Podiatrist Blog

By Prestige Podiatry
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

A bunion won't go away by itself. In fact, this bony prominence at the base of your big toe will worsen unless you seek treatment from your foot doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Agricola uses innovative strategies for this age-old acquired deformity, managing its pain and other symptoms.

Just what is a bunion?

It's a bump that develops at the bottom of the big toe. Unfortunately, it is not only unattractive, but it causes pain in the joint and skin irritation from friction inside your shoe.

Additionally, it changes the structure of the foot as a whole. The larger the bunion is, the more the big toe angles in toward the second and third toes, even crossing over them, impacting the ability to walk comfortably and put on shoes.

Causes and symptoms of bunions

While age plays a role in bunion development, inherited foot structure factors in as well. Add tight, narrow-toed shoes, and bunions begin. Accordingly, older women seem to develop bunions more often and more quickly, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Symptoms of bunions include:

  • An obvious bump
  • Redness and soreness caused by friction
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain when walking

Treating bunions

At Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, your foot doctor will go over your symptoms, examine your foot and take X-rays to determine how your bunion impacts the rest of your foot structure. While some people require a bunionectomy to remove the excess bone and straighten the toe joint, most people do well with more conservative strategies.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Shoe padding to reduce friction inside the shoe
  • Orthotics inside the shoe to correct biomechanical imbalances
  • A change in shoes to ones with low heels and roomy toe boxes
  • Analgesics, such as ibuprofen, for pain and swelling
  • Steroidal injections for any associated bursitis
  • Corn and callus removal

Better walking, better feet

If you suspect you're developing a bunion, please contact Prestige Podiatry for an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Let us help you feel your best and keep your active lifestyle. We have two locations. For Indianapolis, IN, phone us at (317) 881-0070, or in Carmel, call (317) 846-4111.

By Prestige Podiatry
October 21, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Are you having difficulty walking? Painful ingrown toenails are a treatable and very common dilemma. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry is located in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

What is an ingrown toenail?

Sometimes the skin around the nail bed grows over the side of the top edge of the nail. This position can trap the nail, increasing the risk of fungal infection and swelling. A person can be born with a genetic propensity for ingrown toenails, or it may be circumstantial.

Who gets ingrown toenails?

Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but it is more common amongst those who have stubbed their toe, wear tight shoes, keep long toenails, or are in adolescence.

How do you treat them?

  • You may take over the counter medication to temporarily ease the pain. Soaking your feet in warm water with some Epsom Salt may help. This treatment reduces inflammation and softens the skin.
  • Some nails are firmly lodged in the skin. They should not be pried forcefully away from the rest of the toe.
  • If you were successful and separating the nail from the skin and the toenail is long, see if you can safely attempt to cut the nail back. Shorter nails may need a barrier placed between them and the nail bed while they grow out. Congenital and deeper ingrown toenails may require surgery to get relief.
  • Sometimes, bacterial infections afflict the site, necessitating medical attention. If this happens to you, do not hesitate to see your doctor have your toe examined.

Frustrated with your ingrown toenails? The good news is that a specialist can solve your problem relatively fast. Call Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry at Carmel (317) 846-4111 or Indianapolis, IN, at (317) 881-0070 to schedule a consultation today.

By Prestige Podiatry
October 08, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

Your feet and ankles work hard to support the weight of your body -- pain, if left untreated, can make their job so much harder. When your feet struggle to function, you may need surgery to overcome your discomfort. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola offers foot and ankle surgery at Prestige Podiatry located in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

How do I know if I need foot or ankle surgery?

  • You have an accident or an injury that changes the structure of the foot or ankle
  • Being born with a defect that makes it hard to walk
  • Chronic pains in your foot do not go away
  • The pain in your foot increases with use or time
  • Orthotics, medications, and other non-surgical interventions do not work or have stopped working
  • Inability to fit shoes correctly
  • You’ve lost the ability to walk properly

Many common conditions that may require surgery include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel, ankle, and toe spurs
  • Extensive misalignment of the ankle
  • Ankle replacement
  • Torn tendons and ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a painful syndrome that is characterized by erosion of the cartilage in between the bones. Sometimes the erosion is too much, and the bones begin to rub together, causing long-lasting pain. A person in this situation may need surgery.

An outpatient procedure can correct many of these ailments, which means no lengthy hospital stays. After receiving treatment, your doctor will assist you with your therapy plan so that you can regain the full function of your foot. It is important not to rush into high impact activities during your healing process.

If you have attempted to manage your foot pain without success, contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel, IN, at (317) 846-4111 or Indianapolis, IN at (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
October 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Here’s what you can do to banish athlete’s foot on your own.

Fungus lives all around us, particularly in environments that are warm, dark and damp. Therefore, they also find the spaces between toes an appealing place to thrive. This is why it’s so important to wear shoes when you’re in the locker room, gym shower or local pool. If you happen to catch athlete’s foot, it’s not the end of the world. Here’s what you can do to treat it yourself, as well as warning signs that it’s time to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for treatment.

How can I tell that it’s athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot causes a red rash between the toes. This rash may crack or peel. You may also notice soreness, burning or intense itching. While most cases of athlete’s foot develop between toes it may also develop on the heel or soles of the feet.

What can I do to treat athlete’s foot?

Most healthy individuals can treat their fungal infection from the comfort of their own home with over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays that are designed specifically to treat athlete’s foot. Most mild to moderate forms of athlete’s foot will respond effectively to over-the-counter treatments.

Make sure to follow the instructions exactly to ensure that the infection is fully treated and won’t return. Once the fungal infection is gone, it’s important to keep your feet dry and to wear protective shoes or sandals when in community showers and locker rooms.

Once the infection is cleared you may also want to consider sprinkling talcum powder on your feet and in your shoes before putting shoes on. This can help to wick away moisture, which can attract fungus.

When should I turn to a doctor for treatment?

There are certain situations in which it’s best to turn to a doctor for treatment. Seek care from our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor if,

  • You have diabetes and you’ve developed athlete’s foot
  • You have a severe case of athlete’s foot (you may need a stronger, prescription medication)
  • Your athlete’s foot is spreading or getting worse
  • Home care and over-the-counter treatments are not providing you with relief
  • You develop recurring bouts of athlete’s foot

If you are dealing with recurring athlete’s foot or other fungal infections that affect the health of your feet or toenails, then turn to the podiatry experts at Prestige Podiatry. We have offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you. For the Carmel, IN, office, call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.

Find out how to get heel pain under control and when you should see a qualified doctor.

Dealing with heel pain? If so, then you know just how annoying and frustrating this problem can be. It can easily keep you benched from doing a lot of the physical activities you love. If symptoms are persistent or unresponsive to home care our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can help you get back on your feet.

How do you know that you have plantar fasciitis?

Your heel pain may be caused by plantar fasciitis if,

  • Your pain is worse when first standing or getting up in the morning
  • Your pain decreases as you move around or exercise (but will quickly return once you stop)
  • Your pain radiates from the bottom of the heel to the arches of your feet

If you do have plantar fasciitis here are some ways to ease your symptoms,

Home Care

The best thing you can do if you want the inflamed plantar fascia to heal quickly is to rest. This means avoiding any exercises or activities that could exacerbate your symptoms. When seated, elevate your feet to reduce swelling. Other ways to ease symptoms include,

  • Performing gentle foot stretches and exercises
  • Wearing supportive footwear
  • Avoiding high heels, flip flops and other shoes that won’t provide feet with ample support

Seeing a Podiatrist

It’s time to turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor if,

  • The pain isn’t responding to at-home care
  • The pain is severe and you’re unable to get through your normal routine
  • The pain hasn’t improved or has gotten worse, after two weeks of home care
  • You notice numbness, weakness or tingling in the heel
  • You have diabetes

Professional Treatment

It’s particularly important that patients with diabetes or circulation problems see a podiatrist right away if they experience heel pain or other problems. If home care isn’t providing you with the relief you need a doctor may recommend,

  • An anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Steroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Surgery (only in severe, chronic cases)

Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, is here to provide you with the relief you need if you are dealing with persistent or severe heel pain. Call us today to learn more. For the Carmel, IN, office, please call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.





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