Taylor MI Podiatry Staff

Treating Heel Pain with EPAT Shockwave Technology

March 11, 2024

Heel pain is one of the most common types of foot discomfort, affecting millions of people worldwide. Whether it's caused by plantar fasciitis or other issues like Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, or stress fractures, finding effective treatment can be a challenge.

EPAT Shockwave technology, also known as Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, is a game changer when it comes to treating chronic and persistent heel pain. This noninvasive method uses high-energy sound waves that penetrate the affected area, stimulating metabolism, enhancing blood circulation, and accelerating healing. As a result, it has quickly become a preferred choice among healthcare professionals for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Understanding Heel Pain and Its Treatment

Heel pain is usually the result of inflammation or damage to the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. This condition, known as plantar fasciitis, affects over 2 million people in the U.S. each year and can significantly impact quality of life.

Other potential causes of heel pain include Achilles tendonitis (inflammation of the Achilles tendon), stress fractures, bone spurs, or heel bursitis. These conditions often stem from overuse, improper footwear, poor biomechanics, or sudden trauma to the area.

EPAT Shockwave Technology: A Game Changer

The introduction of EPAT Shockwave technology has revolutionized treatment for chronic heel pain. Unlike traditional treatments such as physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or surgery, EPAT is noninvasive and does not require any anesthesia. It's also highly effective, with clinical studies showing a success rate of over 80% in treating chronic musculoskeletal pain.

EPAT works by generating high-energy sound waves that are directed at the affected area. These pressure waves stimulate the metabolism, increase blood flow, and promote tissue regeneration – all essential factors in repairing damaged tissues and relieving pain. Treatment sessions typically take about 10-20 minutes and require no down time.

How to Prepare for and Recover from EPAT Treatment

Before undergoing an EPAT Shockwave treatment, it's important to consult with your healthcare provider. They will evaluate the severity of your heel pain and determine if EPAT is right for you.

Once you're cleared for treatment, you can expect each session to last about 10-20 minutes. During this time, high-energy sound waves will be emitted from a handheld device directly onto the painful area of your heel. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Following EPAT treatment, there is generally no downtime required. You can resume normal activities immediately after each session. However, it's essential to avoid strenuous exercise or impact on the treated area for a few days to ensure optimal recovery.

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