How long have you been waiting for your heel pain to go away? If it's been a few weeks and your symptoms haven't improved, it's time to schedule a visit with your Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Here's why you shouldn't ignore your pain as well as several common heel pain causes.
Pain, pain, go away
Our bodies are remarkably resilient. After an injury, they often repair themselves with a little rest. Unfortunately, sometimes problems are too severe to benefit from rest and ice packs. Ignoring your heel pain can increase the chance that your problem will become chronic or may even worsen your condition. For example, if you ignore Achilles tendon pain and follow your normal work and exercise routine, the tendon may eventually tear.
Why do I have heel pain?
If you stepped on a misplaced Lego early one morning, it's probably no surprise that your heel hurts. Although some causes of heel pain are obvious, you may not always be able to link your pain to a particular incident. Heel pain can occur if you have:
- A Fracture: A fracture may be a possibility if you've fallen or been in an accident in the Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis area and are suffering from heel pain. Fractures don't just occur after traumatic events. Stress fractures, small cracks in your bone, can happen if you regularly spend hours on your feet or overdo your athletic training regimen.
- Plantar Fasciitis: When the plantar fascia that joins your toes to your heels becomes inflamed, you'll feel pain in your heel. Your risk of developing the condition rises if you work in an occupation that requires you to stand for long periods of time or if you participate in activities that involve jumping, running or dancing. Plantar fasciitis is more common in people who have gait abnormalities, flat feet or high arches.
- An Inflammation: Retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achilles tendinitis occur when an inflammation develops in the bursa or tendon at the back of your heel.
- Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are actually calcium deposits that tend to grow on the bottom of your heel bone, causing pain every time you take a step. They can occur if you've recently had plantar fasciitis, are a runner or wear shoes that don't fit properly.
Prompt treatment can help you avoid lingering heel problems. Call your Indianapolis, IN, area podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at his Carmel office (317) 846-4111 or Greenwood office (317) 881-0070 to schedule your appointment.
Prestige Podiatry and Dr. Jeff Agricola, podiatist/foot doctor/surgeon, have again received a top ranking from Angie's list with an "A" average, reflecting only the best podiatrists, which has become a mainstay year after year. Our podiatrists/foot doctors serving Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, Fishers, Zionsville, Noblesville, and Center Grove, Indiana/IN have continued to offer the best/top care for all foot and ankle conditions including plantar fasciitis, heel pain, minimal incision bunion and hammertoe surgery, ingrown toenails, running and sports related conditions and pain, and all other foot and ankle conditions. Call our top Indianapolis podiatrists today for same day appointments. We also offer high success laser treatment of unsightly toenails/toenail fungus.
You don’t have to struggle with foot problems that cause pain and discomfort. Foot or ankle surgery can give you long lasting relief. Whether you suffer from something like bunions or arthritis in your ankles, foot and ankle surgery can correct many different types of foot and ankle problems. At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola is your experienced podiatrist, specializing in foot and ankle surgery in Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN.
Types of Foot and Ankle Surgery
When you struggle with foot or ankle problems, walking and other activities can become increasingly difficult. Fortunately, foot or ankle surgery can provide relief for several different foot or ankle problems. Many foot and ankle surgeries are performed and completed in just a few hours and patients can often return home that same day. Following surgery, patients recover at home for several weeks by resting and staying off their feet. In Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, foot and ankle surgery is available for various problems, including:
- Hammer toes
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arthritis of the ankle
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Tibias posterior dysfunction
- Metatarsal problems
- Morton’s neuroma
Foot or ankle surgery can do several things for you. Following surgery, one of the biggest benefits patients notice is the pain and discomfort they once experienced in their feet or ankles is finally gone. Patients also experience improved mobility. Prior to surgery, pain or stiffness due to foot or ankle problems might have made it difficult to stand, walk or move about. Successful foot and ankle surgery can help you move around with greater ease. You’ll feel like your feet and ankles have been given a second chance.
Foot or ankle pain and discomfort can become a thing of the past. With the right foot or ankle surgery, you can finally experience relief from the pain while enjoying improved mobility. For foot and ankle surgery in Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN contact Prestige Podiatry. They can help you schedule an appointment with Dr. Agricola, your experienced foot and ankle surgeon.
Having toenail fungus can make you self-conscious of wearing certain shoes or going barefoot and even become painful and cause further problems over time. In the past, toenail fungus treatments relied on topical and oral medications. However, thanks to advances in medical technology, laser treatment for toenail fungus can be an efficient and fast treatment, especially when used alongside other anti-fungal treatments. Learn more about laser therapy for toenail fungus with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy uses a special wand attached to a machine to emit laser light pulses. The light heats the fungus and kills its cells, leaving the surrounding healthy tissues unharmed. Unlike topical treatments applied to the nail, the light easily penetrates the toenail and reaches down to the nail’s bed and the skin underneath. Traditional treatments can take months before the patient sees results.
What is the laser therapy procedure like?
First, the patient finds a comfortable position on a treatment table. The podiatrist aims the wand’s laser end at the affected toenail and moves it along the nail, maneuvering it over its surface with up and down motions. The procedure is not painful and has no side effects other than slight soreness afterward in some patients. Most laser therapy sessions take only a few minutes, allowing patients to go back to their daily lives after their appointment.
Laser Therapy Treatment for Toenail Fungus in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is often used alongside oral or topical anti-fungal medications. Medicated nail polish and cream are popular choices in treating toenail fungus. In severe cases of toenail fungus, your doctor may suggest removal of the toenail from the nail bed. Dr. Agricola can help you understand these procedures and determine which one is the best for you and your toenails.
For more information on laser therapy for toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Agricola today!
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The procedure is performed in the office in about 5-10 minutes and allows return to all activity the next day. The procedure prevents recurrance of the ingrown nail 98% of the time, and when healed, there is little to no evidence any procedure occurred. Aftercare is minimal and the procedure can be performed on all age groups from children to adults.
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