For better or worse, time changes things. Trees and plants grow, erosion wears away rocks and mountains, and new technology develops to meet the challenges of the modern world. You see this particularly in medicine, where technological advances are making a positive difference for health and wellness. This is encouraging, particularly for people dealing with painful problems that tend to worsen with time—including heel pain. Heel pain is a chronic condition that can sharply limit your mobility, but technology like EPAT is now able to offer fast relief for stubborn discomfort.
The Power of EPAT
EPAT stands for extracorporeal pulse activation technology. This means the non-invasive procedure uses pulses of energy on the outside of your body to activate healing in your soft tissues. The treatment can sound more complicated than it is. Really, this method uses energy to stimulate and speed up your body’s natural healing processes to take care of chronic problems.
How does this help issues like heel pain? Well, heel pain, particularly if it’s caused by plantar fasciitis, gets worse over time. As inflammation and irritation compound, the affected soft tissues tend to thicken and not respond to other conservative therapies. EPAT directs pulses of energy at those damaged connective tissues to stimulate your natural healing. Overtime, this process can repair the damage and relieve your pain.
How Does It Work?
During your EPAT appointment, our specialists will use the machine to direct pulses of high-powered pressure waves at the damaged tissues. These energy waves pass harmlessly through your skin to the soft tissues underneath. The waves aggravate the tissue to stimulate your body’s healing response. As a result, it “tricks” your body into improving and accelerating the circulation and immune system in that area. This brings in the nutrients and healing factors your tissues need to repair themselves. Over time and through repeated treatments, the process alleviates the tissue stress and damage, eliminating the pain. For many people, the pain relief starts early on, after even just one appointment.
Is EPAT Right for You?
EPAT is an excellent treatment option for conditions like heel pain, but it isn’t right for everyone. It is best served for people with chronic pain that have found other conservative treatments didn’t help. A simple evaluation of your condition with our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists can help you determine if this method really is the best next step to eliminate your discomfort. The good news is that the process doesn’t require any anesthesia. Side effects are minimal as well; some people have mild soreness or bruising after their appointment, but there are no other serious concerns.
The longer you wait to deal with chronic pain in your heels, the harder it becomes to manage effectively. Still, technology like EPAT means you aren’t stuck with your painful condition, even if it is chronic. When nothing else helps, this could be exactly what you need for relief. Let our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you eliminate your heel pain today. Make an appointment for a consultation or more information through our website, or by calling our Las Vegas offices at (702) 839-2010.