820 East Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

East Ocean Podiatry, Dean B Dorfman, DPM, P.A. & Dominick Sansone, DPM

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT)

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is an FDA-approved, non-invasive form of shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, and more. Highly effective, over 80 percent of patients report less pain or no pain after undergoing EPAT.

Benefits of EPAT:

  • No anesthesia
  • No side effects
  • No incision means no risk of infection
  • No hospital stay
  • Faster healing
  • Immediate weight bearing
  • A return to normal activity within 24-48 hours
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment has a proven success rate equal or better to other treatment options, including surgery, without the risks or long recovery. There are virtually no side effects, but some patients experience minor discomfort for a few days or the skin becomes bruised or red after treatment.

EPAT aftercare

sansone-epat-toolAvoid taking anti-inflammatory medication for at least two weeks prior to the procedure and for at least two weeks prior to the procedure and four weeks afterward. This includes Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin. Your podiatrist will provide you with more detailed aftercare instructions during your visit, or you can read the after care instructions here.

How does EPAT work?

Using a hand-held applicator, your podiatrist will direct low frequency sound waves, also known as shockwaves, at the injury area through a hand held applicator. The shockwaves penetrate deep into the soft tissues to stimulate metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process. Generally, patients undergo 4 treatments, each last about 15 minutes over a period of 4 week.

Similar to Radial Spec, EPAT shockwave therapy treats more conditions and has more penetrating power to heal deep tendon and muscle injuries. In fact, it’s the most advance and highly effective non-invasive treatment method cleared by the FDA.

Who should not undergo EPAT?

If you have deep vein thrombosis or malignancy, you should not undergo EPAT. You should also avoid the procedure if you are taking blood thinners.

EPAT has never been tested on pregnant women. If you are a new mother, we advise waiting at least three months after delivery before undergoing treatment. Your food pain may subside after losing weight and your hormones return to normal levels.

If you’re experiencing heel or arch pain and think EPAT may be right for you, call East Ocean Podiatry in Boca Raton at (561) 750-9400 or in Deerfield Beach at (954) 828-2601. You can also make an appointment online.