If thinking about taking another step makes you cringe, know there’s relief. At Complete Foot & Ankle in Ridgewood and Newark, New Jersey, podiatrists Dr. Jacob Reinkraut, Dr. Michelle Suh; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, use extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT) to reduce pain caused by plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. If you have severe foot pain, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.

Shockwave Therapy Q & A

What is shockwave therapy?

Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT), also known as shockwave therapy, is an FDA-approved procedure for treating several musculoskeletal disorders.

Shockwave therapy sends low-frequency sound waves into damaged tissue. This therapy accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing blood circulation immune response to the injured area.

Is shockwave therapy effective in treating foot and ankle pain?

EPAT therapy is an effective treatment for problems that cause chronic, debilitating pain in the foot and ankle. The most common foot and ankle conditions that respond to shockwave therapy include:

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis

Studies show that EPAT significantly decreases swelling and reported pain in patients with a 12-month history of heel pain from plantar fasciitis.

Another study found that 87.5% of patients who used EPAT to treat chronic heel pain were still satisfied or very satisfied with their results about nine years after treatment.

What are the benefits of shockwave therapy?

Shockwave therapy is an appealing alternative to other treatments, such as surgery or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for the following reasons:

  • Non-invasive
  • No scars
  • No downtime for recovery
  • Less expensive than surgery or PRP
  • Faster and easier to heal from
  • No anesthesia
  • No risk of infection
  • Greater than 80% patient satisfaction

What should I expect from my shockwave therapy treatment?

First, Dr. Reinkraut, Dr. Suh, prepares you for treatment by asking you to remove your shoes, socks, and any clothing covering the affected area.

EPAT is a quick and painless procedure. The exact amount of time and number of sessions depend on the severity of your condition, but the doctors spend about 10 minutes on most shockwave therapy treatments.

Afterward, you can return to work or your regular activities within a few days. Shockwave therapy doesn’t cause side effects, although some patients experience minor discomfort that fades within a few days.

Many patients notice a reduction in pain immediately after the first shockwave treatment, but you’ll likely need at least three treatment sessions at weekly intervals. The doctors prescribe a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

If you have chronic heel or ankle pain that hasn’t responded to other treatments, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.