Podiatrist Blog

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.

By Prestige Podiatry
July 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Laser treatment is among the most popular therapies for skin smoothening and hair reduction, but it can actually be used for treating stubborn onychomycosis or toenail fungus.

Here at Prestige Podiatry in our Indianapolis, IN, and Carmel, IN, offices, our foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, uses laser therapy for treating persistent toenail fungal infections.

How Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Works

The device used for laser toenail fungus therapy emits laser energy pulses that generate heat. When used for treating toenail fungus, the heat will be directed to the affected toenail so it can reach the fungus in the nail bed, which is where it thrives. The infected tissue will then be gasified and then decompose, killing the fungal infection.

The Results of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Some individuals see great results with just one laser treatment, while others may need extra sessions depending on their specific results. Obvious signs that the treatment is working include:

  • The disappearance of flaky debris on the infected nail
  • Resolution of brown, white, or yellowish discoloration in the infected toenail
  • Normal texture and shape of new toenail growth without the modified shape, bumps, or thickness
  • Resolution of onycholysis, which happens when the toenail detaches from the nail bed

A session of laser treatment for toenail fungal infection usually lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Toenail fungal infections typically need a couple of laser sessions with your foot doctor in our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office before completely going away. Additionally, depending on the severity of the toenail fungus and your specific circumstances, it might take about six months to 18 months of laser treatment to experience the full effects of the treatment.

Need More Information on Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment? Talk to Us

Schedule a visit with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here at Prestige Podiatry. Dial (317) 881-0070 to reach our Indianapolis, IN, office or (317) 846-4111 to reach our Carmel, IN, office.

By Prestige Podiatry
July 24, 2020
Category: Podiatric Health
Tags: Podiatrist  

Have you ever consulted a podiatrist? You should because your feet and ankles are really complex. They take you everywhere, play sports, allow you to work and more. At Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, our podiatrist is Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. He treats kids to seniors and everyone in between, helping them stay on their feet, enjoying the daily activities they love.

Feel, look and function

So, how are your feet today? If they hurt, look different in terms of color or configuration or can't easily bear your weight and carry you through the day, see your podiatrist in his Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, office.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) reports that 77 percent of American adults have had some type of foot discomfort, injury or other condition. However, only a third of that number sees a foot doctor about the problem.

Podiatrists are fully trained in all diseases and deformities of the foot and ankle. They take special care of diabetics who frequently have impaired circulation, nerve function and wound healing in their feet and ankles. Plus, podiatrists know all about footwear, shoe inserts, and other ways to help you walk comfortably and efficiently.

Finally, a podiatrist such as Dr. Agricola knows the wear and tear sports cause. Whether you're an amateur athlete or a professional, he can help you optimize your foot function, avoid injury, train efficiently and heal problems that arise as you play your favorite game.

When should you come to Prestige Podiatry?

We encourage you to come twice a year if you are diabetic. Preventive care is critical to your well-being and could prevent wounds, or ulcerations. Also, see us if you:

  • Have foot or ankle pain which persists beyond a day or two
  • Have ingrown toenails, corns, calluses or wonder if a bunion is forming
  • Begin a new sport
  • Have fungal toenails or Athlete's foot which just goes on and on

Dr. Agricola will examine you, watch how you walk, discuss your symptoms and formulate a treatment plan focused on your specific needs and desired outcomes. He approaches most problems conservatively at first and suggests more complex treatments, such as surgery, when other strategies don't help.

Come see us

At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola and his staff know feet. They can help you maintain your podiatric health. For a personal consultation or help with a specific issue, call our Indianapolis office at (317) 881-0070. For the Carmel, IN, location, phone (317) 846-4111.





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