Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technique or EPAT is a treatment that Dr. Joel Feder and Dr. Mark Feder in Chicago provide for their podiatric patients. They are here to answer your questions about this exciting technique.
What is EPAT?
EPAT is a non-invasive treatment method that is used to treat tendon and muscle pain or injuries. This is accomplished by stimulating blood circulation which speeds up the healing process. EPAT has been approved for use by the FDA.
What Problems can EPAT Treat?
Some of the disorders EPAT can help with are:
EPAT uses a device that produces pressures waves to the painful area to slowly regenerate tissue. A gel is applied to the targeted area and then the device is moved over it in a circular motion.
How long does a EPAT treatment take?
A treatment session takes about fifteen minutes. Generally it takes three sessions, each roughly a week apart, to get their desired results.
What are the Results of EPAT?
Some people experience immediate pain relief after one session. For others, it may take up to four weeks to begin to feel pain relief. Long term results are showing that pain is eliminated and full mobility is restored in most patients.
Is EPAT Safe?
EPAT is approved by the FDA. When used by a qualified medical professional there are virtually no side effects or risks.
What are some of the Benefits of EPAT?
At Affiliated Podiatrists, LTD in the Six Corners Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Marc Feder and Dr. Joel Feder are excited to offer this service to their patients. They care about getting you back on your feet as soon as possible! Call us today at (773) 202-8800 for an appointment!
Fungal infections of the toe nails are a common foot malady that an individual can - and should - bring to the attention of a podiatrist. While the symptoms of yellowed, brittle and thick nails are unsightly, distressing and easily recognized, not everyone knows what causes the problem and what can be done. Here's what the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has to say about what precipitates infection with toe nail fungus and what you and your doctor can do about it.
The micro-organism which causes toe nail fungal infections is called Tinea Unguium. This fungus is practically everywhere, but it especially enjoys wet or moist and dark environments such as:
While healthy individuals "catch" this fungus all the time, people with less than optimal health are more likely to have toe nail fungus. They have a harder time getting rid of it, too. Those who are more prone are diabetics, persons with circulatory problems, cancer patients and anyone else whose immune defenses are suppressed.
Prevention and treatment of this infection go together. Podiatrists say good foot hygiene involves:
1. Washing and drying the feet with soap and water each day and after excessive perspiring from work or exercise
2. Wearing shower sandals or flip-flops in locker rooms
3. Cutting the nails straight across (not rounding them) with clean clippers that are shared with no one else
4. Wearing shoes that do not put excessive pressure on the toe nails and that have good ventilation, especially in the warm weather
5. Wearing breathable socks and hosiery
Your podiatrist may recommend an over the counter or prescription anti-fungal medication which may applied topically to the outside edges of the entire toe nail. Some doctors prescribe an oral anti-fungal agent although this may prove to be too toxic for some patients.
Marc Feder DPM and Joel Feder DPM of Affiiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. offer a state-of-the art laser treatment for toe nail fungus. Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this painless treatment focuses a beam of light through the toe nail, targeting the area of infection. The nail plate, nail bed and other healthy tissue of the foot are not harmed, but the fungus is eliminated in one treatment session.
The doctors ensure thorough treatment. When the nails are looked at in the follow-up exam the observed new nail growth is clearer.
Drs. Marc and Joel Feder practice podiatry for patients of all ages in the northside Chicago, Illinois area. In addition to treating nail fungus, they address many foot conditions, including ingrown toe nails, heel pain, and diabetic foot health.
Call them today at 773-202-8800 for an appointment to evaluate your foot health.
If you have problems with foot or nail fungus, you may want to look into a new foot care solution called the SteriShoe. This is a product that provides a way for patients to prevent some common foot-related conditions. Learn more about this innovative solution and how it can improve your foot health from Near North nail fungus Dr. Marc Feder, DPM.
Shoes Are a Haven for Germs
Many of our shoes are full of germs, bacteria and fungi that grow over time. The inside of the shoes is a perfect place for germs to thrive because it’s dark and moist from sweat. Socks provide some protection, but germs and fungus can still find their way to the feet. These organisms attack the nails, toes and surface of the skin causing athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus.
What Is SteriShoe?
Near North nail fungus Dr. Feder now recommends SteriShoe to his patients. SteriShoe is a product that cleans, disinfects, sterilizes and deodorizes the inside of your shoes. You simply insert the device into your shoe and a strong UV light kills bacteria and fungi in about 45 minutes. It was featured on "The Doctors" television show and "Good Morning America" as a viable solution for people who suffer from recurring toenail fungus.
Are You a Candidate?
If you have had a problem with foot or toenail fungus in the past, or are dealing with this issue currently, you are a candidate for SteriShoes. Athletes are a group of patients that often benefit from wearing SteriShoes since they spend hours on their feet, running, jumping and lifting. Anyone who participates in activity that causes them to release a lot of sweat from their feet should ask Dr. Feder about SteriShoes.
Ask Dr. Feder
If you’re interested in SteriShoes, contact Near North nail fungus Dr. Marc Feder, DPM today at 773-202-8800 to schedule a consultation appointment. You can purchase them at his office or by visiting his website at http://www.aplfeet.com/sterishoe.html and following the instructions provided.
Your podiatrist has some preventive tips for keeping athletes in the game.
Whenever you get on the field or the court, you know that the game comes with certain risks. Injuries can happen anytime to an athlete; however, there are certainly precautions you can take to ensure that you keep your feet and ankles safe while also enjoying a challenging and exciting game. Whether you play team sports like football or soccer or you prefer solo activities like running, your Portage Park podiatrist is here to give you some tips on how to prevent foot-related sports injuries.
Warm-up your body
It’s important that you keep your body conditioned and warm before you participate in any sport. It’s especially important that you don’t push yourself so far beyond your abilities that you risk injury. If you want to participate in a marathon, you don’t want to wait until the week of to begin running. You want to train your body slowly and build up endurance and strength for months beforehand. Pushing yourself too hard means your body has to work twice as hard, which puts added pressure and force on your feet. Allow your body time to build up muscle so you can train effectively and safely.
Participate in light stretching and jogging to warm up your body before engaging in any sporting endeavor. Perform exercises that give your muscles full range of motion, to prevent injuries.
Listen to your body
If you’ve already had a foot or ankle injury, then you need to be careful and listen to when you body is telling you it’s had enough. You may need to wear orthotics or a special brace while playing sports to give you ample support and to keep unnecessary pressure off previously injured areas.
If you’ve had issues with your ankles or knees in the past, this can also impact your feet and put excessive pressure on the heels and soles. If you start to notice pain or discomfort, it’s time to take a break and give your body a rest. You don’t want to push yourself so hard that you risk re-injury.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your feet and ankles is to wear the proper gear. That means, investing in the proper pair of shoes for your chosen sport such as ski boots, running shoes, hiking boots, and skates. Find an athletic store in your area and talk to an expert on what shoes will work best for your activity level. Also, make sure to toss old, worn-out shoes when it’s time, as they won’t offer the same protection that you need.
If you are experiencing any pain in your feet or ankles, or notice any problems while participating in sports, call us today so you can see one of our Portage Park podiatrists. Don’t let an injury keep you down. We want to get you back on your feet and back in the game!
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