Podiatrist Blog

By Prestige Podiatry
March 31, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are your feet screaming out in pain? Find out why.

There are so many reasons you may be dealing with foot pain, from Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis to bunions. Whether you stand on your feet all day for work or you just had to wear those towering high heels out on that date last night, there are countless reasons why your feet may be telling you they hurt. However, it’s important to also recognize when heel pain requires seeing our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, for care.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is a symptom of an underlying condition or injury. Some of the main causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Chronic causes of heel pain include rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral neuropathy

When to See a Podiatrist

While minor heel pain may not have you rushing to your foot doctor, it is important to recognize when you should turn to a podiatrist for your heel pain. You should see our podiatrist, Dr. Agricola, in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, if:

  • This is the first time you’re dealing with heel pain
  • Your heel pain and/or swelling is severe
  • You aren’t able to put weight on the foot or you have trouble walking
  • Heel pain isn’t responding to home care or improving after five days of rest
  • You have nerve damage, diabetes, or other chronic conditions that may impact the health of your feet
  • You develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in the foot

Treating Heel Pain

Most of the time, heel pain can be treated with simple at-home treatment options including:

  • Calf muscle stretches and other daily stretches to improve flexibility and mobility in the arches of the feet while easing tension and pain
  • Limiting exercises, particularly high-impact activities such as running
  • Wearing shoes that provide ample arch support. You may want to talk with your podiatrist about getting custom shoe inserts to place inside your shoes for additional support and cushioning
  • Icing the heel several times a day to reduce pain and swelling
  • Splinting the foot at night to reduce stiffness and pain in the morning
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications to ease pain and swelling

If at-home care isn’t enough, Dr. Agricola and his team can treat more stubborn forms of heel pain with:

  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Casting or booting the foot
  • Ultrasound or shockwave therapy
  • Surgery in more serious cases

If you find yourself rubbing your feet in pain it may be time to turn to our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor Dr. Agricola to find out what’s going on. Call Prestige Podiatry today at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 to schedule your evaluation.

By Prestige Podiatry
March 25, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Flat Feet  

Dealing with flat feet? Here’s what you can do about it.

According to the National Foot Health Assessment, around 18 million US Americans over the age of 21 have flat feet, also known as fallen arches. If you have flat feet you may have a ton of questions about foot care and how to treat the issue. This is where our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, can help.

What causes flat feet?

While we are all born with flat feet, the arches of the foot will develop during the first few years of life. Some children never develop arches. You may simply have been born with flat feet but not even know it until foot pain sets in.

However, flat feet can also develop over time. Flat feet may develop as a result of excessive wear and tear on the feet, certain foot injuries including overuse injuries, as well being overweight or obese.

Do flat feet always need treatment?

Not necessarily. If your flat feet aren’t causing you pain or discomfort then you won’t require treatment. However, it’s important to be aware that flat feet can predispose you to certain problems including:

  • Shin splints
  • Foot, ankle, knee, heel, hip, and lower back pain
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis

People with flat feet may notice that they overpronate, which means that their feet roll inward when walking, sprinting, or running. Over time, these improper biomechanics can impact how the ankles, legs, hips, and back all function together. This can lead to misalignments in the rest of the body as they try to overcompensate for imbalances within the feet. If your flat feet are causing pain or other problems, it’s best to play it safe and visit our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor for an evaluation.

How are flat feet treated?

If flat feet are causing you pain, there are some simple solutions that we can provide or recommend to help you better manage your symptoms. Some ways to improve flat feet-related pain include:

  • Exercises and physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics and arch support
  • Specialized shoes that provide proper support to the feet
  • Wearing an ankle brace
  • Resting and avoiding certain exercises or activities
  • Using pain relievers to ease sore, tired, and painful feet

If you are tired, sore, and achy due to flat feet, know that our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Agricola, can help you find ways to ease these flat feet-related issues. Schedule an appointment today at Prestige Podiatry by calling (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
March 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Morton's Neuroma  

When you’re experiencing foot pain, it can limit your everyday activities and make it harder to function normally. Sometimes you may feel like you need to constantly adjust your socks or as if there is a pebble in your shoe, but you may actually be struggling with Morton’s neuroma. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, can answer any questions you may have about Morton’s neuroma and whether it is what is causing your pain.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma typically affects the ball of the foot and is when the tissue around the nerves leading to your toes thickens. You may feel a sharp, burning sensation in the ball of your foot and it may even feel numb. This may also cause issues walking. It may feel difficult and painful to walk normally.

Morton’s neuroma can be caused by different factors, such as:

  • High-heeled shoes- High-heeled shoes, especially ones that may not fit perfectly and are tight, put extra pressure on the toes and the balls of your feet.
  • Sports- Certain sports that put a lot of pressure on your feet, such as running, may cause Morton’s neuroma by putting constant pressure on your feet and not letting the feet fully heal.
  • Foot Deformities- If you are someone dealing with bunions, hammertoes, abnormally high or low arches, you may be at risk for Morton’s Neuroma.

Treating Morton’s Neuroma

Your doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, will figure out the best treatment plan for you, depending on the severity of your neuroma. Treatment may include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Arch Supports or Foot Pads
  • Steroid Injections
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Removal of the Nerve

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re struggling with foot pain that doesn’t seem to go away, you must contact Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry to ask any questions that you may have and to schedule an appointment today! Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office and (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office today!

By Prestige Podiatry
February 16, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Condition   Broken Foot  

Unfortunately, it is usually the case that a broken foot is painfully obvious. However, if there is no visible displacement of the foot bone, it can be difficult to tell if a break occurred. Small breaks or cracks may not painful, so it is important to recognize the symptoms of a broken foot. From there you will be able to determine the severity of the injury and help your doctor prescribe appropriate treatment. If you believe your foot is broken visit, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry with offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

Indications your Foot is Broken:

  • An open wound or exposed bone in your foot
  • Feeling a snap in your foot when the injury occurs
  • Hearing a grinding or snapping noise when the injury occurs
  • Feeling faint after the injury
  • Pain or a dull ache
  • Pain when touching the injury
  • Difficulty moving your foot or toes
  • Trouble walking and bearing weight

Treating a Broken Foot

Immediately following a serious foot injury you should call your doctor or emergency services. Your foot will be painful to touch and you probably will not be able to walk on it. You will feel a throbbing pain followed by swelling and bruising. Keep the foot elevated and apply ice on and off to reduce swelling. Sometimes the displacement of the bone is visible, but the foot bones are small so it can be hard to tell. Your Carmel or Indianapolis podiatrist will determine if your foot is broken or sprained.

Of course, treatment for your broken foot depends on the exact location and severity of the injury. X-rays are used to find the break, in some cases, MRI scans or CT scans are used. The most common treatment for a broken foot requires a cast, brace, splint, or boot. In severe cases, surgery is required to straighten or reconnect the bones with rods, screws, or plates. Anti-inflammatory medication could be prescribed to reduce pain and swelling. Speak with Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry to find out which treatment option is right for you.

If you have recently been in a car accident, suffered a sports injury, or dropped a heavy object on your foot, watch for the signs of a broken foot. Make an appointment with your local podiatrist, Dr. Agricola for treatment as soon as possible. Visit the Prestige Podiatry offices in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN, or call each office at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070, respectively.

By Prestige Podiatry
February 09, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

Here’s our helpful guide for caring and maintaining healthy feet.

The average American takes 3,000-4,000 steps a day. Our feet work hard for us each and every day, and yet we often abuse them. We pound the pavement, wear worn-out tennis shoes to play sports and shove our feet into sky-high heels. Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to care for your feet. From the office of our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here are some helpful tips for keeping your feet healthy,

Wash Feet Daily

It’s necessary for everyone to wash their feet daily with soap and warm water. Make sure to wash all parts of your feet including between the toes. Once you hop out of the shower, you should dry your feet off thoroughly.

Keep Feet Moisturized

Once you dry your feet off it’s a good idea to apply a moisturizer. While you may only do this during the winter months when feet are more likely to be dry, you should moisturize every day. Moisturizing daily can prevent dry, cracked skin that can lead to infections. If you are prone to dry feet, you may wish to moisturize more than once a day.

Wear Proper Footwear

Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you’re a runner, it’s important that you are wearing the appropriate shoes for your daily activities. Those who are on their feet all day will want to choose shoes with breathable material that don’t bunch up toes and will provide ample support. You may also want to be fitted for athletic footwear to make sure that you are getting shoes that will protect your feet while they are working their hardest.

Trim Nails Regularly

It’s important that you also know how to properly trim and maintain your toenails. Every few weeks you’ll want to make sure to trim your toenails, so they are level with the tips of the toes. Also, make sure to trim nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. If you are unable to trim your toenails yourself, our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor can do it for you.

If you are dealing with foot pain or simply have questions about caring for your feet, our foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can help. We have offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to provide you with the foot and ankle care you need. Call us at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 to schedule an appointment.

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