Are you tired of finding new ways to manage your pain? Surgery isn’t your only option. Shockwave therapy may be the solution you’re seeking for your foot and ankle injuries and pain. If you’re unfamiliar with this FDA-cleared therapy, we’re here to give you more details. Shockwave therapy is also known as Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy or EPAT. We recommend this option to our patients because it is safe, effective and has minimal down time.


The doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates consider and present their patients with all available treatment options. Surgery is the last resort as with it comes downtime and interruptions to day-to-day activities. Below is a brief explanation of the EPAT process:

  1. Apply gel

The doctor applies gel to the treatment area, which could be your heel, your Achilles tendon or ankle ligaments. The gel helps to transmit the waves and increase the effectiveness of the therapy.

  1. Release the waves

Applicator is used to releases the EPAT sound waves and is moved systematically, in a circular motion, about the targeted treatment area.

  1. Begin the regenerating

As the waves are released through the applicator, the healing process begins. The waves cause increase in blood flow and gradually, damaged tissue begins to regenerate.

  1. Back to business

On average, each session lasts 20-25 minutes. Time may vary with each patient. Once finished, there is no downtime. Patients can enjoy the benefits of a non-invasive procedure and return to normal activities.

EPAT or Shockwave Therapy is used around the world. This form of therapy can help reduce how much time it takes to recover and eliminates the complications that can come with traditional forms of surgery. If you are tired of managing your pain from conditions like ankle sprains, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, and even shin splints, contact us today. We’re here to help patients find safe, fast, and effective ways to return to regular activities.

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuriespediatric foot carebunionshammertoesheel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.