Podiatrist Blog

By Prestige Podiatry
January 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Follow these helpful tips to reduce bunion pain everyday.

Is a bunion causing your foot pain? If you take a look at your foot and notice that the joint at the base of your big toe causes the area to stick out a little further than it should then you very well could be dealing with a bunion. While bunions that don’t cause problems may not be a cause for concern it’s a good idea to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola to find out ways to keep the bunion from getting worse.

If you have a bunion here are some tips to alleviate and even prevent bunion pain and swelling,

Lose excess weight

One way to take additional pressure off your feet is to maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, this can exacerbate bunions and other foot problems. If you are starting a new exercise regimen talk with our Indianapolis foot doctor about ways to ease into exercise safely so you don’t injure feet and ankles.

Cover your bunion

If you find that your bunion flares-up when wearing shoes you may want to start wearing a protective gel pad over the bunion. This padding can provide an additional layer of protection between your shoes and the bunion. While you don’t want to wear shoes that are too snug around your bunion, wearing a gel pad can protect the area and also prevent the formation of a painful callus.

Wear shoe inserts

Many people with bunions also have flat feet; therefore, placing custom shoe inserts, or orthotics, into your shoes can help lift the foot and provide it with the support that it needs. This can also prevent your bunion from getting worse. Custom shoe inserts are molded to your feet to help realign the toes and provide cushioning, to take pressure off the bunion and to prevent the deformity from getting worse.

If your bunion is irritated or in pain you may try over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen), warm soaks or ice packs, or massage therapy. If you are dealing with severe pain that makes it difficult to walk our Indianapolis foot doctor may recommend additional treatment options including surgery to treat severe pain and inflammation.

Arm yourself with proper footwear, protective padding and anything you need to keep that bunion from flaring up. And if you are still having trouble don’t hesitate to call Prestige Podiatry. We have offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to provide you with the care you need. Call (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis office, or (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office.

By Prestige Podiatry
December 17, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Don’t let heel pain tell you how you should live your life.

Are you dealing with a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel that shoots outwards to the arches of your feet? If you said yes then you heel paincould be one of the roughly 2 million Americans who deal with heel pain. Heel pain is one of the reasons patients come to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for an evaluation. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that can affect anyone. Here’s what you should know about plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, starting at the bottom of the heel and stretching all the way to between the toes. This connective tissue provides the arches of your feet with support.

In the very beginning, most people only notice a little bit of achiness or soreness in their heel after a run or working out. Unfortunately, this condition will gradually get worse, leading to severe inflammation and microtears within the plantar fascia. When this happens, heel pain sets in.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

While we know that athletes hate to hear it, our Indianapolis foot doctor will most likely tell you that the quickest way to heal your plantar fascia is to rest. This means avoiding high-impact activities for up to 6 weeks. If you don’t heed this warning and continue to run anyway, you may end up causing more severe damage that will take even longer to heal.

Along with ample rest, stretching the feet several times a day (particularly in the morning and after long bouts of sitting) can help loosen up the tight, stiff connective tissue. Pain relievers can also help to alleviate pain and swelling when symptoms flare up.

Talk with your podiatrist about whether you could also benefit from custom shoe inserts (also known as orthotics). Orthotics are placed into the shoes to take the pressure off the heels and arches and to redistribute the weight evenly throughout the foot to reduce sore spots.

If your plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to home treatment then your podiatrist may recommend other strategies for healing the damaged tissue. One such way is through extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), which directs sound waves into the fascia to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Getting regular shockwave therapy sessions may be particularly effective for chronic heel pain sufferers and could even prevent some patients from needing to undergo surgery.

Prestige Podiatry has offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are dealing with new or recurring heel pain it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to when it matters most. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Agricola.

By Prestige Podiatry
November 19, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: ankle sprain  

Do you need to see a doctor if you sprained your ankle?

An ankle sprain is a common injury that often occurs when the joint is jerked out of place. While minor sprains can often be treated from the comfort of your own home you should visit our Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • A misshapen or deformed ankle
  • Extreme pain
  • Severe swelling
  • Unable to put weight on the foot or walk
  • Limited range of motion
  • Ankle that is tender to the touch

 

How should I treat an ankle sprain?

How you treat this injury will depend on how severe it is. Mild sprains can often be treated at home with rest and conservative care. Many people follow the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These things can reduce pain and swelling and help the joint heal faster.

Compression can include things such as soft ankle braces, which also provide the injured ankle with support and stabilization when you do have to move around. You may also choose to taken a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help ease pain. It’s important to rest as much as possible within the first 48 hours after the injury. If you don’t notice any of the symptoms above then the ankle may have healed.
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When should I see a podiatrist?

As we mentioned above, any severe symptoms warrant seeing our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor to determine whether it’s a sprain or whether there is something else going on. Sometimes symptoms can overlap with other problems such as a fractured ankle, so seeing a doctor for care is the best way to make sure that any issues are taken care of.

Our podiatrist can also show you a variety of exercises and stretches that you can do throughout the day to reduce symptoms and improve range of motion. Those with more serious ankle sprains may require physical therapy or other more aggressive treatment options. Rarely is surgery necessary for treating an ankle sprain.

Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, is here to provide you with the care you need to get foot and ankle problems under control. If you think you’re dealing with an ankle sprain call our office today for an appointment.

By Prestige Podiatry
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns  

Would you like to learn more about corns from your Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist?

What is a corn?

It's a small circular thickened lesion in the skin of the foot caused by pressure or friction over bony areas, such as a joint. Corns affect cornspeople who already have foot deformities, such as hammertoes.

What are the symptoms of corns?

  • A thick and rough area of skin
  • A hardened and raised bump
  • Tenderness and/or pain under skin
  • Flaky, dry and/or waxy skin

What are other causes of corns developing?

There are several reasons people develop corns, according to your Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist. Here are a few:

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Skipping socks
  • Bunions
  • Bone spur

What types of corns are there?

There are five different types of corns:

  • Hard corns are the most common corns that appear as a small, thick pea sized protrusion on the skin.
  • Soft corns are similar to hard corns in terms of how they form but have a white rubbery texture.
  • Seed corns are tiny painless corns that appear singly or in clusters on the bottom of the foot.
  • Vascular/neurovascular corns have nerve fibers and blood vessels which makes them painful and susceptible to profuse bleeding if cut.
  • Fibrous corns are long-lasting corns that have attached themselves to deeper tissues.

How do you treat corns?

There are a few home remedies and lifestyle changes you can make. Soak the corn in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes and gently massage over it with a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Use moisturizer every that contains salicylic acid, urea, or ammonium lactate to help soften skin, and wear properly fitted and padded shoes.

Extreme cases may call for surgery but you will need to consult your doctor to first evaluate your specific situation.

If you have any questions about corns, make sure you contact your Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist.

By Prestige Podiatry
November 13, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Running Foot Pain

Your feet are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and a vast network of tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Each of these parts works in harmony, enabling you to walk, run and jump normally and without pain.  

But before jumping into a rigorous workout or fitness program that involves running, you may want to give your feet some extra attention, starting with a trip to your podiatrist. A professional podiatrist can properly examine your feet, detect potential problems, and provide tips for injury-free training and shoe selection.

Beginning runners are not the only ones who should see a podiatrist. Frequent runners should also pay their podiatrist a visit from time to time to check for any stress on the lower extremities brought on by repetitive force.

Common injuries experienced by runners include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis and stress fractures.

Helpful Tips for Preventing Injury

In addition to visiting our office, you can also prevent injuries that commonly occur during training and running by stretching properly, choosing appropriate footwear, and paying attention to pain or signs of an injury.

Stretch

To prevent injury to your lower extremities, it’s important to stretch carefully before beginning any workout regimen. When muscles are properly warmed up and stretched, the risk for injury is greatly reduced. Appropriate stretches include stretching of the hamstring and wall push-ups.

Choose Proper Footwear

The type of shoe you should wear also plays an important role in your ability to run without pain and with optimal performance. The shoe that your foot requires will depend on your foot structure and function, your body type, and the type of running or workout regimen you are interested in. Your podiatrist may also prescribe an orthotic, or shoe insert, to alleviate any foot pain or anomalies.

Be Mindful of Injuries

Even with proper footwear and stretching, not all foot problems can be prevented. Whenever you experience pain, stop whatever workout you are doing and rest. As pain subsides, gradually increase exercise with caution. When pain persists, visit our office for a proper evaluation.

New joggers and seasoned runners alike should take the necessary steps to avoid injury to the lower limbs. Consult with your podiatrist before starting any new workout, and always seek professional care when pain or injury occurs.





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