Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is a procedure that uses “pressure waves” to increase blood flow to the soft tissue that is being treated. treated. Increased blood flow greatly accelerates the body’s natural healing process. This accelerates the natural healing process considerably. The blood brings the essential nutrients needed for your cells to repair themselves and eliminate the damage. As feet heal there is less pain allowing the return to normal activity. Studies show this is highly effective for treating persistent tendon pain, like in plantar fasciitis or Achilles’ tendinitis, though other soft tissues in the foot have also benefited from it.
After a thorough history and physical examination, the physician will determine the appropriateness of EPAT as a treatment modality. If the discomfort is severe and persistent, this procedure may be a good option. At the appointment, gel similar to that used for ultrasounds will be applied to the affected area of your foot. The shockwave applicator is moved gently in circles over the area experiencing pain. The device pulses waves of energy into the tissues, stimulating their natural healing processes. The whole procedure is relatively quick—most last about fifteen minutes. Generally, the pain is taken care of after three treatments, though more may be necessary depending on the severity of the condition. Studies have documented up to 80-90% success rates for relieving soft tissue pain in the feet and ankles using this technology.