Do you suffer from chronic foot pain? At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we offer a nonsurgical, medication-free method for reducing foot pain to Atlantic County patients. It’s called EPAT: Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology.
Below are some frequently asked questions about this treatment.
What is EPAT? EPAT is a kind of shockwave therapy the delivers pulses of sound waves in a unique range to the part of your foot that is hurting. The waves stimulate blood circulation and metabolism which in turn speeds up the healing process and can also break up calcified or fibrotic tissue.
What types of conditions is EPAT used to treat? This therapy has brought relief to patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal, muscle and tendon issues. Some disorders that are successfully treated by EPAT include: Plantar fasciitis, peroneal tendonosis, turf toe, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and heel spurs.
Is EPAT safe? Yes. EPAT is FDA approved and is completely safe. It has been used in Europe and other countries for many years and multiple studies have shown it to be both safe and effective. There is no danger of infection, scar tissue or other risks associated with invasive procedures.
Are there any side effects? There are no side effects to EPAT. In some cases, patients report minor discomfort, bruising or redness immediately following the treatment. Patients can go back to all their usual activities 24-48 hours after an EPAT treatment.
How soon will I notice results? Although some patients experience immediate relief from pain following their first EPAT treatment, it usually takes 3-4 treatments and about 4 weeks to achieve maximum results.
Am I a good candidate for EPAT? In order to find out, you will have to start with an examination of your feet by our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco. In addition to a physical exam, the foot doctor will want to get a complete medical history and find out about any other medical problems you may have. Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, malignancies and certain other conditions may not be able to undergo EPAT treatments.
To learn more about EPAT, contact our Somers Point office today by calling: (609) 927-4894.