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Many foot-related problems can be resolved using non-invasive options, like orthotics, padding, and medications. Surgery is a last resort that’s reserved for cases where the foot has severe damage or fractures. A treatment called shockwave therapy (also called Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT) is helping foot patients get relief faster and more efficiently. This therapy is available at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
What Is Shockwave Therapy?
When pulses of energy are delivered to damaged joints, tendons, and muscles in the body, it helps them to heal and regenerate. That is what shockwave therapy (EPAT) does for the feet. A tool emitting pressure waves is used to stop pain in the feet and help heal swollen, torn, or bruised tissue. The waves stimulate healing by increasing blood circulation and metabolism in the feet.
Why This Solution?
Foot surgery is often avoidable, especially when a foot condition is diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Shockwave therapy is one treatment that allows your River North and Schaumburg podiatrist to avoid having to default to an invasive procedure. The shock waves pulse through the skin and muscle to repair the targeted areas. There’s no need for anesthesia and no cutting, which means there’s no scarring or chance of infection. The appointment for EPAT is also very quick and easy—about 10 minutes per session. Your podiatrist will have you come in for about three appointments, once per week. With shockwave treatment, you’ll likely experience a faster healing time with minimal risks.
What Shockwave Therapy Can Treat
Shockwave therapy is becoming one of the most popular treatments in podiatry—especially for athletes and runners. It is very effective when used with other treatments, like physical therapy, foot wrapping, and orthotics. These are some most common foot conditions that are treated with shockwave therapy.
- Bunion pain
- Flat feet
- Plantar fasciitis and heel pain
- Minor foot fractures
- Shin splints
Consult Your Podiatrist
You can now have your foot ailment treated with shockwave therapy (EPAT) at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL. Call today to schedule an appointment.
Sports and exercise condition your cardiovascular system, muscles, bones, and connective tissues, helping you stay fit and active. But sports also may cause sudden and repetitive motion injuries. The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, specialize in sports injuries of all kinds. They'll keep your feet and ankles functional and feeling great.
What happens during exercise?
A number of things happen to your feet and ankles. One is your feet impact a hard, soft, even or uneven surface. Repetitive motion activities, such as tennis, running, and dancing, stress the heel and forefoot over and over again, placing pressure on the bones and stretching the ligaments and tendons.
Additionally, sport and exercise often present the unexpected. A sudden blow from an opponent in a soccer game or a sharp twisting motion as you run down a hill can send you to the ER in River North and Schaumburg with a suspected fracture, severe sprain, or other sports injury.
Common sports injuries
At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, your team of four highly-qualified podiatrists see, diagnose, and treat a variety of sports and exercise-related injuries to the foot and ankle. Ankle sprains remain the most common injury, reports the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Typically, a stretching or tearing of the ligament on the outer aspect of the ankle, these sprains can lead to serious ankle instability and immobility if not treated promptly.
Other frequent problems are:
- Corns and calluses from friction inside footwear
- Fractures of the ankle, toes, metatarsal bones, and heel (both acute and stress fractures)
- Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon which connects the heel and the calf muscle
- Plantar fasciitis, pain, and inflammation associated with the broad band of fibrous tissue in the arch of the foot
Your foot doctor should see any of these injuries, perform a complete podiatric exam, and take X-rays and/or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) as needed. Often, common sense measures such as rest, ice, compression with an elastic bandage, elevation, and over-the-counter analgesics repair many injuries. However, surgery, casting, physical therapy, and other interventions may be needed to speed healing and avoid long-term disability.
Preventing sports injuries
Preventive measures aid keep bones strong and muscles and connective tissues flexible and conditioned. Your foot doctor highly recommends routine physical activity to avoid sudden injury. In other words, don't be a weekend warrior, but keep in good shape with a plan of routine exercise.
Also, stretch before you run, play basketball, cycle, and so on. Wear proper, well-supportive footwear, and if you tend to get sprains, ask your trainer or foot doctor about elastic bandaging or tape to support your feet and ankles. Customized shoe orthotics from the Center for Podiatric Medicine cushion and correct gait problems which can place undue pressure on toes, the balls of the feet, heels, and other areas.
When a sports injury happens, get help at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL.