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By DM Foot and Ankle Associates
December 18, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

Here at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we are continually striving to improve patient care by investing in advanced medical equipment. After much research, we are excited to announce our newest service, the EPAT.

The EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology. EPAT is an innovative, non-invasive way to treat pain.

How does it work?

EPAT uses pressure waves that stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.

What is the EPAT used to treat?    

· Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)

· Achilles tendinitis

· Tendinitis in the foot or ankle

· Any ligament/tendon pain that is not  responding to conventional treatment methods

What to expect:

Treatment sessions will take about 5-10 minutes depending on the area being treated. Treatments are performed at our office and do not require anesthesia.

Most patients will require between 3 to 5 sessions.

Some patients report immediate pain relief after the first treatment. Maximal effects can take about 4 weeks or longer. Over 80% of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have a significant reduction in pain.

Is it safe?

EPAT is technology that has been cleared by the FDA and is currently being used around the world. Extensive clinical studies and tests have confirmed both its safety and efficacy. The EPAT treatment comes with virtually no risks or side effects.

Why consider EPAT?

EPAT success rate is equal to or greater than traditional treatment methods, including surgery. This treatment option leaves out the risks, complications, and lengthy recovery time of surgery.

 

Is this treatment something you could benefit from or do you have further questions regarding EPAT? Let’s get rid of your pain and get you back to doing the things you love, consult with your DMFA physician today! We are now proudly serving you out of two locations, Lemont and Orland Park. If you live in these towns or in nearby Lockport, Homer Glen, Burr Ridge, or Palos Heights, call (630) 863-7517 to schedule an appointment with us today!

 

By Dr. Kim
November 26, 2014
Category: Running

 

If you’re looking for a great way to run off that turkey dinner tomorrow, search no further! It has become a tradition for many cities around the United States to host marathons or “turkey trots” around Thanksgiving. At DM Foot & Ankle, we are big fans of these marathons, as well as our marathon runners!  We advise all runners to take precautionary measures to ensure a good run and to avoid injury!

 

A few of the most common problems that we see with runners at DM Foot & Ankle are things such as Athlete's Foot, which is the most common fungal infection in the world. We also see Corns and Calluses, which are the thickening of skin in areas on your feet as a result of pressure. Another common problem is Achilles Tendinitis, when the tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot.Those who run for long periods of time on hard surfaces, such as concrete, sometimes have Shin Splints, which is pain in the shin and lower leg. We also see people with pain in the heel and arch that is called Plantar Fasciitis, that is caused by inflammation along the ligament on the bottom of the foot.

Most of the problems above can be avoided by proper foot care, hygiene, and by wearing the right running shoes. Proper shoe gear can help to ease the discomfort or avoid the problem altogether. So, here are a few tips on shoe gear from Dr. Emini and I!

Tips for Running Shoes

        - Buy two pairs of running shoes and rotate them on a daily basis

        - Replace your shoes every 400 miles or 1 to 2 times a year

        - Buy shoes designed for your foot structure & activity type

        - Make sure to use clean socks & keep your feet dry

        - A stability running shoe works for most foot types

        - Custom orthotics can help those with the above pains

Dr. Emini and I, along with the staff here at DM Foot & Ankle, want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with lots of laughs and turkey!  We also want to wish good luck to all of the marathon runners! If you want more information about running and your feet, be sure to check out our Pinterest - Running Board for shoe tips, motivation and more!

 

                         Some marathons happening this weekend around the Chicagoland area:

                                                               

                                              Grant Park Turkey Trot 5k                             Edison Park Turkey Trot

                                              Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago                  Orland Park Turkey Trot

                                              North Shore Turkey Trot 5k & 10k                 Rotary Run 3.14 Pie

                                              Bonfield Express 5k                                        Evanston Flying Turkey 5k

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!