EPAT (Shockwave Therapy)
EPAT, or extracorporeal pulse activation technology, is an advanced and effective treatment method approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This medical instrument deliver pressure waves into a target area of the body. This stimulates metabolism, enhances blood circulation, and accelerates the healing process. As a result of the shockwave therapy, tissue regeneration is stimulated at a cellular level, with healthy new tissue ultimately replacing the damaged tissue.
This noninvasive in-office procedure represents a breakthrough treatment option for many conditions, including those affecting the feet, such as plantar fasciitis.
FAQs About Shockwave Therapy
EPAT is able to treat many different foot and ankle problems which affect your stability and mobility, such as:
- Achilles tendon pain at the back of the ankle
- Feet and heel pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendon injuries
- Trigger points
This is a noninvasive, nonsurgical option that many prefer over surgery. There is no pain, no scarring, and no risk of infection associated with shockwave therapy. It is a quick procedure that is conveniently performed in your doctor’s office, and requires no downtime afterward, so you are free to immediately go about your day without restriction.
EPAT treatment has virtually no risks or side effects. The only symptom you might experience is some slight discomfort in the treated area for a few days after treatment. If you feel any persistent symptoms, please inform your provider for better guidance.
A treatment session takes just 5-10 minutes to perform.
Typically, one session a week for three weeks delivers the long-lasting results a patient seeks. Most patients express significant pain relief approximately four weeks of their first session.
Gel is applied to your foot, and a specially designed hand-held device is gently glided over the surface of your skin in the area being treated. This sends high-energy acoustic waves to damaged tissue under the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing response.
Post-treatment care information will be provided by the doctor. It is essential that you follow your doctor’s recommendations to experience the maximum pain relief after shockwave therapy for your foot or ankle problem.
Shockwave Therapy in San Antonio, TX
The best person to contact to learn more about the EPAT device is your doctor. Our skilled physicians will help you walk through the entire process of understanding the new state-of-the-art device. Contact Medical Center Podiatry in San Antonio, Texas at (210) 561-7080 to connect you to our medical team and/or schedule your appointment. You can also use our interactive request an appointment form to meet with our professional as soon as possible.