Find out what’s going on and what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.
While heel pain is rarely serious our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola understands just how much of a nuisance it can be to have pain when walking or standing. Heel pain often develops either underneath or on the back of the heel, and the location of the pain can alert us to what might be causing your heel pain. In most cases, a condition known as plantar fasciitis is to blame.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Dealing with heel pain that is stabbing and painful, especially when first waking up in the morning? If so, chances are good that you might be dealing with an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is the most common cause of heel pain and it can lead to pain not just in the heel but also the arches of the feet.
Along with pain you may also notice that the heel feels stiff or is at its worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting. Often the pain begins to lessen over the day as you begin to move around; however, any kind of physical activity can often make the pain worse.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
It’s important to know what’s causing your heel pain as soon as possible, particularly if this is your first time dealing with heel pain. After all, there are many heel pain causes and it’s important that our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor is able to evaluate your feet to determine the cause before you prescribe to a specific treatment plan.
If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis this is usually an easy fix. In most cases, you can ease symptoms until the plantar fascia heals by following these simple care instructions,
- Ice the heel 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time to keep swelling and pain at bay
- Take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to combat bouts of pain and inflammation
- Wear shoes that provide proper support and cushioning for the feet, particularly the arches
- Consider having custom orthotics (shoe inserts) made, which can provide your feet with ample shock absorption and support while walking or standing
- Perform stretching and strengthening exercises to improve the function and mobility of the soft tissue within the feet
If your heel pain isn’t responding to a week of at-home care, or if symptoms are getting worse then we will need to discuss other treatment options that can help speed up the healing process.
Do you have questions about plantar fasciitis? Dealing with heel pain for the first time? If so, don’t hesitate to call your foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to answer your questions or to receive proper podiatric care.
Find out when it might be time to consider foot or ankle surgery.
While the goal of our Indianapolis podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, is to be able to prevent the need for surgery whenever possible, there are certain conditions or factors that make such procedures the most effective way to repair an injury or a podiatric disorder. It might be time to visit our Indianapolis, IN, foot and ankle surgeon if you are dealing with,
- A serious injury such as a broken bone or fracture
- A medical condition that affects your feet (e.g. diabetes)
- Severe or persistent heel pain
- Difficulty moving or walking around due to foot problems
- A deformity, growth, or tumor
- Changes in the shape or appearance of your feet or ankles
Fortunately, we are equipped to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems. While you may not immediately turn to surgery to treat your condition, here are some of the most commonly performed foot and ankle surgical procedures:
While most people with bunions won’t ever need to resort to surgery there are some situations in which the best option is to repair the deformed joint. It might be time to talk to us about your bunion surgery options if your pain is persistent and severe, if it’s affecting your ability to walk around and stand, or if you are unable to wear shoes without discomfort.
Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that commonly causes heel pain. While plantar fasciitis will often respond quite well to conservative care and rest, there are some rather serious cases in which the best option is to perform a simple plantar fascia release. This is only necessary if your symptoms haven’t responded to any treatment options, if you are unable to go about your daily routine due to heel pain, or if your symptoms have persisted for over nine months.
Ankle Surgeries Due to Arthritis
While there is no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) there are medications and other ways to reduce joint inflammation while also slowing the progression of joint damage; however, those with severe osteoarthritis or RA may require surgery in order to alleviate ongoing symptoms or to repair severely damaged joints. Common procedures include ankle fusions or ankle replacements.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
If you are dealing with a persistent and serious foot or ankle problem in Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, call Prestige Podiatry today to find out how we can help you manage your conditions and reduce your symptoms. Dial (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.
Learn more about the most common sports-related injuries and how to prevent them.
Keeping your feet safe and healthy is important, particularly if you are an athlete. We know just how frustrating it can be to get out on the field and sustain an injury that keeps you benched for weeks on end. Our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can evaluate and treat your sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
Some common sports-related injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures
- Broken bones
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
Of course, the goal of any athlete should be to prevent an injury from occurring in the first place; however, we also know that accidents happen and it’s important that you have a foot doctor to turn to when problems arise.
When should I see a podiatrist?
It’s a good idea to visit us for an evaluation if you are dealing with a foot or ankle injury and you aren’t sure what the problem is or how to care for the injury. We can examine the foot and conduct imaging tests to determine what’s going on. It’s best to turn to a doctor for care if you are dealing with:
- Severe pain or swelling
- The inability to move or bend the foot
- Symptoms that don’t go away after at-home care
- Symptoms that affect your ability to work out or train
- Joint locking or swelling
- The inability to put weight on the affected foot or ankle
- Numbness, weakness or tingling
If you or your child is dealing with any of these symptoms as a result of a sports-related injury then it’s time to give us a call to schedule an appointment. Fortunately, there are certain habits you can adopt to prevent foot and ankle injuries from happening to you. This includes,
- Training even during the off-season to keep the body limber, strong and prepared to handle the physical demands.
- Getting a sports physical from your doctor each year to make sure that you are healthy enough for your chosen sport.
- Treating any injuries right away, as this could prevent more serious complications in the long run.
- Stretching and warming up the body prior to the game, which will help warm up the ligaments and blood vessels within the feet and ankle to prevent injuries.
- Remember to wear the appropriate footwear for your sport of choice, as well as the proper protective gear.
If you are dealing with a sports-related injury that requires podiatric care then it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis. Take care of your feet so they can take care of you.
Find out how hammertoes occur and what you can do to prevent it from getting worse.
A hammertoe is a foot deformity that causes the joint in the smaller toes to bend downward. This is often the result of a muscle imbalance within the feet. Since the toes are bent they are also more likely to rub against shoes and develop calluses. So, how do you know if you have a hammertoe, and when should you visit your Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for an evaluation?
Do I have a hammertoe?
If you notice that the small toes bend downward at the middle joint then chances are good that you are dealing with a hammertoe. There are two types: a flexible hammertoe and a rigid hammertoe. As you might be able to guess from the names alone, a flexible hammertoe is one in which you can straighten it out.
A rigid hammertoe is permanently deformed and cannot be straightened out. In the case of a rigid hammertoe, the only way to fix this issue is by getting surgery to repair the damaged joint.
I have a hammertoe. Now what?
So, our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor just told you that you have a hammertoe. The next step is to prevent the issue from getting worse. Many people develop hammertoes but never develop pain or other issues as a result. Common ways to treat a hammertoe include,
Wearing appropriate footwear: This is the most important piece of advice to follow if you want to prevent hammertoes or keep your hammertoe from getting worse. If you want to avoid surgery to correct the hammertoe then you’ll want to wear shoes that give your toes enough room so they aren’t bunched up. Also, make sure that the shoes you wear have ample arch support.
Stretching and strengthening exercises: That’s right! You can do foot exercises every day to help strengthen the muscles of the toes. Our podiatrist would be happy to show you a couple of exercises you can do throughout the day to prevent the toe’s contracture from getting worse.
Wear protective padding: Before putting on shoes it’s not a bad idea to apply a protective pad to the hammertoe to prevent it from rubbing against your shoes and developing a painful corn or callus.
If you think you might be dealing with a hammertoe but you aren’t sure turn to Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN for a diagnosis. Call our office today to find out how we can help treat your hammertoe.
Got bunions? A bunion is a bony prominence that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Many individuals unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment. Because bunions are progressive, they usually get worse without treatment. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry, with offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, offers treatments for bunions.
Bunions are often referred to as hallux valgus. A bunion is an unnatural, bony bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions can be mild, moderate, or severe. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to walk. Bunions can last for years or be lifelong.
Causes of Bunions
Bunions are often caused by wearing footwear that is too tight across the toes. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear high heels and narrow shoes. Some conditions, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Bunions can also run in families. Certain foot types make people prone to developing bunions.
Symptoms of Bunions
Bunions often cause inflammation and pain around the joint at the base of the affected toe. The skin may become warm or red. Symptoms may also include a burning sensation or numbness. Some people with bunions have sores between the toes or calluses on the big toe. In some cases, bunions cause no symptoms.
In most cases, a podiatrist can diagnose a bunion though physical exam. During the exam, your podiatrist may ask you to move your toe back and forth to check for limited movement. Your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist may order an X-ray to determine the degree of the deformity. Once your doctor has evaluated your condition, a treatment plan that is suited to your needs can be developed.
Treatment of Bunions
To treat your bunion, your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist may recommend a medication to reduce the discomfort and inflammation. Your doctor may pad and tape your bunion to keep it in a normal position. Padding and taping the bunion can ease your pain and prevent your bunion from getting worse. In some cases, orthotics may be provided by the podiatrist. In some cases, surgery is required to treat a bunion.
Don't let a bunion hold you back in life. Call Prestige Podiatry at 317-846-4111 today to schedule an appointment in Carmel, IN. Call 317-881-0070 to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, IN. We will help you get rid of that bunion once and for all. We want you to live your best possible life!
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