Relieve Foot Pain With Noninvasive Radial Pulse Therapy

Not all foot pain is created equal. However, if a soft tissue injury is to blame for your symptoms, radial pulse therapy (RPT) could help.

At FootCare Specialists, Inc. in San Mateo and Half Moon Bay, California, Dr. David J. Kaplan provides innovative solutions for numerous acute and chronic foot conditions. He’s also a highly respected podiatric surgeon who lectures nationally on physics and laser surgery.

Here’s how Dr. Kaplan uses RPT as a non-invasive treatment for foot and ankle pain.

Radial pulse therapy basics

RPT harnesses pulses of energy, or shockwaves, to trigger the natural healing process in your body. 

Dr. Kaplan uses the FDA-cleared Zimmer enPulsPro RPT System to send pulses of energy directly to the soft tissue causing your pain. This process breaks up scar tissue and stimulates blood flow to your injury, helping to activate the healing process.

As damaged tissue breaks down and healthy new cells return to the area, inflammation and pain diminish. Think of it like a deep tissue massage, but far more targeted. 

Foot pain conditions that respond to RPT therapy include:

RPT can also help with overuse or repetitive stress conditions and sports injuries, so you can get back on your feet faster.

What to expect during RPT therapy

RPT treatments offer numerous benefits. Not only is it completely noninvasive, but it’s also quick and drug-free.

Dr. Kaplan performs RPT sessions during a simple office visit, and treatment only takes about 10 minutes. And, unlike other shockwave therapy systems, the Zimmer RPT device uses varying amounts of energy and depths of penetration spread out over a larger area, which makes it far more comfortable. 

During your treatment, Dr. Kaplan customizes the Zimmer RPT system settings to your specific treatment area and injury. Then, he moves the handheld applicator over the site. Depending on the part of your foot or ankle receiving treatment and your existing symptoms, you could have minor discomfort. However, most people compare RPT therapy to a deep tissue massage, and it’s well-tolerated.

After your RPT treatment, you can resume normal activity immediately. In fact, engaging in the exercise can help the tissue remodeling process. Dr. Kaplan can provide personalized recommendations on which activities are beneficial for your treatment based on your foot or ankle pain.

In most cases, people experience pain relief after a single RPT treatment. But, results become more prominent after two or three. Because of this, Dr. Kaplan often recommends a series of three to five treatments every four to seven days for maximum pain relief.

Do you have foot or ankle pain? Contact one of our convenient FootCare Specialist, Inc. in San Mateo and Half Moon Bay to schedule a consultation today.

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