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1680 Chambers Street Suite 201
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 683-3351


4480 Highway 101, Suite G

Florence, OR 97439

(541) 997-2319

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Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment 

...for any soft tissue injury as well as non union fractures.

Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems presenting in our office.  It is often attributed to plantar fasciitis. While most heel pain is responsive to conservative therapy including orthotics, strapping, physical therapy, NSAIDS, corticosteroid injections and rest, 10% of patients remain with pain. These patients are faced with the choice of having surgery or living with pain.

An alternative to surgery includes Shockwave Therapy, which does come with high success rates.  But until now, this method has been costly and requires anesthesia.  A new technology called EPAT, or Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment, can be done in our office and is inexpensive and uses the same technology.

What is EPAT?
Extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT®) is the most advanced and highly effective noninvasive treatment method approved by the FDA to treat acute or chronic muscle and tendon pain by stimulating blood circulation and accelerating the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals. Patients with heel pain (plantar fasciitis) or other tendon pain like Achilles tendonitis can benefit from this treatment.

How is EPAT performed?
During the EPAT procedure, the doctor will apply gel to the targeted area and then move the device applicator in circular motions over the area. The applicator delivers pressure waves into the painful area, which gradually regenerate the damaged tissue.

How long does this treatment take?
EPAT treatment sessions last about 10-15 minutes. Most patients require three sessions performed at weekly intervals in order to achieve their desired results.

What are the results of this EPAT?
After EPAT, some patients may experience immediate pain relief, while for others it may take up to four weeks before significant relief is felt.  Over 80 percent of patients treated report to be pain free and/or have significant pain reduction.

Is it safe?
Yes. This FDA approved technology was developed in Europe and is currently used around the globe. A wealth of medical experience, state-of-the-art engineering and optimal quality have been built into each EPAT device, and extensive studies and tests have confirmed its safety and efficacy.

Is EPAT covered by insurance?
In most cases, EPAT is not covered by insurance, although some patients may be able to use their employer's Flexible Payment Medical Savings Account to cover this treatment.

Benefits of EPAT: 

  • Patients are immediately fully weight bearing.
  • No incision - No risk of infection at the treatment site - No scar tissue formation.
  • Patients are able to return to work/normal activities with 24-48 hours, resuming strenuous activities after 4 weeks.
  • Patients evaluated for success at 12 weeks.
  • Over 80% successful outcomes (published data-Long-term pain relief)
  • Non-invasive so biomechanics are not affected - future treatment options are not limited.
  • Cost effective.
  • Reduced conservative care-ends the cycle-Reduced after care and complication costs.
  • Reduced cost from lost work.
  • Fast, safe and effective.
  • Does not require anesthesia.
Patient Testimonials:
From patient LB:
I highly recommend Dr. McCourt. I had to stop running and Crossfit because of Achilles tendonitis and Plantar facitis. I've never had anyone like Dr. McCourt work so diligently to get me back to my running. He had me try the EPAT machine. By the fourth treatment I was able to start running and I am also slowly getting back to Crossfit. I just had my 12 week check and have had no pain in my foot. Thank you Dr. McCourt I am training to run The Eugene Half marathon! If I could give him and his office 10 stars I would!
From patient RM:
Dr McCourt's knowledge, compassion and humor is outstanding! It is so difficult to remember that when recovering from an injury it takes time. When you're in pain, patience doesn't come easy. I have so appreciated the kindness and patience shown by Dr. McCourt and the entire staff. I tried to self treat my foot (PF) for several months and reached a point where I could not walk without pain. It was taking over my life. I came to the Foot and Ankle center and I did feel some pain relief following the ice, stretch, night splint, shoe insert and injection routine, but ultimately I was still in pain. I started EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment) just over three weeks ago and the pain is significantly improved. I am no longer getting out of bed and feeling the sharp stab of pain in the foot. I am not at all embarrassed to say that at its worst I would just crawl if I had to get up at night to use the restroom. It was easier than trying to walk. If you have personally experienced PF you will understand this. It is still healing but the pain is now more of an ache than that horrible pain and the ache gets a little better every day. I am so grateful to have access to this kind of technology and beyond excited to feel like myself again.

Questions or Comments?
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1680 Chambers Street
Eugene, OR 97402
Fax (541) 683-6440

4480 Highway 101 Suite G,
Florence OR 97439

Eugene,  Cottage Grove, Florence, OR Podiatrists
Eugene Foot and Ankle Health Center, 1680 Chambers Street, Eugene OR, 97402 541-683-3351