Our doctors offer an alternative to heel spur and plantar fascia surgery called "extracorporeal pulse activation treatment", or "EPAT" therapy. It delivers low frequency sound waves to the foot, similar to the acoustic shock waves used in a lithotripsy treatment that breaks up kidney stones. The treatment only takes about 10 minutes per foot and delivers 3,000 pulses to the affected area.
The intensity of the pulses is adjusted to what you can tolerate, so a local anesthetic isn't ever needed. It increases blood circulation, stimulates tissue to regenerate and gets the healing process started in the area. Eventually the pain goes away and never returns.
EPAT is also used to treat Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, capsulitis & neuromas.
Find out how we can help you treat these common foot problems.
No one wants to face foot problems, but millions of Americans will deal with common ailments like bunions or fungal toenail infections. Isn’t it better that you are armed with the knowledge to know how to properly treat these issues should you have to deal with them? Our Chicago, IL, podiatrists are here to share the best ways to manage these foot problems.
There are various lifestyle changes you can make to prevent your bunion from progressing. Catching the bunion early on will certainly make treating your condition easier. Our Chicago, IL, foot doctors might recommend:
- New footwear
- Custom orthotics
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Foot exercises
Most of the time these simple at-home measures are all that’s needed to eliminate symptoms and to prevent bunions from getting worse. Of course, those who have been dealing with severe bunion pain for over a year that haven’t found relief in more conservative measures may require surgery.
Fungal Toenail Infections
Fungus is all around us, and boy does it love to live in moist, dark environments! So if you don’t put on shower shoes the next time you enter the dorm shower or the locker rooms you may find yourself dealing with a nasty fungal infection.
Unfortunately, fungus that lies under the nail can be a bit more difficult to treat since topical treatments often can’t penetrate the nail to get to the fungus. While we can prescribe oral antifungal medications, those dealing with stubborn, chronic or recurring infections should consider PinPointe Foot Laser.
This laser treatment is able to penetrate the harder layers of the nail to heat up and kill the fungus that lies underneath. Plus, there is no recovery time and the procedure is completely safe. In most situations, one treatment may be all that’s needed although there will be follow-up visits after 4 months and 8 months to monitor your progress.
Your feet do a lot for you; isn’t it time you did something for them? If you are worried that you may have a bunion, fungal infection or other affliction then it’s time you turned to Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL, for the care you need to get back on your feet again.
You shouldn't be wearing running shoes to Zumba or basketball sneakers for hiking.
There is a lot of technology that goes into sneakers, especially for workouts. Wearing the wrong type of shoes for your specific workout could cause injury.
For example, running and walking sneakers are made for forward motion and have the maximum amount of cushioning and shock absorption. Sports like basketball and tennis require shoes that provide lateral or side-to-side support. Cross-training shoes can be used for lower impact exercises like weight lifting, rowing, elliptical, and Zumba.
Medication isn't the only way to treat painful foot and ankle conditions. Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) can ease your pain with low-frequency shock waves. Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey, your Chicago, IL podiatrists, explain how you can benefit from the innovative treatment.
What is EPAT?
EPAT is ideal for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. Acoustic pressure waves travel deep into your tissues, relieving pain, speeding healing and improving blood circulation to your foot and ankle. The FDA-approved treatment can be used to treat:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ligament Tears
- Painful Thick Scars
- Joint Contractures
What are the advantages of EPAT treatments?
EPAT treatments are non-invasive without injections or incisions. More than 80 percent of people who've had the treatments have reported a significant decrease in pain or the complete elimination of pain.
Treatment intensity is established by you. You won’t need anesthesia before treatment and will experience no side effects afterward other than slight redness and temporary numbness. After treatment, you can bear weight on your foot and can resume your usual activities in a day or two.
What can I expect during EPAT treatments?
During your treatment, your Chicago podiatrist applies ultrasound gel to your foot or ankle before moving a handheld wand over the injured or painful area in a circular motion. Your treatment will take only minutes per area. You’ll return for three or four weeks, although some people only need one or two treatments.
EPAT can relieve your pain even if other therapies haven't helped. If you're interested in learning more about the advantages of the treatment, call Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd. in Chicago, IL at (773) 202-8800 to schedule your appointment.
Skin Cancer is on the rise in the U.S., with one of the most serious forms of skin cancer (Melanoma) ranking as the most common foot malignancy. Melanomas on the foot are often misdiagnosed and more dangerous because they go undetected and untreated longer than those in easier – to – spot locations.
Melanomas can occur anywhere on the foot, including under a toenail. They most often appear as pigmented lesions. Similar to other skin cancers, excessive unprotected sun exposure, a family history of skin cancer, numerous moles on the body and having fair skin, blue eyes or red hair can put you at risk. Even people normally at low risk for skin cancer can develop melanomas on their feet.
If you notice any pigmented or unusual lesion on your foot, under a toenail or on the bottoms of your feet, make an appointment with our office to be checked out.
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