RPT: The Pain Medication Alternative for Achy Feet or Ankles

You may be shocked to learn that noninvasive shockwave therapy could end your foot pain for good. 

Whether you suffer from chronic foot pain — such as plantar fasciitis — or are trying to heal an acute injury, a type of shockwave therapy called radial pulse therapy (RPT) jump-starts your body’s natural healing processes to eliminate the source of soft-tissue pain. 

You can use RPT to heal:

At FootCare Specialists, Inc. — with locations in San Mateo and Half Moon Bay, California — our expert podiatrist David J. Kaplan, DPM, heals the source of your foot pain with the state-of-the-art, cutting-edge Zimmer enPulsPro RPT System. 

Here’s how RPT can give your feet relief.

Why RPT is so effective

The enPulsPro treatment is like a deep-tissue massage that goes farther into your soft tissues and is more precise than massage could ever be. The innovative, hand-held device translates kinetic energy into mechanical, impact energy that goes straight to the source of your pain.

When Dr. Kaplan holds the RPT device against your injured tissue, it sends radial pulses of energy deep into your targeted tissues. The energy breaks up scar tissue and adhesions. It also increases circulation in the area, which stimulates healing and tissue rebuilding. 

In other words, the RPT jump-starts your body’s own healing process. By breaking up and rebuilding injured tissue, the treatment also takes pressure off nerves that may be impinged by swollen or inflamed tissues.

RPT is fast and comfy

Unlike surgery and other treatments, nonsurgical, noninvasive RPT is both fast and comfortable. Zimmer’s technology even improves on earlier versions of RPT. The enPulsPro has a longer pulse rise time, which eliminates high-peak pressure amplitudes that can be painful for patients.

Instead, enPulsPro has more gradual rises and lower peaks. This reduces stinging or painful sensations that patients sometimes experience with other types of shockwave therapies. Our RPT is comfortable. 

The Zimmer RPT device features a larger-than-average platform from which to deliver energy. This spreads out the energy over a wider area for increased comfort.

Each treatment only takes about 10 minutes. That means you can easily schedule your pain relief, even in the middle of a busy day. You may start to feel pain relief after your first treatment, but Dr. Kaplan usually recommends weekly or biweekly sessions for a total of 5-6 treatments.

RPT has no recovery time

In contrast to surgery, RPT has absolutely no recovery time. Once your treatment is over, you’re free to return to your normal activities. 

Depending on the type and extent of your injury or pain, Dr. Kaplan may recommend physical therapy or other treatments to accelerate healing and support your foot or ankle as it regains pain-free function. 

Banish your foot pain with RPT today by calling us at our San Mateo or Half Moon Bay location. Or request an appointment with our convenient online form.

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