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The Benefits of EPAT® for Heel Pain
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we frequently see Hartford and Middlesex County patients who are frustrated by their inability to get relief from heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. And, they’re not alone. Approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. are affected by this condition. The long muscle that stretches along the bottom of your foot is known as the plantar fascia and it helps maintain the arch of your foot. If the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and starts to pull away from the bone, it can cause extreme pain in the heel. Patients may find relief through stretching, icing the heel and resting from activities that aggravate the plantar fascia. However, these are often temporary or do not substantially reduce discomfort. If this is your situation, it may be time to try shock wave therapy.
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Technology. It is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes unique sets of acoustic pressure waves to activate biologic and angiogenic responses in the body. This produces microcirculatory improvement and helps speed healing and tissue regeneration.
Some of the benefits of EPAT include:
- No downtime
- No anesthesia necessary
- Zero risk of infection
The results are rapid, with some patients reporting immediate relief and 80% showing significant pain reduction or are pain-free after only three treatments.
Is EPAT Right for You?
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. We offer convenient early morning and late appointments to accommodate your busy schedule. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will conduct a thorough podiatric examination of your feet and get a complete medical history to determine if EPAT may provide the relief you’ve been seeking.
Did you know that arthritis is not just one disease but rather a category that covers over 100 different joint disorders? At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that with 33 joints in each of your feet any form of arthritis can prove to be very debilitating. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and we’d like to do our part by educating patients about other conditions that can be associated with arthritis.
Diabetes—if you have diabetes, your risk of developing arthritis is nearly doubled. This hormonal problem can cause musculoskeletal changes that can create joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can affect your feet severely. Left untreated, joint damage can occur.
Obesity—carrying excess weight both increases your risk for getting certain kinds of arthritis and makes arthritic conditions worse. Currently, one in five Americans has arthritis, but among patients diagnosed as obese, that number increases to one in three. Since your feet bear the weight and pressure of your entire body, being overweight greatly increases the pain from arthritis in your lower extremities and also can decrease your mobility.
Heart Disease—all types of arthritis involve inflammation. And some types are actually classified as inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and psoriatic arthritis. Inflammation from any source increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
Depression—patients with arthritis have higher rates of anxiety and depression. Being in pain, losing the ability to do things you could previously do and worrying about the progression of the disease can all have a negative impact on your mental health.
If you’re experiencing any joint stiffness, pain or discomfort, get it checked out promptly at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will want to examine your feet and get a complete medical history. A total body approach will benefit your feet and help you continue to live the active life you enjoy. Contact us today for an appointment.
Are you wondering if what you’re experiencing might be some form of tendinitis? When it comes to Achilles tendinitis, the signs and symptoms can be achingly clear to those who develop this problem. Our Achilles tendon is a band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your calf muscles, stretching along the backside of our legs.
Achilles tendinitis is characterized by three common symptoms:
- Experiencing pain after physical activity, like stair climbing, running, or jumping
- Delayed onset of pain after trying a new activity or increasing the intensity of a previous activity you frequently engaged in
- Feeling an aching pain above the back of your heel and/or up along the back of your leg
These types of symptoms can occur as a result of repetitive injury or overuse of the Achilles tendon. Some folks are more vulnerable to developing Achilles tendinitis than others for various different reasons:
- Frequently running or jogging
- Being obese or out of shape
- Developing fallen arches or flat feet
- Starting an intense exercise regimen too quickly
- Spending most of your week being sedentary, but a day or two being very active
- Aging or being over 30 years of age
- Having a combination of the risk factors previously mentioned
Often, Achilles tendinitis is easily treated at home. In rare cases, Achilles tendinitis becomes severe enough that it might completely rupture, which requires surgical correction. In the event that your Achilles tendinitis bothers you longer than a few weeks or persists even after rest and treatment at home, you’re officially overdue for a visit to the podiatrist. With the help of Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, you can learn about easy ways to treat and prevent Achilles tendinitis. Most importantly, this includes reducing your high impact activities, taking it slow when starting a new exercise regimen, and making sure your shoes are supportive and foot-friendly. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment at one of our 6 locations in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut.
Can you imagine what life would be like if we had to walk on our hands? Structurally, our hands have evolved to hold, grip, and manipulate objects in our external environment. In comparison, our feet have developed to be able to endure bearing the weight of our entire bodies plus what the physics of gravity adds onto it with every movement. There’s a good reason why our hands look so different from our feet!
With so many parts responsible for keeping our feet and ankles in working condition to carry us around, it’s no surprise that one out of every three people has experienced some sort of foot injury, pain, or discomfort throughout their lifetime. What are some of the many reasons why you would benefit from checking in with a foot doctor like Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella?
Family - One of the easiest ways to know if you would benefit from seeing a podiatrist is to take a close look at the feet in your family. Do they have any chronic issues? Flat feet, bunions, or heel pain? Many of these issues can be hereditary and passed on to you. Catch them before they’re an issue!
Recurring Issues - Remember that one time in the 6th grade you developed warts after playing with that toad by the pond? Or maybe in your adult life, you’re finding that stubborn corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, or blisters keep popping up or not easily resolving. Recurring foot problems like these are a podiatrists’ specialty!
Injuries - If you played sports as a kid and broke a toe once or twice, or if you’ve sprained your ankle multiple times, chances are these injuries will impact you into your adult life. Multiple breaks and sprains can lead to the development of arthritis and make you vulnerable to repeating your injury. Strengthen your feet and ankles by seeing a podiatrist!
Shockingly, only about half of those affected will ever seek the care of a trusted podiatry team. Our doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC want to help spread awareness about how important and easy it is to establish care with a podiatrist. Be part of the percentage that gets help before your foot problems worsen. Call us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
Do you wince at the first steps out of bed every morning from excruciating heel pain? You’re likely living with a very common condition called plantar fasciitis. There is a ligament in your foot, the plantar fascia, which connects your heel to your toes and supports your foot’s arch. When the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed or suffers small tears, it can cause great pain in your heel – especially first thing in the morning.
Can I minimize the pain of plantar fasciitis?
Luckily, plantar fasciitis pain can be managed and minimized with some simple stretches that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a great way to start your day! Try these stretches to ease the pain and start the day right:
- First things first, it’s always important to warm up before any exercise – even stretching. Wake your feet up by tracing the alphabet in the air with your toes.
- Next, try to point your toes and flex each of your ankles 10 times.
- Roll both ankles simultaneously in one direction, then the other. Repeat 10 times.
- Pretend that you’re trying to pick up a pen or small object with your foot by crunching your toes towards your sole. Hold for up to 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times with each foot.
- Finally, sit on the edge of your bed and place your heel on the floor. Use your hand to pull your big toe towards you. Hold that for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Repeat this four times on each leg.
Having a nice cushy pair of slippers waiting for you when you first step out of bed can also be a huge help for comfort, as can wearing supportive footwear the rest of the day. If your plantar fasciitis continues to flare up, and ice, rest, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication are not helping, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist.
If you are dealing with painful heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!