A bunion is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the inside of the foot near the big toe.
In more severe cases when the big toe joint is unable to move at all, the condition is called hallux rigidus (rigid big toe joint).
A tailor’s bunion (bunionette)is seen as an enlargement or “bump” on the outside of the foot near the little toe.
A callus is an area of thickened skin located on the bottom of the foot, in most cases on the ball of the foot and/or heel.
Hammer Toes occur when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance.
A soft corn forms between the toes when the bony prominence known to doctors as the “condyle” of a toe rubs against the condyle of the adjacent toe while walking.
The most common cause of thick toenails is a fungus infection similar or identical to the fungus that causes “athlete’s foot.”
An Ingrown Toenail occurs when the side of a toenail begins to cut through the surrounding skin which is referred to by doctors as the ungualabia or “nail lip.”
Morton’s Neuroma occurs when one of the nerves on the bottom of the foot becomes “pinched” between two adjacent metatarsal bones or the base of the bones of two adjacent toes.
EPAT is an acronym for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. “Extracorporeal” means “outside the body.”
Heel pain is usually caused by acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-like structure located on the bottom of the foot.
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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.