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Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar regions of the foot, namely the heel, arch, and midfoot. When too much stress is put on the plantar fascia, or the connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of your foot, inflammation, overtightening, and tearing may arise. This can cause foot pain. Because of plantar fasciitis, you may experience tearing with the first steps you take in the morning each day.
A certain trigger that may cause stress to the plantar fascia includes poor arch support, which is brought upon by frequently walking barefoot or wearing shoes with improper arch support. Other causes include obesity or a sudden increase in weight, increased physical activity, weak foot and ankle muscles, tight calf muscles, and arthritis.
If you’re feeling pain after sitting, walking, or standing for a long period of time, as well as when you first step out of bed or climb stairs, you may be showing signs of plantar fasciitis. To know for sure what’s causing you pain, it’s best that you get an x-ray taken of your foot.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of the specific case of the condition. Ice massage applications may be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is often used to treat plantar fasciitis, and this may include stretching exercises. Another treatment option is anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.
Because plantar fasciitis is known to worsen over time, it’s recommended that you meet with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan.
The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is on the forefront of technology with our offering of the most advanced non-invasive musculoskeletal therapy available, known as EPAT ® .
Watch this short video which demonstrates how EPAT ® can work for you.
What is EPAT ® (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology ® )? Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology ® (EPAT ® ) is the most advanced and highly effective non – invasive treatment approved by the FDA. This proprietary technology is based on a unique set of pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissues gradually regenerate and eventually heal without invasive surgery, medications and no down time.
What disorders can be treated? This non-invasive office - based procedure represents a breakthrough treatment option for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions. Acute and chronic muscle pain and / or tendon insertional pain are effectively treated, such as:
Is it safe? Yes. This FDA approved technology was developed in Europe and is currently being used worldwide. Extensive clinical studies and tests have been performed confirming its safety and efficacy. In fact, many professional and collegiate athletic teams are using this technology as part of rehabilitaion / therapy programs for their injured athletes.
Are there any side effects / complications / contraindications? The non-invasive EPAT ® treatment has virtually no risks or side effects. In some cases patients may experience some minor discomfort which may last for a few days. It is best to perform light exercise immediately after the treatment. Treatment with EPAT is not recommended on those with the following conditions: DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), malignancies or if a cortisone injection was given 6 weeks prior to the first treatment.
What is the duration of the treatment and how many will I need? The treatment sessions take about 15 minutes depending on what area is being treated. Typically 3 – 4 treatments are necessary and treatments are done at weekly intervals.
What are the expected results? The beneficial effects of Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT ® ) are often experienced after only 3 – 4 treatment sessions. Wile some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatments, it typically takes up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin. The procedure eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving the overall quality of life. Over 80% of patients treated with EPAT ® report to be pain free or have significant pain reduction.
What are the benefits of EPAT ® ?
If you would like more information about EPAT, please consult with a podiatrist for a professional diagnosis.
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Watch this informative video on how EPAT can help your painful condition.
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