If you follow the Mets baseball team you may have noticed that outfielder Jay Bruce was absent from the line up for a few games in mid-April. Bruce has a foot condition that many of our patients at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM suffer from: plantar fasciitis. If you have this podiatric disorder you are well aware of the intense heel pain that results from the plantar fascia being inflamed. People with flat feet or high arches are more prone to plantar fasciitis, as are those whose jobs require them to be on their feet for long hours. Resting the affected foot is one of the ways of treating this disorder and that’s why Bruce was out of the lineup. He and the coaching staff wisely chose to have him give the injury a chance to heal rather than continue to stress the plantar fascia and take the risk of greater debilitation.
The EPAT Option
Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, offers a cutting-edge treatment for heel pain that has proven effective in over 80% of cases. It’s called EPAT—which stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. A shockwave therapy that delivers pulses of sound waves to the heel, causes microscopic trauma to the soft tissue which in turn stimulates blood circulation in the affected area and speeds healing. EPAT is a safe and non-invasive treatment. There are no side effects, but patients sometimes report minor discomfort, bruising or redness immediately after treatment.
Am I a Candidate for EPAT?
If you believe you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, the first step is to make an appointment at our Atlantic County office located in Somers Point. The foot doctor will examine your foot and ask questions about your heel pain such as how long you’ve had it, when you notice that it is at its worst and what brings relief.
If a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is confirmed, the podiatrist can then determine if EPAT is right for you. You should not have EPAT treatments if you have peripheral vascular disease, are taking blood thinners or have a deep vein thrombosis.
In those situations, the foot doctor will discuss other options such as physical therapy, orthotics, night splints and stretching exercises to relieve pain. Take a tip from Bruce and seek treatment for plantar fasciitis. Like him, you’ll want to do all that you can to nip it in the bud and help you be on your game.