Bunions can be difficult to live with and can cause issues when wearing shoes that may not fit perfectly. It’s important to talk to your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, about what treatments would be best for you and easing any bunion pain you may struggle with.
Ways to Treat Bunions
When dealing with bunions, it’s important to seek treatment from your Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor sooner rather than later. Bunions are a bone deformity that forms at the bottom of the joint of the big toe. Bunions appear as a bulge on the side of the foot next to the big toe. You may experience pain because of the bunion rubbing against the sides of your shoes and the skin may become red and tender.
Since bunions are a bone deformity, they will not go away on their own, but there are ways that you can relieve the pain associated with bunions. Some common forms of treatment may include:
- Protective Padding- This is normally made of a felt-like material and is used to stop friction from irritating the bunions and helps to remedy any inflammation happening to the skin.
- Wearing Fitted Shoes- Wearing shoes that may be too tight and cause the bunions to rub against the sides of your shoes. It may also cause your bunions to feel sore and painful. In order to help your bunions feel comfortable and cut down on irritation, it’s important to wear shoes that fit properly and can give your feet the room and space they need.
- Orthotics- Orthotics are designed to help stabilize your joints and keep your feet in the correct position.
- Foot Exercises- There are a number of exercises designed to help your foot mobility and stop your feet from feeling stiff when on your feet for a long time.
- Splints- Your foot doctor may recommend wearing nighttime splints to help keep the joints aligned properly.
- Surgery- Depending on the severity of your bunions, you may need to undergo surgery in order to remove the bunion and realign the big toe.
Contact Your Foot Doctor Today!
Stop suffering from bunion pain and contact your doctor about treatment today! Call Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, at (317) 846-4111 for the office in Carmel, IN, and (317) 881-0070 for the office in Indianapolis, IN, today!
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
- 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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