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EPAT Heel Pain Treatment

What is EPAT Treatment?

EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal (outside the body) Pulse Activation Treatment.  Shock waves are created by very strong acoustic (sound) energy.  The shock wave generator is very similar to the shock wave devices used to treat kidney stones without surgery.  EPAT treatment has recently been found to be effective for treating chronic proximal plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes pain in the heel of the affected foot and is sometimes called a “heel spur”.

Why Consider Non-Invasive EPAT?

EPAT has a proven success rate that is equal to or greater than that of traditional treatment methods (including surgery) and without the risks, complications, or lengthy recovery time.  EPAT is performed in our office at Laser Foot Surgery Specialist and generally requires a minimal amount of time.  Patients can bear weight (i.e. walk) immediately and can usually return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure.

What are the Expected Results?

The beneficial results of EPAT are often experienced after only 3 treatments.  Some patients report immediate pain relief after the treatment, although it can take up to 4 weeks for pain relief to begin.  The procedure often eliminated pain and restores full mobility, thus improving the quality of life.  Over 80% of patients treated with EPAT report to be pain FREE* and/or have significant pain reduction.

Is EPAT Safe?

Yes.  This FDA approved technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe.  A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering, and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT device.  Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.

How is EPAT Treatment Performed?

Coupling gel is applied to the treatment area of interest to enhance effectiveness.  After these preparations, EPAT pressure waves are released via the applicator moved over the area of interest in a circular motion.

What is the Duration of Treatment and How Many Treatment Are Needed?

Treatment sessions usually take approximately 15 minutes per foot, depending on the disorder to be treated.  Generally, 3 to 4 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals.  In some cases, additional treatment sessions may be indicated.

What are the Benefits of Non-Invasive EPAT?

How Can I Get More Information?

Dr. Cowin is the best person to speak with if you have questions or concerns about the EPAT procedure.  He has extensive knowledge and specialized training on all aspects of its use, safety, and effectiveness.  You can also learn more about EPAT technology and product line by visiting the CuraMedix website at www.curamedix.com.