Posts for: March, 2017
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes acoustic energy and is designed to enhance blood circulation and accelerate the healing process. It improves the regenerative potential rather than further damaging an area that has degenerated because of poor blood flow, tissue injury, overuse or weakness. It is often used to treat plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis non-invasively, with no anesthesia and with minimal risks or side effects.
Coupling gel is applied to the specified treatment area and EPAT pressure waves are released via the applicator. Treatment sessions take about 10 minutes, and generally 3 to 5 treatment sessions are necessary at weekly intervals. Occasionally, patients experience some minor discomfort for a few days following the procedure. Some patients report immediate pain relief and others begin to notice after a few weeks. There is no risk of infection, no scarring, and no downtime.
If you are interested in receiving the EPAT procedure click here or call our office at 615-860-8282 to schedule your appointment today!
Bunions, also called hallux valgus, are a bony bump on the side of the big toe. They are caused by the hallux (the big toe) leaning towards the second toe instead of pointing straight ahead. This leaning throws the bones out of alignment and produces the bunion's "bump". It is a progressive disorder with symptoms usually appearing at later stages – although some people never experience the symptoms!
The main symptoms are pain and redness at the site of the bunion, with burning sensation and numbness possible. The bunion may also cause crowding of the smaller toes, resulting in hammertoes or even a crossover toe. Wearing wider shoes can give the bunion more room and reduce pain. They are caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. It is the foot type that is inherited that makes a person prone to developing a bunion.
Because bunions are progressive, they won't just go away. Sometimes oral anti-inflammatories, icing, and/or a steroid injection may help. Custom orthotics can help slow the progression of the bunion by reducing flexibility in overly-limber feet. In some cases, surgery is needed if conservative options are not relieving the ache. Schedule your appointment with Nashville Podiatry to determine the best course of action for you to reduce your bunion pain by clicking here or calling our office at 615-452-8899!