Posts for: May, 2019
Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT) also known as shockwave therapy is used to treat many chronic inflammatory conditions. EPAT uses noninvasive high energy waves to cause acute inflammation thereby increasing blood circulation and enhancing metabolic processes when chronic inflammation is present to stimulate healing.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common pathologies podiatrists evaluate and treat. Podiatrists will try several different ways of treating plantar fasciitis whether it be conservative or surgical measures. At Advanced Podiatry, we offer EPAT for plantar fasciitis that has been unresponsive to oral anti-inflammatories, injections, stretching and custom orthotics. For patients who are not considering surgical intervention, EPAT is a great way to try a conservative yet effective and FDA approved method to control heel pain that has been adamant to treatment. Typically about 3 to 5 treatments are required. EPAT is delivered via ultrasound and typically feels like "snapping rubber bands" which eventually dull down due to repetitive motion. It is important to note that EPAT is not indicated if you are taking antiinflammatories or if you have a pacemaker. Some bruising and pain is normal after EPAT as the body is taking some time to heal.
The PGA tour is in town! The PGA Championship is being played at Bethpage’s beautiful black course.
The black is long and Full of steep hills and rough terrain. On a recent visit there myself, I was shocked at how much of a beating my feet took walking the course. These simple tips can help keep you up and going.
Wear supportive comfortable shoes, ones you are familiar with and have walked distance in before. Make sure to wear a thick cotton sock and consider bringing a change as the court can get wet.
Prior to starting, give your feet ankles and calves a good thorough stretch. And be sure to periodically stretch out in the course of the day. Drink plenty of water, and avoid sugary drinks.
It’s a beautiful weekend for golf, enjoy the tournament and while you’re in town come to visit us at Advance Podiatry.