Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute

Podiatrists & Foot Surgeons located in Clinton Township, MI & Chesterfield, MI

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology® (EPAT) is a state-of-the-art noninvasive treatment that's proven to relieve pain related to musculoskeletal injuries. The skilled podiatric medicine providers at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute offer this evidence-based treatment because medical experts and patients around the world agree that EPAT is a powerful solution for pain, with no downtime at all. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a powerful tool for healing foot injuries like damage to ligaments, cartilage, and bones. The highly skilled podiatric medicine doctors at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute are ready to help you heal. Book your appointment through the online tool or call your nearest office today.

Regenerative Medicine Q&A

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma is plasma from your own blood. Your plasma is made up of many components, and platelets are among the most essential. Your platelets have growth factors that aid in healing and fresh cellular growth. Those growth factors can help regenerate tendons and ligaments, and possibly even heal small fractures.

Your Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute podiatrist takes a small amount of blood from your arm, similar to any standard blood draw. Your blood goes into a centrifuge for about 15 minutes. The centrifuge spins your blood at high speeds to isolate the plasma, and then concentrate it.

Your podiatrist can use PRP therapy in a couple of ways: either as an injected therapy or as a supplement to surgery. In both cases, PRP can help your injury heal faster and more effectively.

What is PRP treatment like?

It depends on why you're having the PRP therapy and whether it's part of a surgery. For injected PRP, your podiatrist may use local anesthesia or a PRP/anesthesia blend to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Your podiatrist may use ultrasound imaging to help them precisely inject the PRP just where you need it the most.

For PRP during surgery, your podiatrist usually adds the PRP after your surgical repair is complete or toward the end of the repair. A PRP infusion into your tendon, ligament, or other tissue helps reinforce your surgical repair and can allow you to recover faster.

How soon will I notice results after PRP therapy?

Every patient is different, and your Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute podiatrist can give you specific information about your particular injury. Many patients notice that they're healing faster and more effectively after just a few weeks, but you may need longer to see results if you have serious foot or ankle damage.

How many PRP therapy treatments will I need?

If you're having PRP therapy as a part of surgery, it may be a one-time treatment. If you're having injected PRP therapy to aid in the healing process, you may get the most benefit from a series of treatments. For example, many patients get maximum results from three PRP treatments, each one spaced 2-3 weeks apart.

Use the online scheduling tool or call now to make your appointment at the Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute location closest to you.

What is EPAT?

EPAT is a type of extracorporeal shock wave therapy. This FDA-cleared pressure wave treatment fights pain by boosting circulation and metabolism to encourage healing and speed up your recovery. 

With EPAT, your body replaces the damaged tissue that's causing your pain with new, healthy tissue over time. This solves the problem at its source and relieves your pain naturally. EPAT treatment often helps chronic and acute pain sufferers avoid surgery.

What kinds of conditions does EPAT treat?

EPAT treats acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, including a wide array of foot and ankle problems like:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel pain
  • Trigger points
  • Neuromas

EPAT is often a component of first-line treatment for acute issues like sports injuries because it complements other treatments to allow for a faster and fuller recovery. This treatment could also be ideal when you're suffering from foot or ankle pain that doesn't respond to other noninvasive treatments. Whether your pain comes from blood flow problems, trauma, overuse, or weakness, EPAT could be a great solution.

How does EPAT treatment work?

Your Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute provider applies conductive gel to the treatment area, which helps intensify EPAT power. Then, they gently move the EPAT applicator in circles over the painful area. This delivers pressure waves directly into your damaged tissue to start the healing process. 

Treatments are painless, so you don’t need anesthesia. Because there are no incisions, EPAT leaves no scarring. Each EPAT treatment session takes only 7-10 minutes. You can resume normal activity immediately after your EPAT sessions at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute. 

How many EPAT treatments do I need?

Most patients need 3-5 EPAT treatment sessions, one week apart. More than 80% of EPAT patients experience significant — or even total — pain relief after this short series of sessions. 

To boost the effectiveness of EPAT even more, your podiatric care providers at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute may recommend supplemental treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. 

If your foot or ankle pain makes it difficult to enjoy life to the fullest, there's no reason to keep suffering. Call the Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute office nearest you, or click the online scheduler to book an EPAT consultation today.


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