Acute or chronic heel and foot pain can be difficult to treat because patients spend so much time on their feet during the healingprocess. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jordan Steinberg about using EPAT / Shockwave Therapy for treating foot and ankle conditions.
How Would You Describe Your Podiatry Practice?
Dr. Steinberg: We have a private practice specializing in adult and pediatric foot and ankle care offering all different types of podiatry services to meet the needs of the population.
Sports Medicine is one of the areas that I really like to focus on because I played sports growing up.
I also excel at and really enjoy different types of reconstructive surgery, challenges where other treatments have failed in the past.
Why Have You Incorporated EPAT, Also Known as Shockwave, Into Your Practice?
I think it’s important to keep up with new technology. We always can do the standard treatments that we’ve been doing for the last 30 years for specific conditions.
But to add a new technology that can speed up the process and actually heal better than what we’ve previously been using is important.
Being a doctor it’s important to try to give the patient the best chances at success and to look for newer things to benefit the patients and the population that we’re treating.
Pressure Wave is one of those technologies, it stimulates the body’s own natural repair mechanism, which can lead to a faster way of treating different types of pathologies.
In Your Practice, What are Some of the Conditions or Symptoms You Treat Utilizing EPAT Technology?
One of the main pathologies that we treat with EPAT Therapy is Plantar Fasciitis, and Achilles Tendonitis. We also treat any type of tendon, muscle, or ligament pathology of the foot or lower leg.
What are Some Conditions Successfully Addressed by EPAT Where Maybe Other Methods Have Failed?
Two of the best pathologies I’ve seen from my personal experience with EPAT treatments are Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. These two conditions are very common in the population, but are also not the easiest conditions to treat, due to the fact that patients are always on their feet and always on the go.
It’s very hard to treat something that’s being aggravated on a constant basis by walking and normal everyday activities.
I’ve seen very good results with EPAT/Shockwave in acute and chronic cases and have seen patients respond around the 80% to 90% mark for certain types of pathologies.
EPAT technology comes into play a lot of times when other different types of conservative treatments have failed. In our practice, we always usually start with the basics, because that’s usually the easiest way to treat the condition.
When a patient is not responding well, or not responding quickly enough to some of the conservative treatments, we have seen outstanding results with EPAT.
Why is EPAT so Effective?
When a patient has a condition for a long period of time, I always say that the body or the area gets stale, where the body’s not really trying to fix it, but the patient is still experiencing pain and problems with the area.
The great part about EPAT treatment is that it causes the body to start working at the area again. It turns a stale area into an active area where most of the modalities are not able to achieve this.
Who is a Candidate for the Treatment?
Patients that are candidates for treatments include:
- Patients in acute pain
- Those experiencing chronic pain
- Any type of muscle, tendon or ligament pathology
How Fast Does EPAT Work?
For a patient, sometimes plantar fasciitis can last for several months, if not more than a year.
EPAT is one of those modalities that can fast track a patient through the healing process.
Why Should Someone Suffering from Foot, Heel or Ankle Pain, Consider EPAT / Shockwave as a Treatment Option?
I think that the EPAT technology can benefit a lot of patients for several reasons:
- It can be a very quick fix for a problem that could be more of a chronic pathology
- It is good for patients that have exhausted all other treatments and are headed either towards surgery or other different routes that are more invasive
- Since EPAT is noninvasive it can really have a major effect on the healing process
- A lot of people like a more natural approach to healing versus multiple injections and other different types of anti-inflammatory medications, and EPAT is more of a natural approach which many patients look for
How Can Someone Get More Information on EPAT Therapy or Your Practice?
Dr. Steinberg: There are several ways to contact my practice. You can visit our Florham Park Podiatry website at FlorhamParkPodiatry.com, where we have a whole section on Pressure Wave technology.
You can also call us 973-922-0464.