at (386) 788-6333. You can also request an appointment online. Let us diagnose and treat not just your pain but also its underlying cause so you can return to doing the things you love!