Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, or EPAT for short, is a highly advanced treatment method used to treat acute and chronic pain. If you have never heard of it before it can sound like something from a science-fiction movie, but this innovative technology is here today and may even be able to help you with your chronic foot pain. To find out if you are a good candidate for EPAT call the expert Chicago podiatrists at Affiliated Podiatrist, Ltd.
What is EPAT Therapy?
EPAT Therapy uses ultrasonic shock waves to stimulate cell growth in areas of the body with acute pain. It is one of the most advanced treatment methods available today, also, it is fully cleared by the FDA and highly effective. It uses tiny sound waves to penetrate through your soft tissue. This non-invasive shock wave triggers the cells to regenerate and increases the blood circulation of the affected area. It's like giving your body a jump start to begin healing again.
The machine used for EPAT is small and uses a wand to deliver the ultrasound waves. Treatment typically takes place over about 3 to 6 weekly sessions. Each session takes no longer than 5 to 10 minutes and you could feel an immediate benefit. The machine is non-invasive and no anesthesia is required for treatment. If you are looking for a harmless way to stop your pain, call your Chicago podiatrist to find out if you are a good candidate for EPAT.
Healing is always a process, but as we get older that process takes longer. However, now we do not have to wait for our chronic pain to go away, we can help ourselves heal with EPAT.
What EPAT Therapy Can Treat:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Back Pain
- Foot Pain
- Hand Pain
- Heel Pain
- Knee Pain
- Musculoskeletal Issues
- Neck Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Pain
- Wrist Pain
Your Chicago podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrist, Ltd., can use EPAT therapy to treat any type of chronic foot, heel, or ankle pain you are experiencing. Sometimes physical therapy isn't enough. We can use technology to help our healing process so we can get back on our feet faster.
To find out if you are a good candidate for EPAT therapy, call the experts at Affiliated Podiatrist, Ltd. in Chicago, IL. To learn more or schedule an appointment call (773) 202-8800. A team of friendly and qualified staff is here for you along your healing journey.
You can easily get your bunion pain under control with simple home care.
When was the last time you really looked at your feet? If you suddenly noticed that your big toe is leaning against the other toes and the joint at the base of the big toe is jutting out, then you could very well be dealing with a bunion. While bunions can happen to anyone, our Near North Chicago, IL, podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey see them most often in women.
If you have been diagnosed with bunions, there are simple strategies that you can implement in your daily life that can slow the progression of this common deformity and prevent you from needing surgery down the road. Here are some ways to manage your bunions,
- Avoid shoes that have a pointed toe or heels higher than 2 inches
- Wear shoes that have a wide toe box, provide ample cushioning and support, and are properly fitted
- Apply an ice pack for 10-15 minutes to reduce swelling
- Take a pain reliever like ibuprofen when pain and swelling appear
- Lose excess weight (if overweight or obese), which can take the pressure off of your feet
- Apply a non-medicated pad to your bunion before putting on shoes (this can prevent friction and reduce the risk for a callus)
- Tape or brace the foot to realign the deformed joint
- Stretch and exercise your feet and toes every day to improve strength and mobility
- Consider wearing a splint at night while you sleep, which can also temporarily realign the joint
When to See a Podiatrist
If you don’t know whether or not your foot pain is caused by a bunion then it’s a good idea to see our Near North Chicago, IL, foot doctors for an evaluation. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a bunion by a qualified foot care professional and your at-home care isn’t providing you with the relief you need then this is another reason to come into our practice.
If you are dealing with moderate to severe bunion pain that isn’t responding to nonsurgical treatment options, then you may want to discuss with us whether a bunionectomy might be right for you.
Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Living with bunion pain around the Near North Chicago, IL, area? If so, call Affiliated Podiatrists today at (773) 202-8800 to schedule an evaluation with one of our foot and ankle professionals.
Foot pain can be debilitating and at Affiliated Podiatrists, doctors offer several services to help you manage or heal that pain. At either of their Chicago, IL, medical offices, you can receive EPAT (extracorporeal pulse activation technology) to treat pain.
What is EPAT?
EPAT (extracorporeal pulse activation technology), known as shockwave therapy, is a technique used to treat numerous chronic inflammatory conditions. It utilizes high-intensity sound waves to breakdown scar tissue and increases blood flow to areas of poor circulation to stimulate healing.
You need a minimum of three sessions to a maximum of five sessions, each session lasting about 10-15 minutes for proper or complete treatment. If you're worried about the pain, EPAT treatment feels like getting repeatedly snapped with a rubber band initially then dulls into light pulses.
What are the benefits of EPAT?
EPAT helps relieve pain and heal chronic conditions that don’t respond to traditional treatment. One of its other advantages is it's non-invasive (no scarring), requires no downtime, and no anesthesia.
You can expect to see results/improvements within four weeks after the last treatment. More dramatic results may occur 8-12 weeks after the last treatment.
Who can receive EPAT treatment?
EPAT isn't recommended for people using blood thinners or women who are pregnant.
How to prepare for EPAT?
Discontinue all anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen (Advil), Aleve, and all prescription anti-inflammatories) at least one week before the procedure. The only exception, but make sure to consult your Chicago podiatrist, is Tylenol because it's anti-inflammatory.
What does EPAT treat?
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Anterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Plantar Plate Injuries
- Peroneal Tendonitis
- Interdigital Neuromas
Do you want to speak with a podiatrist?
If you'd like to learn more about EPAT, or shockwave therapy, call Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago, IL office at (773) 202-8800.
If you're dealing with the consequences of a musculoskeletal condition, the chances of MLS therapy working for you are pretty high. This dual laser system is placed directly over the treatment area by one of our podiatrists and delivers pulses that have an anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect on tissues. MLS laser therapy can be a key component in your pain management plan. If you're interested in learning more about it, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, or Dr. Jacob Richey in one of our two Chicago, IL, locations.
What You Need To Know About MLS Laser Therapy
MLS laser therapy is FDA-approved as a safe and effective way to stimulate the body's natural healing process when it needs a little boost. It targets specific areas of the body, such as the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and soft tissues, to increase blood flow while reducing inflammation. At Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., we provide this service to patients because it's a non-invasive technique that doesn't require surgery. It can treat a multitude of painful orthopedic conditions, from foot to back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and many others.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
No one deserves to live in chronic pain. When you're struggling with discomfort from debilitating conditions like tendonitis, arthritis, muscle tears, hip and knee pain, strains and sprains, etc., our podiatrists can improve your quality of life. They can also utilize this procedure to enhance nerve function, as well as vascular and metabolic activity. MLS laser therapy accelerates tissue and repair growth, leading to faster wound healing. MLS therapy doesn't mask an underlying condition - it resolves the problem with long-lasting results. If that sounds like a positive adjustment from your current situation, give our Chicago, IL office a call to get started.
If you'd like to discuss MLS laser therapy further, Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Joel Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk, or Dr. Jacob Richey can address any questions, comments, or concerns during the initial visit. Many individuals can benefit from this procedure, and you may be a candidate. For more information about MLS laser therapy, other conditions we treat, and services provided by Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd., visit our website. We have two convenient Chicago, IL, locations for our patients. Please call (773) 202-8800 or (773) 558-4799 for appointment scheduling.
Dealing with ankle pain? Here’s what it could be.
Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, and if you are dealing with ankle pain you better listen to what it is trying to tell you. If you find ankle pain to have taken its toll on your daily routine it’s important that you turn to Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists Dr. Marc Feder, Dr. Jason Kalk and Dr. Jacob Richey. We can determine what’s causing your ankle pain and how to best treat it.
Here are the top three causes of ankle pain:
1. Tendonitis: When the tendons of the feet and ankles become inflamed this leads to tendonitis. Most people have heard of Achilles tendonitis, which often occurs over time and is particularly common in runners and other athletes.
If you ignore your ankle pain you may find yourself dealing with pain that continues to radiate to the knees, hips, and even back. While minor forms of tendonitis will often go away with rest and conservative care, if you find that pain doesn’t go away within a couple of days it’s a good idea to consult your podiatrist.
2. Fracture: A fracture occurs when one or more bones in the ankle break. When this happens, the injury results in immediate (and quite possibly, intense) pain, swelling, and difficulty moving or putting weight on the injured ankle. If the pain and swelling persist for days, it’s quite possible that you could have a fracture.
Since it is possible for someone to confuse the symptoms of a fracture with something more minor like a sprain, it’s a good idea to get X-rays from a podiatrist. If you have a fractured ankle you may need to wear a cast or a protective boot while you heal.
3. Arthritis: If you are noticing widespread pain in the ankle rather than just pain in a very specific spot, this could be a sign of joint problems. If you also notice stiffness and pain with movement, you could be dealing with a chronic disease known as arthritis. Ankles and feet are common areas for arthritis to set in, and it’s important that you see a doctor right away for treatment, as this condition is progressive and can lead to permanent joint damage.
Should I see a podiatrist?
It may be easy to shrug off minor ankle pain, but it’s important that you seek proper medical attention from our Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists to find out what’s going on. If you find that your pain is getting worse or isn’t going away with rest and home care, then it’s time to see a doctor.
If you notice pain or other changes in the health of your feet or ankles it’s important that you call your Edgebrook, Chicago podiatrists as soon as possible.
To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, call us at (773) 202-8800.
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