Heel pain, one of the most common reasons for people to seek treatment at our Monmouth County podiatry office, is often due to a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament located deep in the sole of your foot. There are many ways to tackle the pain of plantar fasciitis including rest, ice, stretching, heel pads, and custom orthotics.
Even with these many approaches to fighting heel pain, some patients find that months have gone by and they’re still in pain. Enter EPAT - Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. It’s shock wave treatment that’s easy, quick, painless, and very effective at treating heel pain.
How EPAT works
The “P” in EPAT refers to the pulsing action that propels healing shocks into the area of the plantar fascia that’s giving you the most trouble. Our podiatrists will identify the proper area to treat, apply ultrasound jelly to that area, and use a specialized wand to send a serious of high-intensity sound waves into the heel. These pulses reduce inflammation, break up scar tissue, and improve circulation to the plantar fascia, allowing it to heal itself.
Many patients experience some relief after the initial treatment. Pulse treatment continues with a series of applications over 3-5 weeks. Each treatment takes only about 5 minutes and we perform it right here in our office. There’s no pain, no downtime, and no side effects.
An alternative to surgery
EPAT can be a great option for athletes and other patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center who haven’t responded well to conservative treatments but who aren’t ready to try surgery. We have many options to treat plantar fasciitis and encourage anyone with chronic heel pain to call us for an appointment in Howell or Jackson, New Jersey. Our board-certified podiatrists are committed to helping you knock out your heel pain for good. For an appointment with Dr. Samantha Boyd, Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Dan Phan, or Dr. Joseph Saka, call (732) 905-1110 or contact us online.