Shock Wave (ESWT) and Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment or EPAT uses pressure waves to stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. Tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. This non-invasive treatment can be used for acute or chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints and other tendon/muscle pains.
The term neuroma actually refers to a benign tumor in the foot. Standard treatments such as cortisone injections and surgery have led to less than optimal results. Chemical Neurolysis also known as Alcohol Sclerosis is a more effective treatment option for these painful nerve conditions. It has also proven effective for patients who have undergone previous surgical treatment with recurrence of the painful nerve also known as a stump neuroma.
Podiatric Diagnostic Ultrasound
We are one of the very few Podiatry offices that offer Diagnostic Ultrasound. This instrument will aid us in the analysis and visualization of soft tissue diseases of the foot and ankle. Foot conditions such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fibromas, Morton's neuroma, arthritis, cystic masses, and even ankle sprains and strains can be treated more easily with this specialized diagnostic instrumentation. With the help of this machine, pain from these problems can be directly noted and properly taken care of.
How does Ultrasound Diagnostics work?
Ultrasound diagnostics is performed with high frequency sound waves - higher than the range of human hearing. Visualization of soft tissue structures is created when the ultrasound beam is transmitted into the foot and echoes are reflected from these structures. The echoes are then viewed on a small television-like screen.
Just as expecting mothers can view their unborn baby in the womb by use of ultrasound, podiatrists can observe the soft tissue of the foot. This examination is completely painless and can be performed in less than a half hour. Most insurance companies cover this procedure.
How will this new procedure benefit you?
If you are suffering from chronic foot pain, we urge you to schedule a visit to our office. This new procedure could help in obtaining an accurate diagnosis of your foot or ankle condition.