Weekend warrior struck down by heel pain – The EPAT® option

You can call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900,
and make an appointment at one of our three convienent Austin office locations. 

5000 Bee Caves Road, Suite 202, Westlake Hills, 78746
1600 W. 38th Street, Suite 318, Rosedale, 78731
2312 Western Trails Blvd, Suite 103, Westgate, 78745

You would like to be able to run for exercise every day, but some days it is hard to fit into your schedule. You have found yourself taking advantage of the extra time over the weekend and pushing yourself a little more on these days. The ‘weekend warrior' regime, unfortunately, can make you more likely to injury. This is especially true for the tendons and ligament of your foot and ankle. One of the most frequent injuries we see in our office is heel pain.



In the acute stage, or initial injury, heel pain can be addressed through the RICE principle. This should be followed up by a visit to your Austin podiatrist. After assessing your foot dynamics and discerning the source of the problem, taping, padding, orthotics, or injections are all modalities that can prevent it from becoming worse or happening again. Unfortunately, if you have been ‘pushing through the pain' or ignoring the problem for an extended period of time, your heel pain may have become a chronic injury. These types of injuries can be difficult to heal because of fibrous scar tissues that form preventing your body from delivering the growth factors necessary for properly healing. Lucky for you, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists have recently acquired Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT®) technology!



EPAT® has been used overseas for a number of years. With current FDA approval for treating chronic muscle problems, this tool in our office will give you another option to achieve healing. This technology works by creating an acoustic shock wave that affects deep soft tissues. A hand held device is placed over the area of skin and the healing shock waves travel through the skin to the chronic injury. The procedure is painless and results can often be seen after only a few treatments. There may be other medical professionals who also offer treatments with this technology, but it is important to have any foot problems assessed by a board certified podiatrist. While this technology is great for healing certain muscle and tendon pathology, there are some problems that it is not suited for and can actually aggravate. This treatment has virtually no side effects when used properly. Ask if EPAT® is a good option for you!

You would like to be able to run for exercise every day, but some days it is hard to fit into your schedule. You have found yourself taking advantage of the extra time over the weekend and pushing yourself a little more on these days. The ‘weekend warrior’ regime, unfortunately, can make you more likely to injury. This is especially true for the tendons and ligament of your foot and ankle. One of the most frequent injuries we see in our office is heel pain.

In the acute stage, or initial injury, heel pain can be addressed through the RICE principle. This should be followed up by a visit to your Austin podiatrist. After assessing your foot dynamics and discerning the source of the problem, taping, padding, orthotics, or injections are all modalities that can prevent it from becoming worse or happening again. Unfortunately, if you have been ‘pushing through the pain’ or ignoring the problem for an extended period of time, your heel pain may have become a chronic injury. These types of injuries can be difficult to heal because of fibrous scar tissues that form preventing your body from delivering the growth factors necessary for properly healing. Lucky for you, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists have recently acquired Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT®) technology!

EPAT® has been used overseas for a number of years. With current FDA approval for treating chronic muscle problems, this tool in our office will give you another option to achieve healing. This technology works by creating an acoustic shock wave that affects deep soft tissues. A hand held device is placed over the area of skin and the healing shock waves travel through the skin to the chronic injury. The procedure is painless and results can often be seen after only a few treatments. There may be other medical professionals who also offer treatments with this technology, but it is important to have any foot problems assessed by a board certified podiatrist. While this technology is great for healing certain muscle and tendon pathology, there are some problems that it is not suited for and can actually aggravate. This treatment has virtually no side effects when used properly. Ask if EPAT® is a good option for you!

You would like to be able to run for exercise every day, but some days it is hard to fit into your schedule. You have found yourself taking advantage of the extra time over the weekend and pushing yourself a little more on these days. The ‘weekend warrior’ regime, unfortunately, can make you more likely to injury. This is especially true for the tendons and ligament of your foot and ankle. One of the most frequent injuries we see in our office is heel pain.

In the acute stage, or initial injury, heel pain can be addressed through the RICE principle. This should be followed up by a visit to your Austin podiatrist. After assessing your foot dynamics and discerning the source of the problem, taping, padding, orthotics, or injections are all modalities that can prevent it from becoming worse or happening again. Unfortunately, if you have been ‘pushing through the pain’ or ignoring the problem for an extended period of time, your heel pain may have become a chronic injury. These types of injuries can be difficult to heal because of fibrous scar tissues that form preventing your body from delivering the growth factors necessary for properly healing. Lucky for you, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists have recently acquired Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT®) technology!

EPAT® has been used overseas for a number of years. With current FDA approval for treating chronic muscle problems, this tool in our office will give you another option to achieve healing. This technology works by creating an acoustic shock wave that affects deep soft tissues. A hand held device is placed over the area of skin and the healing shock waves travel through the skin to the chronic injury. The procedure is painless and results can often be seen after only a few treatments. There may be other medical professionals who also offer treatments with this technology, but it is important to have any foot problems assessed by a board certified podiatrist. While this technology is great for healing certain muscle and tendon pathology, there are some problems that it is not suited for and can actually aggravate. This treatment has virtually no side effects when used properly. Ask if EPAT® is a good option for you!

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

You would like to be able to run for exercise every day, but some days it is hard to fit into your schedule. You have found yourself taking advantage of the extra time over the weekend and pushing yourself a little more on these days. The ‘weekend warrior’ regime, unfortunately, can make you more likely to injury. This is especially true for the tendons and ligament of your foot and ankle. One of the most frequent injuries we see in our office is heel pain.

In the acute stage, or initial injury, heel pain can be addressed through the RICE principle. This should be followed up by a visit to your Austin podiatrist. After assessing your foot dynamics and discerning the source of the problem, taping, padding, orthotics, or injections are all modalities that can prevent it from becoming worse or happening again. Unfortunately, if you have been ‘pushing through the pain’ or ignoring the problem for an extended period of time, your heel pain may have become a chronic injury. These types of injuries can be difficult to heal because of fibrous scar tissues that form preventing your body from delivering the growth factors necessary for properly healing. Lucky for you, Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists have recently acquired Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT®) technology!

EPAT® has been used overseas for a number of years. With current FDA approval for treating chronic muscle problems, this tool in our office will give you another option to achieve healing. This technology works by creating an acoustic shock wave that affects deep soft tissues. A hand held device is placed over the area of skin and the healing shock waves travel through the skin to the chronic injury. The procedure is painless and results can often be seen after only a few treatments. There may be other medical professionals who also offer treatments with this technology, but it is important to have any foot problems assessed by a board certified podiatrist. While this technology is great for healing certain muscle and tendon pathology, there are some problems that it is not suited for and can actually aggravate. This treatment has virtually no side effects when used properly. Ask if EPAT® is a good option for you!

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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