Hospital and Surgery Centers Associated with Seaside Foot & Ankle include the following:
We utilize a variety of diagnostics that direct the treatments we recommend. Our doctors use a combination of biomechanical and gait analysis, CT scan, EMG, MRI, Vascular Testing, and X-Ray to diagnose conditions.
Our highly trained physicians then offer a wide variety of non-surgical treatments in our clinics that can effectively address most common foot ailments. Some of these treatments we employ include:
Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology
Extracorporeal pulse activation technology or EPAT® is an innovative, non-invasive treatment option for conditions such as plantar fasciitis or tendonitis. Unique pressure waves are sent into the affected area in order to increase healing by stimulating metabolism and increasing blood circulation. This allows damaged tissues to slowly regenerate and often only requires a few treatments at weekly intervals. Some of the benefits of EPAT® are:
• No anesthesia required
• No risk of infection
• No scarring
• No downtime
• Over 80% patient satisfaction
• Faster, easier healing
What are some common conditions that can be treated by EPAT®?
Acute or chronic soft tissue conditions such as:
• Plantar fasciitis
• Achilles pain
• Tendon substance or insertion pain
• Trigger points
Is it safe?
Yes. This FDA-approved treatment has virtually no side-effects. Sometimes patients may experience some minor pain for a few days after treatment, but patient’s can immediately walk after treatment, usually pain free.
How long are treatments and how many treatments will I need?
Sessions last between 5-10 minutes depending on the disorder. A patient usually undergoes around 3 treatments at weekly intervals.
What if I have a pre-existing condition?
The safety and efficacy of the EPAT® procedure has not been determined in people with conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, also known as a blood clot, or cancer. Your physician at Seaside Foot and Ankle can provide you with information regarding the safety of the EPAT® procedure in the setting of other health conditions.
Why should I choose EPAT®?
EPAT® has a success rate that is equal to or higher than other more invasive treatments such as surgery. It is a healthy alternative to surgical treatment and has the benefit of being performed in the physician's clinic, without anesthesia, and in a minimal amount of time. Patient’s can immediately walk after the procedure, return to normal activities within 24-48 hours, and resume strenuous activities in about 4 weeks.
Our physicians at Seaside Foot and Ankle are pleased to be able to offer this treatment option. For questions regarding the EPAT® procedure, please call Seaside Foot and Ankle or schedule an appointment online.
When every step is painful, and you can’t enjoy strenuous activities without foot agony, it’s time to consider orthotics and custom braces. Our physicians at Seaside Foot & Ankle precisely analyze your feet and produce customized casts to develop orthotics and braces that precisely fit your feet and meet your needs. They provide all devices for everyone, from babies to retired adults, so call Seaside Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online.
What are custom orthotics?
Orthotics are devices worn within shoes designed with the purpose of improving function or relieving pain by realigning bone structure, offloading painful regions of the feet, and altering the mechanics of the foot. Over the counter orthotics are available online or at your local pharmacy, which may provide some relief of symptoms, but a prescription orthotic will provide even more therapeutic effect because it is tailored to fit the unique characteristics of each patient’s feet. Besides relieving pain and improving function, custom orthotics can also serve to decrease swelling, prevent further foot damage, and provide stability. By eliminating some of pain that interferes with performance, custom orthotics can also help to improve athletic ability.
What foot conditions are treated with custom orthotics?
A few common conditions treated with custom orthotics include:
• Plantar fasciitis
• Club foot
• Achilles tendonitis
• Diabetic ulcers
• Chronic ankle instability
What are the types of custom orthotics?
Types of custom orthotics include functional, accommodative, or combined. Functional orthotics are designed with the purpose of improving the patient’s function by altering mechanics, providing stability, and controlling motion. Accommodative orthotics are designed to cushion the foot and re-distribute weight in order to offload areas of increased pressure. Combined custom orthotics address both functional and accommodative problems.
How are custom orthotics made?
A mold of the foot is taken in the office, which is sent off to a lab for production. Your foot and ankle Physician at Seaside Foot and Ankle will provide specifications on how the orthotic is made at the lab based on each patient’s specific needs. Within a few weeks, the orthotics will arrive at the clinic, where the patient will have them fitted to their shoes and evaluated for appropriate fit and comfort.
For an evaluation of your feet to see if you would benefit from custom orthotics, please call Seaside Foot and Ankle or schedule an appointment online.