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.
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.
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 people 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
- 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.
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.
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.
Find out when surgery may be the best approach to treating your foot and ankle problems.
We know how important it is for patients to avoid surgery. That is why it’s important to visit our Indianapolis foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, as soon as an issue arises so that you can get the conservative care and treatment you need to heal effectively without surgery. However, there are certain situations and conditions that may be better off with surgery. These problems include,
A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe that can cause serious pain and swelling, particularly during activity. While conservative care is the first course of action to prevent a bunion from getting worse, patients dealing with severe pain/inflammation that isn’t responding to at-home care and is consequently affecting everyday activities may require surgery.
Bunion surgery is truly the only treatment option that repairs the damaged joint and realigns it. Since bunion surgery often requires extensive downtime, this is a procedure to consider only if you’ve exhausted all other treatment options.
Along with bunions, hammertoes are another common foot deformity that can also be managed with simple at-home care; however, if you ignore the problem or don’t properly care for your feet, the deformity will get worse until the hammertoe becomes inflexible or rigid. Once this occurs, you’ll be unable to straighten the toe, and your Indianapolis foot surgeon may have to recommend hammertoe surgery. While surgery is the only way to correct a hammertoe, wearing proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes can slow the deformity’s progression if the problem is caught early enough.
Arthritis is another chronic condition that can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and damage if you don’t seek treatment for your symptoms. There are many medications on the market today that can slow the progression of arthritis, which is why it’s important to see a doctor at the first signs of arthritis; however, if your arthritis symptoms are severe enough to affect mobility and your day-to-day routine then it may be time to consider surgery.
Give Us a Call
Are you dealing with any of the issues above? Not getting the relief you deserve with home treatment? If so, it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, today to schedule a consultation with our foot and ankle surgeon. Dial either (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.
Wondering if you have plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the band of tendon-like tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. The condition is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is treatable by medical professionals. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, Prestige Podiatry (offices in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN) offers a full range of podiatric services to their patients. Here are 4 signs that you may have plantar fasciitis.
1. Foot Pain: Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. Many people describe the pain as feeling like an ache or a bruise. The pain may develop gradually and worsen over time. The pain may be worse after you step out of bed in the morning, although it can also be triggered by standing over prolonged periods or rising from sitting. The pain is typically worse after (but not during) exercise or other activity.
2. Stiffness: Plantar fasciitis can cause stiffness and limited range of motion of the foot. Climbing stairs can be difficult due to stiffness in the foot. Physical therapy is an important part of plantar fasciitis treatment. Physical therapy can reduce stiffness, as well as improve range of motion, making you more mobile.
3. Numbness: Plantar fasciitis can cause numbness in the bottom of the foot. If you experience numbness in your foot, you may have little or no sensation. Numbness of the foot can also occur because of nerve damage, an injury, and poor circulation to the foot (such as with diabetes).
4. Inflammation: Plantar fasciitis is associated with inflammation and warmth on the bottom of the foot. The inflammation is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. There may also be tenderness of the bottom of the heel. The key to a proper diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is an examination by a podiatrist.
Whether your goal is getting back to the office, the gym, sports, hobbies, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Call one of Prestige Podiatry's offices today to schedule a consultation with our Indianapolis podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola- 317-846-4111- Carmel, IN; 317-881-0070- Indianapolis, IN. Our state-of-the-art plantar fasciitis treatments will do you a world of good.
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