EPAT – Advanced Treatment for Heel Pain

EPAT Treatment for Heel PainIf you live in Austin—or one of our neighboring communities like Rollingwood, West Lake Hills, or Barton Creek—you always have an abundance of options when it comes to events and activities. For instance, the largest biker rally in the state (Republic of Texas Biker Rally) is this weekend, and The Solstice Festival (to celebrate our local music scene) is coming up on  June 17-18.

Now, heel pain can certainly take away your ability to enjoy activities like these, but we have a state-of-the-art treatment method to eliminate the pain and restore your enjoyment – extracorporeal pulse activation (EPAT). Also known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), this is an advanced, noninvasive treatment method consisting of acoustical waves of energy projected towards damaged soft tissue. When the waves reach the targeted area, they promote increased circulation and enhanced metabolism to speed up the body’s natural healing processes. In addition to repairing the tissues, pain is also relieved with the use of EPAT.

This technology works particularly well for most cases of heel pain, since these conditions are often soft tissue injuries. Two of the more prominent causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.

Plantar fasciitis develops when the plantar fascia, which runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed and swollen. The Achilles tendon is quite durable, but overuse (or frequent underuse followed by sporadic bursts of intense activity) can cause it to become inflamed. Both conditions can be quite painful, but EPAT technology allows the body to provide the damaged areas greater quantities of nutrients, oxygen, and essential healing factors.

We take great pride here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in being able to offer an array of technologically-advanced treatments to address various medical conditions for our patients. When you have heel pain, extracorporeal pulse activation might be part of our recommended treatment plan to help you recover in the shortest possible amount of time.

EPAT is just one of the many state-of-the-art technological treatments we offer to make life better for you. Contact our Austin, TX podiatrist office for additional information on how we can care for any foot or ankle condition that is causing problems for you. Call us at (512) 328-8900 or schedule an appointment online today.

Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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