Shockwave, or EPAT, therapy is used for heel pain and other painful foot and ankle problems. Shockwave therapy stimulates tissue to encourage the body to start the normal tissue healing process. Additionally, shockwaves help to over-stimulate pain nerves, which can lead to decreased pain and sensitivity.
At Healthy Feet Podiatry we perform EPAT, a non-invasive myofascial therapy to heal tendons, ligaments, muscles and connective tissue.
EPAT can be incorporated into your overall treatment plan with excellent outcomes. This therapy causes changes in the tissue of your foot and ankle and increases blood flow, reduces pain and relieves the tension at muscle trigger points to give you relief. Your body will respond naturally and bring in healing cells to give you long-term relief from pain and inflammation. These new cells actually will heal the plantar fascia and Achilles by laying down new stronger tissue at the attachments to the bone. So this is truly a form of regenerative medicine unlike cortisone which breaks down tissue with overuse.
This time tested treatment has been used for millions of people across the world with great success. The most common uses for this treatment are with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. When these areas become injured and inflamed, the body goes into a protective state and the healing process often stops or slows significantly. The injury becomes chronic or long standing. EPAT therapy stimulates the area to enter the active healing state by encouraging healing cells to return and regenerate the fascia and tendon while removing to “bad swelling”.
Elimination of pain symptoms can lead to rapid pain relief and increased weight bearing and activity on the affected foot.
The D-Actor 50 with EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology) provides the most advanced non-invasive, in-office treatment solution that requires no numbing or anesthetics. The system delivers pneumatic pressure waves from outside the body to the area of discomfort using Biofeedback and a “point and shoot” method. The treatment triggers the body’s own repair mechanisms to initiate natural healing.
Call Healthy Feet Podiatry today for a consultation to determine which regenerative medicine treatment is best for you, (813) 875-0555.