Posts for: December, 2015
Find out what EPAT therapy is and if it can effectively treat your foot problems.
When our Chicago podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrists talk about EPAT, we are referring to Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), an FDA-approved non-surgical therapy used to treat certain types of foot pain. Find out how EPAT works and whether it’s right for you and your feet.
What is EPAT?
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment and this non-invasive treatment is designed to treat both acute and chronic injuries by allowing your Chicago, IL podiatrist to direct low-frequency sound waves to the injured area of your foot. Through these sound waves, we can increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s natural healing response to help facilitate faster healing.
What conditions can EPAT treat?
EPAT offers the best results to those patients dealing with pain caused by soft tissue injuries of the foot or ankle including,
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Acute and chronic muscle pain
- Myofascial trigger points
What should I expect from my EPAT sessions? How many will I need?
Each EPAT session is usually performed in less than 15 minutes with the average number of treatments being three. A new session will be performed every seven to 10 days.
Before treatment begins an ultrasound gel will be applied to the injured area. Then a small device, from which sound waves are generated, is directed at the region. The acoustic energy tenderizes the chronically irritated tissue, and stimulates blood flow to aid healing.
When will I start to notice relief from my symptoms?
Some patients report feeling immediate relief from pain while for others it may take up to four weeks to experience the relief they want. Overall, about 80 percent of people who’ve had EPAT report either being pain-free or experiencing a significant reduction in pain.
Millions of people all over the world have experienced relief through EPAT and you can too! Call your Chicago foot doctors at Affiliated Podiatrists today at (773) 202-8800 to schedule a consultation. Say goodbye to foot pain once and for all!
Find out if heel spurs could be the reason for your heel pain.
Did you know that the heel bone is the largest bone in the foot? Because of this, it takes a lot more abuse and shock than other parts of the foot, which can lead to some pretty unpleasant problems. If you are dealing with heel pain, find out if a heel spur could be to blame and how your Six Corners, Chicago podiatrists can give you the relief you need.
What is a heel spur?
A heel spur is an abnormal growth that gradually forms on the heel bone. As the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs underneath the foot from the heel to the toes) pulls away from the heel, a calcium deposit forms and in turn causes this hard protrusion.
What are the symptoms of a heel spur?
One of the most common and classic symptoms of heel spurs is severe pain in the back of the foot that is exacerbated by walking or standing.
What causes a heel spur to form?
So what causes the plantar fascia to pull away from the heel in the first place? Flat feet are typically the reason that the fascia tissue begins to stretch. But this doesn’t mean that those with high arches also can’t develop heel spurs.
Women are also more likely than men to develop heel spurs because of wearing certain shoes like heels on a regular basis that cause issues for the plantar fascia.
What are my treatment options?
Your Chicago, IL foot doctor will first need to determine the root cause of your heel spur in order to give you the best and most effective treatment. If the problem is due to flat feet (also referred to as overpronation) then we may recommend orthotics, or shoe inserts. These orthotics are custom-made to offer your foot support and to absorb shock to help reduce flat feet and to facilitate healing.
Here are some of the other common ways to treat heel spurs:
- Performing certain stretching exercises during the day to help soften and increase the flexibility of the plantar fascia ligament.
- Losing Weight. Being overweight can also put serious undue pressure on your feet. If this is the case it’s highly recommended that patients who are obese or overweight adopt healthier habits to help them lose weight.
- Choosing proper footwear that offers more support and stability for the heel and the arches while also offering shock absorption.
- Consider bracing or wearing heel cups to provide additional cushioning to the heel to reduce shock from day-to-day activities.
For those patients who don’t find the relief they need, your foot doctor in Six Corners, Chicago may recommend Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) to safely and non-invasively speed up the healing process to reduce chronic forms of pain. EPAT can be great for treating heel spurs, as well as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Call Affiliated Podiatrists today and nix heel pain.