Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT) is commonly used for the treatment of soft tissue and bone disorders around the foot and ankle. EPAT has been shown to be effective in treating plantar fasciitis (heel spurs), Achilles tendonitis, chronic muscle pain, and fractured bones that did not heal correctly.
The equipment used to deliver EPAT is highly advanced and has been evaluated and approved by the FDA. EPAT technology is in common use throughout the world.
EPAT works by sending sound wave pulses into your soft tissue to cause microtrauma, or highly controlled, microscopic “injuries” in the soft tissue or bone. These “injuries” provoke a healing reaction in your body with improved blood circulation. EPAT can also break up tissue that has become calcified or fibrotic.
A typical EPAT treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes and should be repeated once a week for three weeks.
EPAT is a non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime. In some cases, patients may report mild discomfort, bruising, or redness, but this typically resolves within a few days, if not sooner.
While the full benefits of EPAT treatment may take up to three months, most patients report feeling significantly better within a month of treatment. Some patients even report improvement immediately after treatment.
When asked to use a 0-10 pain scale, 83% of patients treated have had a reduction of at least 5 scale points for their condition. On rare occasions, patients have gone on to invasive surgical procedures. No patients have been made worse, and no patients have developed complications from EPAT
EPAT should not be confused with ESWT treatment, which uses the same sound wave concept but is an older form of the technology. While ESWT patients need anesthesia to tolerate the procedure, EPAT’s more refined technology allows patients to undergo treatment without anesthesia.
The Weil Foot & Ankle Institute has successfully performed sound wave treatments since February of 2000. We have participated in three FDA studies on this technology, as well as multiple clinical studies. Our clinical studies have shown a nearly 90% success rate to treat plantar fasciitis and other tendon problems involving the foot and ankle. Full clinical benefits are fully realized 2-3 months following the procedure.
Dr. Lowell Weil Jr. served as the President of the International Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment from 2009 to 2010, culminating in Weil Foot & Ankle Institute‘s hosting the 10th Annual ISMST Scientific Congress in June 2010.
Costs are dependent upon the location of pain and the time required to treat the condition. Many insurance companies cover the cost of EPAT treatment.
Please call our podiatry office in Chicago, IL, at 847-393-4276 if you have any additional questions about Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT), and we will be happy to provide you with all the information that you may need. Come experience Weil Foot & Ankle Institute! You will see our Chicago podiatrist offers the best podiatry care in In Aurora, Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Oak Lawn, Oak Park & Roselle, IL.