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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.
If you have ever suffered from foot problems like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, chances are you understand just how painful it can be. Thankfully, there is a technology called shockwave therapy that can non invasively treat these and other conditions. Together with your Chicago, IL podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Care, you can get back on track to healthy and happy feet.
What is shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy uses high-energy waves to stimulate the blood flow to the affected area, coaxing the body into repairing the tissue on its own and encouraging healing. This procedure usually lasts around 30 minutes and is used to treat injured tendons or chronic heel pain. Shockwave therapy is safe and has a short recovery time. Since it is noninvasive, no bandages or stitches are required, though it is sometimes performed under local anesthetic. Pregnant women or people with certain conditions like heart or vascular problems should not use shockwave therapy. You should consult with your podiatrist to determine whether shockwave therapy is the best treatment for your condition.
A small probe is attached to the skin near the affected area. To ensure proper contact, a gel is applied to the area to be treated. The shockwave machine is placed right up against the area in question, and the machine’s power setting is adjusted to your needs. Usually, the intensity of the waves will be started low, and gradually increased to treatment level during the session. After the procedure, you will not have to wear any special shoes or bandages, and can wear your everyday shoes and walk normally. If local anesthetic is needed, you will not be able to drive yourself home, as your foot will be numb. Since general anesthetic is not needed and the procedure can be done in your doctor’s office, the costs of shockwave therapy are generally much lower than more invasive procedures.
If you are suffering from heel or tendon pain, shockwave therapy could be just the treatment you require. The Center for Podiatric Care in River North, Chicago, IL can help you beat foot pain and get back to walking normally in no time. Call (312) 923-1100 to schedule your appointment today!