Podiatrist Blog

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.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Discover some of the best ways to keep your bunion symptoms under control.bunions

You might be surprised to find that many people deal with bunions, a foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. While some people can go about their lives without experiencing any pain or discomfort from their bunion, there are others that have to deal with daily pain. Our Carmel, Greenwood, and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, is here to tell you the many ways in which you can alleviate and even prevent bunion problems from affecting you.

Your Shoes Matter

It should go without saying that what you put on your feet can affect the health of your feet. If you wear high heels, shoes with pointed toes, or shoes that put pressure on your toes or bunch them up then you better believe that these shoes are the cause of your bunion pain. You need to opt for shoes with either a low heel or no heel at all. Look for shoes that fit properly, offer an ideal width and don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on the bunion.

Lose Weight

If you’re overweight then the excess weight can put a lot of pressure on the joints and bones in your body, particularly in your legs and feet. This can certainly exacerbate your bunion or other foot problems you might have. It’s important that you try to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to shed the pounds, which will greatly improve the health of your feet and reduce your bunion symptoms.

See a Podiatrist

It’s important to know when to throw in the towel and turn to a foot specialist for medical care. While some people can easily manage their bunion symptoms at home, sometimes you need a little extra attention and care to reduce your bunion pain. This is where we come in. If you find that symptoms haven’t improved after a few weeks of at-home care, if your bunion is getting worse or if it is interfering with your daily activities then it’s time to visit us.

Prestige Podiatry offers offices in Carmel, Greenwood, and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are dealing with bunion symptoms that you can’t seem to get under control don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
February 07, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out what might be causing your heel pain and what you can do about it.heel pain

It’s amazing how quickly your whole day comes to a standstill when you are in pain. Heel pain is a common complaint our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola treats, but it’s important that you understand what might be going on and when it’s time to seek professional medical care for your heel pain.

Causes of Heel Pain

There are so many possible causes of heel pain that it’s difficult to pinpoint it without coming in for an evaluation. Of course, the two most common causes are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

These are both inflammatory foot conditions that often come about from overuse. Both are common problems for athletes, particularly runners. If you’ve suddenly increased the intensity or duration of your workout or running regimen and heel pain surfaces not long after, then plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis could be to blame.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Bursitis (inflammation of one or more joints in the foot)
  • Heel spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Bone tumor (rare)
  • Ruptured tendon

When to See a Doctor

While minor pain may leave as quickly as it comes about, it’s important to understand when it’s time to turn to our Indianapolis foot doctor for professional treatment. Sometimes you may be able to get away with treating the problem from the comfort of your own home; however, if you are dealing with severe pain or swelling, if you have difficulty moving the foot, or if you also have weakness, numbness or tingling in the heel then you need to visit us right away.

While not as urgent, you should schedule an appointment with us if your heel pain is persistent and lasts more than a couple of weeks (even with at-home care), or if heel pain lingers even at rest.

Prestige Podiatry offers comprehensive foot care services to the Indianapolis, Carmel and Greenwood, IN, areas. If heel pain is getting to you and you can’t seem to get your symptoms under control then give us a call.

LASER TOENAIL FUNGUS Carmel, Indianapolis, Greenwood High Success Treatment

Prestige Podiatry was one of the first and still only one of the few in Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, Fishers, Center Grove, Noblesville, and Westfield, Indiana/IN that provides laser treatment for toenail fungus.  Our laser is the most proven, high success laser available to treat frustrating toenail fungus.  Topical treatments have very low success rates of less than 10%, oral treatments stress and present a risk to the liver and have about a 50% success rate. The laser has a much higher proven success rate of 88%.  Prestige Podiatry and our podiatrists in Indianapolis, Carmel and surrounding areas can have your nails clear and free of thickness and yellowing soon.  Call today for quick appointments.  Our Indianapolis foot doctor/podiatrist continues to treat all conditions of the foot and ankle including bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, plantar fasciits, warts, ingrown toenails, sports and running related pain and shin splints.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Podiatrist  

Find out when professional podiatric care is necessary for tackling your issues.podiatrist

Most people know that if they have a toothache that they should see their dentist or if they have an infection that they should visit their general practitioner, but not everyone understands when it’s time to visit a foot doctor. Wondering if you should schedule an appointment with our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola? Find out when to give us a call.

Pain

This is one of the most common reasons someone comes in for professional foot care. While more minor pain may not require medical attention (and can often be remedied with at-home care), if you are dealing with pain that gets worse with movement or activity, if pain is severe or if it doesn’t go away after five days of at-home treatment then you need to schedule an appointment with your Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis foot doctor.

Numbness or Tingling

These symptoms could be warning signs of neuropathy, a condition that occurs when there is damage to the peripheral nerves. Neuropathy can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet and this nerve disorder is a common complication of diabetes. Those with neuropathy are more likely to experience injuries or develop ulcers, so it’s important that if you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy that you schedule an appointment right away.

Swelling

While an instance of swelling shouldn’t be an immediate cause for concern, if you are dealing with swelling in the feet pretty regularly then this will need to be addressed right away. The swelling could be due to a variety of conditions such as tendonitis, a fracture or even diabetes.

Bunion Pain

If we’ve diagnosed you with a bunion this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to undergo aggressive treatments or immediately consider surgery. In fact, bunion symptoms can often be managed with simple at-home treatment options and many people won’t even experience symptoms if they continue to care for their feet properly. Of course, if you are dealing with persistent or severe pain then it’s time you took a trip to our office to see if it’s time to correct the deformity.

Prestige Podiatry offers comprehensive foot care services throughout the Indianapolis, Carmel, and Greenwood, IN, areas. If you want to find out what we can do for you then call us today and schedule an appointment.





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