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Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology
Acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain can significantly impair your mobility and quality of life. Fortunately, there is an advanced and highly effective, FDA-cleared treatment for a variety of podiatric disorders. It’s called Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®), a proprietary technology based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process to gradually regenerate damaged tissue.
This noninvasive, office-based procedure can be used to treat:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles pain
- Tendon and/or tendon insertion pain
- Chronic heel pain
- Morton’s neuroma
- Myofascial trigger points
The EPAT® Procedure
EPAT is performed in a manner similar to ultrasound. The technician will first apply a coupling gel to the treatment area to enhance the effectiveness of the procedure. Next, pressure waves are delivered through an applicator that is moved over the affected area in a circular motion. Each treatment session only takes about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the disorder being treated, and 3 to 5 weekly treatment sessions are typically necessary.
Since EPAT® treatment is noninvasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, there is no downtime, no scarring, no risk of infection, and no side effects when performed by a qualified caregiver, such as the highly skilled, board-certified podiatrists at Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care.
Some patients report immediate pain relief following treatment, although it may take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin. More than 80 percent of patients who have undergone EPAT treatment report to be pain free or have significant pain reduction.
To find out if Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy might be a treatment option for your foot pain, call us today at the location nearest to you or use our convenient online appointment request form to arrange a consultation with one of our Cincinnati podiatrists.