Podiatrist Blog

By Prestige Podiatry
May 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

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 at to learn more. For the Carmel, IN, office, please call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.

PODIATRIST INDIANAPOLIS, CARMEL, GREENWOOD TOP/BEST RATED FOOT DOCTOR.  Dr. Agricola and Prestige Podiatry have again been ranked as a top podiatrist serving Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, Fishers, Noblesville, Center Grove and Zionsville, Indiana.  Presitge Podiatry and Indianapolis, Carmel, and Greenwood podiatrists offices have received several times Angie's list Super Service Award which only the top 5% of all businesses receive.  Google and yelp podiatrist Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood also have had consistent top ratings for Prestige Podiatry and Dr. Jeff Agricola.  Call one of offices today for same day appointments for heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, laser toenail fungus high success treatment, plantar warts, child and sport related heel pain and injuries, as well a all conditions of the foot and ankle.  Prestige Podiatry offers many minimal incision surgeries with quick healing as well.  

By Prestige Podiatry
February 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be warning signs of an ankle sprain.

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments of the ankle are overstretched or torn. Even though sprains affect ligaments and strains affect tendons and muscles, these injuries can often mimic each other. Therefore, it can be rather challenging to determine whether you’ve sprained your ankle without the help of our podiatrist in Carmel and Indianapolis, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

The most common warning signs of a sprained ankle include,

  • Ankle pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Pain when putting weight on the injured ankle
  • Stiffness

Since many ankle injuries can present with the same symptoms it’s important to see your Indianapolis foot doctor right away if you begin to experience any ankle problems. Our podiatrist will examine the ankle and determine if you have an ankle sprain or if there is something more serious going on. Sometimes imaging tests (e.g. X-rays; MRI) are recommended in order to make sure there are no fractures or serious ligament damage present.

What can cause an ankle sprain?

Anytime a foot rolls or twists, this forces the ankle joints out of alignment. This sudden, violent movement can result in an ankle sprain. It’s most common to sprain your ankle during physical activity; therefore, if you are an athlete you could be at an increased risk for ankle injuries.

How are sprained ankles treated?

The most important thing that someone with an ankle sprain can do is to rest and stay off the affected foot. Mild sprains can often be treated with simple at-home care. Home care for sprains often includes,

  • Elevating the ankle to reduce swelling
  • Taking anti-inflammatories and pain relievers
  • Bandaging or bracing the ankle to support and stabilize
  • Icing the ankle for 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times/day to reduce swelling

Those with more severe sprains may need to use crutches to avoid putting any weight on the torn or damaged ligaments. In rare cases, surgery may actually be necessary. Surgery is performed when damage to the ankle’s ligaments are so severe that it could lead to long-term instability, weakness, and pain. If your sprained ankle isn’t responding to home care, it’s time to speak with a podiatrist who can help.

Need care? Give us a call

If you or a loved one is showing signs of an ankle sprain, then it’s time to turn to the foot and ankle experts at Prestige Podiatry. With offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Agricola and his team make it easy to get the fast, reliable foot care you’ve been looking for. Dial either (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.

By Prestige Podiatry
February 18, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Footcare  

Here at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola makes diabetic patients a top priority. After all, diabetes is a dangerous condition, that if mismanaged, can result in severe consequences. These problematic issues include tingling and pain in the lower extremities, numbness, and an increased risk for infections. Consequently, proper foot care is necessary to increase blood flow, optimize foot, leg, and ankle health, and ultimately avoid amputation. If you have diabetes and require more knowledge on the importance of proper foot care, please read on.

Why is Diabetic Foot Care Important?

Diabetes raises blood sugar, and when sugar levels are high, they can damage the nerves within the feet and eventually lead to peripheral neuropathy. Proper diabetic foot care is necessary to prevent, manage, and treat circulation problems, blisters, cuts, wounds, and other complications. Monitoring the feet daily with proper instructions from your podiatrist can make all the difference in your condition.

Diabetic Foot Care at Home

In between visits to Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Agricola encourages diabetic patients to practice proper foot care by inspecting their feet daily at home and utilizing the following tips:

  • Cut nails straight across, but not too short, and file the edges
  • Wear clean, dry socks, change them when wet
  • Keep feet warm and dry at all times
  • Moisturize your feet, but not between the toes
  • Keep blood sugar levels under control

Most importantly, don't ever attempt to remove a corn or callus by yourself. Visit one of our locations immediately for appropriate treatment.

When to Visit a Podiatrist

For optimal foot health, individuals with diabetes should see a podiatrist on an annual basis. That helps with early detection and prevention of ulcers, open wounds, and other complications. During a periodic foot exam, Dr. Agricola can check if you are wearing the proper footwear, in addition to performing a physical exam to ensure that your ankle, foot, and nail health are in good standing. We highly recommend visiting our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office, if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Open sores
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown or infected toenails
  • Swelling or pain in the legs, foot or ankle
  • Dry cracks in the skin around the heel
  • Changes in skin color or temperature

 

Contact Us

If you have diabetes and need assistance with your daily foot care, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola to prevent complications. Proper foot care is critical for those with this condition, and visiting a podiatrist can improve your quality of foot and general health. For more information about diabetic foot care, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Prestige Podiatry, visit our website. To schedule an appointment in our Carmel, IN, office, please call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
January 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry

Are you dealing with a persistent or unresponsive toenail fungal infection?

Fungal nail infections are fairly common, particularly in older adults. As the nails get dry and cracked with age they are prone to fungal infections. Also, those with weakened immune systems or certain chronic conditions such as diabetes may also be susceptible to fungal nail infections. If this is happening our Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can treat the problem.

Can I treat a toenail fungal infection on my own?

Many healthy individuals choose to try over-the-counter antifungal treatments first. The only problem is that many of these treatments come in the form of topical cream or ointment, which can’t penetrate through the nail to target the fungus effectively. This means that many people don’t see the results they want with at-home care.

If you have diabetes, nerve damage or a compromised immune system and you develop a toenail fungus you should not treat the problem yourself. This is something that our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor can and should treat to prevent the problem from causing potentially serious complications.

When should I see a podiatrist for care?

If you’ve never had a toenail fungus before you may want to schedule an appointment, especially if the fungus isn’t responding to over-the-counter treatment. If the toenail fungus is causing severe brittleness, cracking and yellowing then you may require more aggressive treatment that only a foot care professional can provide. While there are oral medications that can be prescribed to treat a toenail fungus systemically, some patients are hesitant to take this strong medication for weeks on end.

Depending on a person’s medical history they may not actually be able to take the oral medication needed to treat their infection. Luckily, laser toenail fungus treatment can provide amazing and effective results without needing to take medication.

What should I expect from laser toenail fungus treatment?

This can be a great treatment option for anyone dealing with a toenail fungus; however, patients dealing with persistent, recurring or severe infections that don’t respond to other treatments may finally find relief through this laser treatment. This treatment boasts a very high success rate in just one session, producing a clear nail in a few months after treatment. You may need a follow-up session depending on how severe the toenail fungus is. Furthermore, laser treatment is painless, non-invasive and quick (treatment takes about 15 minutes). There is no downtime associated with this treatment so you can also go back to your normal routine immediately after treatment.

With offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, Prestige Podiatry is here to provide you with the comprehensive and thorough foot and ankle care you need. From laser toenail fungus treatment to diabetic feet care, we offer it all. Call us today to learn more about laser fungal treatment. Call (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis office, or (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office.





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