Posts for: January, 2015
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:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Heel Spurs
- Hallux Limitus
- Sports Injuries
- Bone non-union
- Tibialis anterior syndrome
- How is EPAT done?
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?
- Full weight bearing is restored
- No surgery, no incision, no anesthesia
- Effective, fast, and safe
- Can treat both feet or ankles at the same time
- Time off work is minimized
- Research is showing over 80% successful outcomes
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.
Cause and contributing factors of toe nail fungus
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:
- gymnasium locker rooms
- areas around swimming pools
- gym floors and exercise equipment
- sweaty socks
- closed toe shoes and sneakers
- most anywhere that people are barefoot
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.
Treatment for those yellow, thick, brittle toe nails
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.
The Pinpointe FootLaser
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.