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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 21, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we know patients do not want to undergo surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary. That’s why we always strive to resolve foot problems using the least invasive means possible. One way that we do that is through an advanced technology called EPAT. Below are some common questions about EPAT to help you better understand this treatment and its uses:

What exactly is EPAT?

EPAT stands for extracorporeal pulse activation technology. This advanced technology uses pressure waves to accelerate the healing process by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation.

What is EPAT used for?

EPAT is used to help heal a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions as well as a treatment for chronic muscle and tendon pain. Some disorders commonly treated with EPAT included: Achilles tendonitis and bursitis, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, posterior tibial tendonosis, tibialis anterior syndrome and many other conditions.

Does EPAT have significant benefits over other treatments?

Yes. EPAT is completely noninvasive. This means no incision, no risk of infection and no scarring or scar tissue. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and heals without medications. There is no “down time” or time off from work required for EPAT treatments. Patients are able to return to normal activities within 24-48 hours after treatment. Perhaps best of all, the success rate of EPAT treatments is over 80%.

Is EPAT Safe?

EPAT is FDA approved. It is completely safe and has undergone extensive tests and clinical studies. Developed in Europe, is it is now being used worldwide.

How long does EPAT treatment take?

Most conditions require 3 to 4 treatments. Each session takes about 15 minutes and treatments are generally done at weekly intervals.

Is there anyone who cannot use EPAT?

Patients who have Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), malignancies or have had a cortisone injection within the past 6 weeks should not have EPAT treatments.

What results can I expect from EPAT?

Some patients report immediate pain relief following a treatment, but it is more typical for pain reduction to begin about 4 weeks after treatment. Over 80% of patients report pain relief and for most the procedure also restores full mobility.

If you suffer from chronic foot or ankle pain, the first step is to have your feet examined by our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Once the foot doctor has diagnosed the source of your pain, he will determine if you are a candidate for EPAT treatments. To learn more, contact our Pooler, GA office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330–8885.

 

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 02, 2016
Category: Foot Surgery
Tags: Bunions   Flat Feet   Hammertoes   Arthritis   heel spurs  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we will almost always attempt to heal foot and ankle conditions with non-invasive treatment methods whenever possible. Sometimes, however, if an injury or deformity is too severe or a patient doesn’t obtain relief and increased mobility through more conservative measures, surgery is the best option.

Common conditions that can be improved or corrected through surgery include: bunions, flatfeet, hammertoes, sprains, fractures, arthritis and other joint issues, heel spurs, tumors and Neuromas. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will advise you when surgery is needed and also be sure you understand the procedure and expected results. Being an informed patient will make you more confident and comfortable and can help eliminate unwelcome surprises before and after surgery. Below are some general questions to ask before undergoing surgery:

Where will the surgery be performed? Today, many toe, foot and ankle surgeries can be done right in the doctor’s office or as an outpatient at a surgical center.

Will I be knocked out? An anesthesiologist will work closely with the foot doctor to determine the best method. In some cases local anesthesia can be used, with or without sedation. Other surgeries may require general anesthesia. Most likely you will need someone to drive you home after the surgery.

What can I expect in the days following surgery? Following most foot and ankle surgeries, you’ll will need to keep your foot immobilized, limit weight bearing, ice the foot and also keep it elevated.  Your surgeon will also instruct you on whether you will need a cast or splint and how to care for the incision area. Although each patient is different, it’s okay to ask about how much pain you may be in and what methods the foot doctor will suggest for controlling pain.

Will additional treatment or therapy be needed post surgery? In many instances some form of physical therapy or exercises will be utilized to help in the recovery. Your podiatrist may also make recommendations about your footwear or prescribe an orthotic device to use in the short term after surgery or even indefinitely.

When can I expect to resume my normal activities? Sometimes surgery can eliminate a foot problem and in other cases greatly improve mobility and decrease pain. Ask your foot doctor what type of outcome can be expected from your surgery and how long it will be before you are fully recovered and able to go back to all regular activities.

If you have additional questions about a specific surgery, feel free to contact our Pooler office at: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we pride ourselves on bringing the latest, cutting edge treatments to our patients. One of the most beneficial treatments to be developed in recent years is Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology or EPAT. Non invasive and able to be delivered in office, EPAT uses pressure waves, which stimulate metabolism and improve circulation to help speed up the healing process. It is used to treat chronic muscle and tendon pain and other musculoskeletal conditions including:

What to Expect

If our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico recommends EPAT treatment for your foot disorder you will most likely undergo  a once a week treatment that lasts about 15 minutes for 3-4 weeks. Pain relief is usually experienced within 4 weeks of initial treatment and for some patients the effect is immediate. 80% of patients report they are pain free or have experienced a significant reduction in pain after being treated with EPAT. Since it is completely non-invasive, there is no risk of infection and you can resume normal activities within 24-48 hours of treatment.

Safety and Side Effects

EPAT is FDA approved and has virtually no risk. Some patients experience minor discomfort after treatment that lasts a few days following a treatment. EPAT is not recommended for patients with Deep Vein Thrombosis, malignancies or for those who have received a cortisone injection within the last 6 weeks.

If you are experiencing chronic muscle or tendon pain, make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885. Every patient is unique and Dr. Talarico will be able to evaluate your specific condition and determine whether EPAT or some other treatment plan is best for you.










 

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