Find out how this kind of shockwave therapy can treat chronic cases of heel pain.
Are you dealing with heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis? Having trouble getting rid of your heel pain? If so, you may require more advanced and aggressive treatment options that only our podiatrists at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ can offer Individuals with severe or persistent heel pain may benefit from EPAT or extracorporeal pulse activation technology.
What is EPAT?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology is a type of shockwave therapy that uses shock waves to trigger the body’s natural healing processes when directed over a painful or injured area of the foot. EPAT can also reduce inflammation, boost circulation and break up scar tissue.
Who Is a Good Candidate for EPAT?
If our West Orange, NJ, team has told you that you have chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, then EPAT could be suitable for you. This procedure is typically recommended when you’ve tried conservative treatment options, but nothing has worked. This can be a great way to speed up the healing process to eliminate your heel pain. This procedure is FDA-approved and highly effective and may prevent the need for surgery in treatment-resistant cases.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Most individuals will benefit from undergoing about three to five sessions, and each EPAT session only takes about 10 minutes. No anesthesia is required for this procedure. A gel is applied to the area, and then one of our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists will direct a handheld device over the injured area to deliver shockwaves. Each session is typically performed about one week apart.
When Will I See Results?
Most individuals see a significant reduction in pain and swelling in just three sessions. Most of our patients report being pain-free after the full five sessions.
If you are living with chronic heel pain that isn’t responding to home care, EPAT could be the answer. To schedule an evaluation with our West Orange, NJ, team, call Foot Health Center at (973) 731-1266.