Podiatrist Blog

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
June 12, 2018
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: laser treatment  

Toenail FungusPatients who use public showers or pools often experience a foot condition called toenail fungus. It is an infection caused by fungi living in and around the nail. Cases of toenail fungus can be successfully treated by a foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

Toenail Fungus Effects
If you notice that your toenails have taken on a yellow or brownish color and are thick, chipped, and flaky, this is one of the clearest signs of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can also make your toes emit an unpleasant smell. If you notice a strange odor on your socks or inside of your shoes, this may be the presence of a fungus infection. In extreme cases, the nail can detach from the nail bed, presenting a new risk to your foot health, so this is not a problem you should ignore.

Traditional Treatments
The traditional way of curing toenail fungus is to apply an antifungal medicine, such as a cream or special nail polish. This method sometimes works, but sometimes it takes a long while to see the positive effects. It can also be messy and difficult for patients to remember to apply the medicine regularly. Oral antifungal medication can also help but may come with undesirable side effects.

Benefits of Laser Treatment
Today the preferred method of curing toenail fungus cases is to use lasers. During a laser treatment, your Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor applies laser heat through a special wand that eliminates the fungus and stops the infection. Healthy nail tissue begins to grow over the next few weeks. Lasers are pain-free and provide fast results and relief. The fungus could be neutralized after just one short appointment.

Take Care of Your Toes
Your toenails provide your feet with much-needed protection, so it is important that you take good care of them. Contact a Carmel and Indianapolis, IN foot doctor to get treatment for toenail fungus using a laser procedure. Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office today to schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry.

By Prestige Podiatry
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if that aching big toe could be the result of a bunion?bunions

A bunion is a common foot deformity that most often affects the joint at the base of your big toe, causing the joint to stick out. You may notice that suddenly your shoes fit a little too snugly around the area or that wearing shoes now causes you pain. If this is happening to you, our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, has the answers.

New foot pain should never go ignored. While you won’t want to rush into our office the minute you experience pain, if you are encountering these issues then you will want to come in and find out if a bunion could be to blame:

  • A visible bump at the base of the big toe
  • Any redness, swelling, or tenderness at or surrounding the joint
  • Severe or persistent pain
  • Pain when walking or wearing shoes

While a bunion is progressive, meaning that it can continue to get worse over time, there are simple measures that our Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist can help you incorporate into your daily life to make sure that your bunion doesn’t get worse and to keep pain and swelling to a minimum.

Some of these measures include:

  • Rest
  • Splinting or bracing the bunion
  • Applying a bunion pad to the area
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes (and avoiding high heels or shoes with pointy toes)
  • Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) into your shoes

While the only way to correct a bunion is with surgery, this is rarely needed unless someone is dealing with severe pain that makes it difficult to walk or impacts their quality of life. Our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor is by your side to provide you with the pain-relieving care and treatment options you need to reduce symptoms.

Prestige Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are concerned that your recent foot pain might be due to a bunion then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Prestige Podiatry
May 24, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Find out when surgery is the best choice for improving your foot and ankle health.

When someone is dealing with a foot or ankle issue, in most cases the problem can be handled with a combination of at-home care and foot and ankle surgerythe in-office treatments our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola has to offer; however, there are some conditions and issues that don’t respond well to anything other than surgery. While surgery is usually the last resort, there are times when it truly is the best way to get you feeling your best.

Our feet and ankles are particularly prone to injury and once you think about how often we use our feet you’ll quickly realize why foot and ankle injuries are so common. Everything from an awkward step off the curb to certain athletic endeavors can increase your chances for foot and ankle problems. If you are dealing with pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, bruising or limited mobility it’s important that you have a foot doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis who can provide a proper diagnosis and customized treatment plan.

One telltale sign that foot and/or ankle surgery might be the best treatment option is if you are dealing with chronic pain that doesn’t respond to at-home care, lifestyle modifications and the treatments we’ve offered. While most pain can be managed without turning to surgery, there are certain situations in which the pain is constant and affects a person’s quality of life. This is when surgery is the best solution.

Other conditions that might benefit from surgery include:

Arthritis: Arthritis can affect joints anywhere in the body and if it targets your ankles you’ll find that moving around isn’t nearly as easy as it used to be. Arthritis of the ankle can lead to pain, inflammation, stiffness, limited mobility and the inability to bear weight on the ankle without pain. Ankle arthroscopy can be performed to remove damaged tissue and improve movement. Other times, ankle replacement surgery is required if the arthritis is more aggressive.

Bursitis: There are fluid-filled sacs within the feet that are known as bursae. When the bursas become inflamed this causes bursitis. Even though surgery for bursitis is rare, if the problem leads to severe or chronic heel pain, then surgery may be the best option for removing the inflamed bursae.

Bunions and Hammertoe: These foot deformities may require surgery to correct the structure and remove the imbalance if the deformity is large enough or if it affects your ability to walk.

Chronic/severe plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet (known as the plantar fascia). While inflammation can be treated through at-home care, if pain is chronic or affects your quality of life surgery may be the best option for eliminating pain.

Are you dealing with any of the issues above? Do you want to discuss whether surgery is the best treatment option for you? If so, then call the trusted footcare experts at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, today.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
May 23, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: ankle sprain  

A sprained ankle can be a serious nuisance and painful condition. However, understanding the signs of a sprain and knowing what you ankle spraincan do to help your body heal quickly can be the key to overcoming a sprain and getting back on your feet. Find out more about sprained ankles and how your podiatrist can help you with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

What is a sprain? 
A sprain occurs when the ligaments surrounding a joint become damaged or overstretched, often due to a traumatic event like rolling the ankle. Though sprains often present similar symptoms as a broken bone, a break affects only the bone while a sprain only affects the soft tissues.

Is my ankle sprained? 
A sprained ankle produces symptoms like pain, swelling, and bruising focused on the soft tissues around the affected joint. A sprain may allow you to place some pressure on the foot, but a break will not allow you to place any pressure on the foot. Additionally, if your ankle is broken, you will find the pain is concentrated over the ankle joint itself rather than the soft tissues surrounding it.

Diagnosing a Sprained Ankle
If you think that you have a sprained ankle, your podiatrist can help you rule out a broken bone and find the best treatment for you. Though sprains are sometimes obvious from a visual examination, your doctor will use an x-ray to ensure that your bones remain intact and unharmed. If your podiatrist determines that you have a broken bone, you will probably require a cast. However, a sprain requires a less invasive method of treatment.

Sprained Ankle Treatments in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN 
Treating a sprain often begins with the RICE method: resting and icing the foot to help with pain and swelling, using a bandage to compress the foot to help reduce swelling, and elevating the foot over the heart. This method has proven successful in treating sprains and often requires several weeks of using crutches. More severe or frequent sprains may require physical therapy, prescription medication, injection therapy, or even surgery.

For more information on sprained ankles or how your podiatrist can help with a diagnosis and treatment options, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 846-4111 to schedule your appointment at the Carmel location and (317) 881-0070 to schedule your appointment at the Indianapolis location today!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
April 19, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

If your toenails have significantly changed in appearance, shape, texture, or smell over the past few weeks or months, they could be toenail fungusaffected by toenail fungus. One of the latest treatment options available for patients who have chronic cases of toenail fungus is laser therapy. This non-invasive, highly effective solution is available from a foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in the Greenwood, Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, area.

Toenail Fungus Symptoms
When healthy, a toenail is flesh-colored, smooth, hard, and firmly attached to the nail bed. Here are a few symptoms of what may be a toenail fungus problem:

  • Yellow, brown, green, or chalky white nail color.
  • Toenails become thick, brittle, and flake or shed.
  • And unbearable itching sensation around and beneath the nail.
  • An unusual odor that you can smell in your socks or shoes.
  • In advanced cases, the nail starts to lift from the nail bed.

Treatment Options
In some cases, patients can get rid of the fungus by using topical creams or sprays. But some patients have chronic cases that either persist for long periods of time or come back soon after the toes are treated. A foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in the Greenwood, Carmel, and Indianapolis area can treat stubborn cases more effectively with laser toenail fungal treatment. The laser sends a beam of light energy to the nail, eliminating the fungus. Healthy nails begin to grow, replacing the infected parts.

Keeping Your Toenails Healthy
Toenail fungus grows due to certain repeated behaviors and activities. These are a few ways you can avoid having a problem with toenail fungus in the future:

  • Wear flip-flops when you walk poolside and dry your feet as well as your body before you relax in the sun. Be sure to shower, rinse, and dry your feet completely after pool-time.
  • Do not use publish showers without wearing protective footwear.
  • Spray the inside of your shoes and sneakers with your anti-fungal spray.

Get Help Treating Your Toenails
If you’ve tried at-home therapies to get rid of toenail fungus and nothing is working, get help from a foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in the Greenwood, Carmel, or Indianapolis, IN, area. Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office to set a date to see Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.





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