Podiatrist Blog

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
August 21, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Do you think you sprained your ankle?

sprained ankle treatmentA sprained ankle is a very common injury. Whether you twisted your ankle while shooting hoops or from stepping off the sidewalk, it’s important that you recognize the symptoms of a sprain so that you can turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola as soon as possible. It’s important not to just ignore a sprained ankle, as this can lead to further sprains in the future and chronic instability.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is when one or more ligaments in the ankle have been overstretched or torn. When this happens you will immediately experience pain. Along with pain, you may also notice:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range-of-motion
  • The inability to bear weight on the ankle
  • Weakness

In some cases, you may also have heard a popping or snapping sound at the moment of the injury. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor who can diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan for you.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

If your sprained ankle is minor than rest and at-home care is all that will be needed. The most common treatment method is better known as RICE:

Rest: The best thing you can do is stay off the ankle until it heals. Depending on the severity of the sprain this can take several weeks. In some cases, our doctor may place your foot in a boot to make it safer and easier to move around without putting much weight on the injury.

Ice: To keep swelling and pain to a minimum it’s important to ice your ankle for at least the first three days after your injury. Remember to always wrap an ice pack in a towel before applying to your bare skin (putting ice directly on bare skin can result in severe burns). Leave the ice on your ankle for no more than 20 minutes. Ice 2-3 times a day.

Compression: Another method for reducing swelling is to wearing compression stockings, which can promote blood flow to the area and also speed up the healing process. Talk to your foot doctor about the best compression stockings to use.

Elevation: Another way to reduce swelling and bruising is to prop your injured foot up above your weight. Do this whenever you are sitting down or resting.

In some cases, physical therapy and rehabilitation will also be advised to restore and restrengthen the muscles, tissues and ligaments in the ankle. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

If you suspect that you or a loved one might have sprained their ankle it’s important that you have a foot doctor that you trust. Here at Prestige Podiatry, we offer two convenient locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call us today for quick and comprehensive foot and ankle care!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
July 16, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Thanks to their location, your feet take a beating daily, carrying you from one place to another and ensuring that you can carry out your heel paindaily tasks. Without healthy feet, you may find yourself having difficulty doing the most simple of things, such as checking the mail or walking to your car. Heel pain is a common but potentially serious condition which can come from many sources. Luckily, with help from your podiatrist, you can beat heel pain and get back on your feet quickly. Find out more about heel pain treatments with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain is a common occurrence, especially in those who are on their feet for extended periods of time. Heel pain is often the symptom of another problem but can occur on its own. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the thick band of tissue on the underside of the foot becomes inflamed. Heel bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, and conditions like severs disease can also cause heel pain.

How can I prevent heel pain? 
Even if you take great care of your feet, you may still experience heel pain at some point. However, ensuring you wear good, sturdy shoes can help reduce your chances of heel pain. Be sure to wear the right shoes for the task you perform, such as running shoes for jogging or basketball shoes for shooting hoops. Be sure to rest your feet properly. Talk with your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist about custom orthotics to further improve your support and decrease your chances of experiencing heel pain.

Treating Heel Pain in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN
Heel pain treatments depend on the underlying cause of the pain and its severity. For example, some cases of heel pain may be best treated by the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). However, other patients may find physical therapy helps them most. In more severe cases, injection therapy or even surgery may solve the issue at hand. Your podiatrist can help you determine your best and most effective treatment options.

For more information on treating heel pain or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 846-4111 to schedule your appointment in Carmel, and (317) 881-0070 to schedule your appointment in Indianapolis today!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
June 12, 2018
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: laser treatment  

Toenail FungusPatients who use public showers or pools often experience a foot condition called toenail fungus. It is an infection caused by fungi living in and around the nail. Cases of toenail fungus can be successfully treated by a foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

Toenail Fungus Effects
If you notice that your toenails have taken on a yellow or brownish color and are thick, chipped, and flaky, this is one of the clearest signs of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can also make your toes emit an unpleasant smell. If you notice a strange odor on your socks or inside of your shoes, this may be the presence of a fungus infection. In extreme cases, the nail can detach from the nail bed, presenting a new risk to your foot health, so this is not a problem you should ignore.

Traditional Treatments
The traditional way of curing toenail fungus is to apply an antifungal medicine, such as a cream or special nail polish. This method sometimes works, but sometimes it takes a long while to see the positive effects. It can also be messy and difficult for patients to remember to apply the medicine regularly. Oral antifungal medication can also help but may come with undesirable side effects.

Benefits of Laser Treatment
Today the preferred method of curing toenail fungus cases is to use lasers. During a laser treatment, your Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor applies laser heat through a special wand that eliminates the fungus and stops the infection. Healthy nail tissue begins to grow over the next few weeks. Lasers are pain-free and provide fast results and relief. The fungus could be neutralized after just one short appointment.

Take Care of Your Toes
Your toenails provide your feet with much-needed protection, so it is important that you take good care of them. Contact a Carmel and Indianapolis, IN foot doctor to get treatment for toenail fungus using a laser procedure. Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office today to schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry.

By Prestige Podiatry
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if that aching big toe could be the result of a bunion?bunions

A bunion is a common foot deformity that most often affects the joint at the base of your big toe, causing the joint to stick out. You may notice that suddenly your shoes fit a little too snugly around the area or that wearing shoes now causes you pain. If this is happening to you, our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, has the answers.

New foot pain should never go ignored. While you won’t want to rush into our office the minute you experience pain, if you are encountering these issues then you will want to come in and find out if a bunion could be to blame:

  • A visible bump at the base of the big toe
  • Any redness, swelling, or tenderness at or surrounding the joint
  • Severe or persistent pain
  • Pain when walking or wearing shoes

While a bunion is progressive, meaning that it can continue to get worse over time, there are simple measures that our Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist can help you incorporate into your daily life to make sure that your bunion doesn’t get worse and to keep pain and swelling to a minimum.

Some of these measures include:

  • Rest
  • Splinting or bracing the bunion
  • Applying a bunion pad to the area
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes (and avoiding high heels or shoes with pointy toes)
  • Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) into your shoes

While the only way to correct a bunion is with surgery, this is rarely needed unless someone is dealing with severe pain that makes it difficult to walk or impacts their quality of life. Our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor is by your side to provide you with the pain-relieving care and treatment options you need to reduce symptoms.

Prestige Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are concerned that your recent foot pain might be due to a bunion then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Prestige Podiatry
May 24, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Find out when surgery is the best choice for improving your foot and ankle health.

When someone is dealing with a foot or ankle issue, in most cases the problem can be handled with a combination of at-home care and foot and ankle surgerythe in-office treatments our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola has to offer; however, there are some conditions and issues that don’t respond well to anything other than surgery. While surgery is usually the last resort, there are times when it truly is the best way to get you feeling your best.

Our feet and ankles are particularly prone to injury and once you think about how often we use our feet you’ll quickly realize why foot and ankle injuries are so common. Everything from an awkward step off the curb to certain athletic endeavors can increase your chances for foot and ankle problems. If you are dealing with pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, bruising or limited mobility it’s important that you have a foot doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis who can provide a proper diagnosis and customized treatment plan.

One telltale sign that foot and/or ankle surgery might be the best treatment option is if you are dealing with chronic pain that doesn’t respond to at-home care, lifestyle modifications and the treatments we’ve offered. While most pain can be managed without turning to surgery, there are certain situations in which the pain is constant and affects a person’s quality of life. This is when surgery is the best solution.

Other conditions that might benefit from surgery include:

Arthritis: Arthritis can affect joints anywhere in the body and if it targets your ankles you’ll find that moving around isn’t nearly as easy as it used to be. Arthritis of the ankle can lead to pain, inflammation, stiffness, limited mobility and the inability to bear weight on the ankle without pain. Ankle arthroscopy can be performed to remove damaged tissue and improve movement. Other times, ankle replacement surgery is required if the arthritis is more aggressive.

Bursitis: There are fluid-filled sacs within the feet that are known as bursae. When the bursas become inflamed this causes bursitis. Even though surgery for bursitis is rare, if the problem leads to severe or chronic heel pain, then surgery may be the best option for removing the inflamed bursae.

Bunions and Hammertoe: These foot deformities may require surgery to correct the structure and remove the imbalance if the deformity is large enough or if it affects your ability to walk.

Chronic/severe plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet (known as the plantar fascia). While inflammation can be treated through at-home care, if pain is chronic or affects your quality of life surgery may be the best option for eliminating pain.

Are you dealing with any of the issues above? Do you want to discuss whether surgery is the best treatment option for you? If so, then call the trusted footcare experts at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, today.





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