EPAT Treatments: Not Just for Plantar Fasciitis

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Anyone who has been afflicted with the chronic pain of plantar fasciitis understands how quickly it can change your life, limiting the simplest of daily activities and putting a halt to exercise routines. Suddenly it seems like everyone you know has had it; within weeks, you have learned more than you ever wanted to about the treatment options. One of the most promising is Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Therapy (EPAT), a highly effective, non-invasive, office-based treatment that facilitates the healing of injured tissues.

 

Sufferers of plantar fasciitis may already know that EPAT offers a non-surgical option to treat pain and restore function. But what about all those people experiencing the discomfort and frustration caused by heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, Morton’s neuroma, and chronic muscle pain? All of these conditions can be treated with EPAT’s pressure wave stimulation technology that enhances blood circulation and accelerates the natural healing process. And Podiatry Associates, P.C. now offers EPAT to its patients.

 

Often caused by plantar fasciitis, a heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony bulge on the underside of the heel bone. If left untreated, a bone spur can cause chronic pain and inflammation, as well as loss of motion in the joint. On an X-ray, a heel spur can extend forward by as much as a half-inch. Achilles tendonitis can be caused by a heel bone spur.

 

The Achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury that often occurs in runners that have increased the intensity of their runs, or middle-aged weekend athletes. Not stretching prior to exercising also contributes to developing Achilles tendonitis.

 

A neuroma is a benign tumor of a nerve. Morton’s neuroma is not actually a tumor, but a thickening of the tissue that surrounds the digital nerve leading to the toes. The condition makes your foot feel as if you are walking on a small marble, and causes persistent pain in the ball of your foot. Causes for getting Morton’s neuroma include high heels, high-impact sports, and foot deformities between your third and fourth toes.

 

There are many benefits of choosing EPAT for treatment of these foot disorders:

  • No surgery/anesthesia
  • No side effects
  • No incision means no risk of infection, no developing scar tissue
  • No hospital stay
  • Cost-effective
  • Faster healing, faster back to work
  • Immediate weight bearing
  • Fast, safe, effective
  • A return to normal activity within 24-48 hours
  • Future treatment options are not limited.

 

The great news is that EPAT technology is taking the science of podiatry to a new level of care. Podiatry Associates, P.C. is equipped with the latest to ensure your feet and ankles are in the best hands. Contact Podiatry Associates, P.C. today at 303-805-5156 for an appointment at one of our offices across Metro Denver located near you.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC
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