EPAT® therapy and stem cell injections are two of the cutting-edge treatment options available at Kinetic Foot and Ankle Clinic in Aurora, Colorado. Experienced foot and ankle surgeon Marc House, DPM, uses EPAT and stem cell therapies to ease the pain and aid healing in patients with chronic heel pain caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Make an appointment to see Dr. House by calling the clinic today or booking an appointment online.
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment and is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for patients with ligament and tendon problems. EPAT uses shockwaves to trigger the body’s natural healing responses in injured and inflamed tissues, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels and creating extra healing cells for tissue repair.
EPAT also helps to reduce pain by over-stimulating the nerves that transmit pain signals back to the central nervous system. EPAT treatments take around 10 minutes per session, and patients typically receive three treatments at weekly intervals.
Stem cells are special non-specific cells that are able to change into other, specialized forms such as liver, kidney, and brain cells. Stem cells are harvested from a patient’s bone marrow or fatty tissues, or donated from other sources such as umbilical cord blood. When injected into injured or inflamed tissues, stem cells activate the body’s repair mechanisms, promoting healing and tissue regeneration.
Soft tissue injuries show good results following EPAT and stem cell treatments, and they can be used to aid healing in:
Dr. House has specialized expertise in using EPAT therapy and stem cell injections to treat patients with plantar fasciitis and peroneal tendonitis.
Both treatments have passed rigorous trials and extensive safety tests, and there’s no evidence that they’ve caused any serious side effects in patients who’ve had treatment.
Both EPAT therapy and stem cell injections offer effective alternatives to surgery, avoiding the possible risks associated with invasive procedures. Dr. House recommends that you stay away from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for two weeks before treatment and six weeks after, to ensure you achieve the optimal results.
Both procedures cause minimal discomfort, with many patients reporting that they felt no unpleasant sensations at all. As they are both minimally invasive procedures, you should be able to carry on with your day as normal afterward.
If you’re experiencing any form of foot or ankle pain or lack of function, Dr. House offers expert diagnosis and the most effective and safest treatment options. To make an appointment with Dr. House, call Kinetic Foot and Ankle Clinic today, or make an online booking.