The acronym EPAT stands for a relatively new technology called Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment. Its primary use in podiatric medicine is to treat the soft tissue found in the feet and ankles. Approved by the FDA, the EPAT increases the blood flow and the metabolic rate of the soft tissue that is treated by using “pressure waves.” The treatments lead to faster healing in conditions like arch pain, heel pain, and Achilles tendonitis.
This non-invasive procedure eliminates the risk of infection, and is performed in the office using an instrument similar to an ultrasound wand. Patients are able to walk right after their appointment, and they can typically resume their normal activities within two days.