Posts for: January, 2017
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.