EPAT: Revolutionary Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendonitis is a common and painful condition that affects many people, particularly those who lead an active lifestyle. This condition occurs when the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, becomes inflamed and damaged. Fortunately, there are various treatment options available, including Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT). In this blog, we’ll explore what EPAT is and how it can benefit individuals suffering from Achilles tendonitis.

Understanding Achilles Tendonitis:

Achilles tendonitis is typically caused by overuse, improper footwear, sudden increases in physical activity, or biomechanical issues. The condition manifests as pain, swelling, and stiffness in the Achilles tendon, making walking and physical activities challenging. Left untreated, Achilles tendonitis can lead to more severe problems and chronic pain.

Traditional Treatment Approaches:

Conventional treatment options for Achilles tendonitis often include rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and orthotic devices. While these approaches can be effective, some cases may require more advanced treatment methods.

Introducing EPAT:

EPAT, or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, is a non-invasive and innovative treatment option that has gained popularity for its effectiveness in treating Achilles tendonitis. This therapy uses acoustic pressure waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. EPAT is also known as shockwave therapy.

How EPAT Works:

During an EPAT session, a podiatrist uses a handheld device to deliver high-energy sound waves to the affected area of the Achilles tendon. These sound waves penetrate the tissues, stimulating blood flow, collagen production, and the repair mechanisms of the body. The result is reduced pain and inflammation and enhanced tissue regeneration.

Benefits of EPAT for Achilles Tendonitis:

  •  Non-Invasive: EPAT is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure, making it a safer and less painful alternative   to surgery.
  •  Minimal Downtime: Patients can usually return to their regular activities shortly after an EPAT session, minimizing disruption to their daily life.
  •  High Success Rate: EPAT has demonstrated a high success rate in treating Achilles tendonitis, providing long-lasting relief for many patients.
  •  Avoiding Medications: EPAT reduces the need for long-term medication use, which is often associated with side effects.
  •  Enhanced Healing: By promoting natural healing processes, EPAT supports the body in repairing and strengthening the Achilles tendon.

What to Expect During an EPAT Session:

EPAT sessions are typically administered in office and can last 5-15 minutes. The number of sessions required varies depending on the individual and the severity of their condition. Most patients experience noticeable improvements within a few weeks.

EPAT at Crown Foot and Ankle

If you’re struggling with Achilles tendonitis, EPAT may offer an effective solution to alleviate pain and help you regain your mobility. Consult with Dr. Mandula to determine if EPAT is a suitable treatment option for your condition. With this advanced technology, you can look forward to a more comfortable and active life, free from the limitations of Achilles tendonitis.

Call Crown Foot & Ankle today at (219) 257-0255 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Natasha Mandula.