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EPAT and Plantar Fasciitis

This year, we have a new series showcasing how our newest tool, EPAT, can help you with your injury, pain and recovery. This week, Dr. Kelsey Lynch will demonstrate how we utilise this tool to assist us in reducing pain related to Plantar Fasciitis. It is one of the most common injuries we treat with the EPAT system and we wouldn't be surprised if you have suffered from this yourself. The most common symptom of which is pain on the bottom of your heel. Read on to find out what a typical Plantar Fasciitis session might look like for you. What is EPAT again? You may remember from our blog last month (HERE) but to reiterate, EPAT is a non-invasive therapy which has gained popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. It is proven to help a variety of conditions and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, both acute and chronic. There is an ever growing field of evidence and use applications not only in the field of Orthopedics, but also Aesthetics, Urology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Neurology and Veterinary Medicine. 

What does a typical Plantar Fasciitis EPAT treatment look like? Studies show that patients see a 90% reduction in pain from this treatment. We have also seen great results and received positive feedback from our clients. In the video below Kelsey will demonstrate what a typical session would look like. It includes using a vibrating head to prepare your tissue to receive the treatment. Once complete treatment begins applying a broad head on the entire foot or on the pain point. We keep discomfort to a minimum, applying as much as you are comfortable with.

What else will we do to treat your Plantar Fasciitis Kelsey shows us additional exercises that we will do in the clinic to help with your pain. Read on for instructions: 1) Big Toe Stretch Using the corner of a wall, place your big toe against one edge of the corner wall and the remaining toes on the outside edge of the corner wall. Bring your heel close to the wall. Place your foot flat on the ground and bend your knee as close to the wall as possible

2) Fire Hydrant This is a glute strengthening exercise. The reason we are strengthening your glutes is because they are completely interconnected with your feet. Using a resistance band around both knees. Stand on one foot with your knee and hips slightly bent. Try to grip the floor with your foot. With your other leg lifted off the floor you will need to open and close your knees. Don't forget to keep your planted leg as stable as possible. With a 90% reduction in pain reported by patients, EPAT has become a preferred treatment option for us. Especially when treating Plantar Fasciitis. In addition to EPAT, incorporating exercises such as the Big Toe Stretch and Fire Hydrant will further alleviate Plantar Fasciitis pain. Watch the video for Kelsey's demonstration:

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