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By Prestige Podiatry
October 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Here’s what you can do to banish athlete’s foot on your own.

Fungus lives all around us, particularly in environments that are warm, dark and damp. Therefore, they also find the spaces between toes an appealing place to thrive. This is why it’s so important to wear shoes when you’re in the locker room, gym shower or local pool. If you happen to catch athlete’s foot, it’s not the end of the world. Here’s what you can do to treat it yourself, as well as warning signs that it’s time to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for treatment.

How can I tell that it’s athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot causes a red rash between the toes. This rash may crack or peel. You may also notice soreness, burning or intense itching. While most cases of athlete’s foot develop between toes it may also develop on the heel or soles of the feet.

What can I do to treat athlete’s foot?

Most healthy individuals can treat their fungal infection from the comfort of their own home with over-the-counter antifungal creams or sprays that are designed specifically to treat athlete’s foot. Most mild to moderate forms of athlete’s foot will respond effectively to over-the-counter treatments.

Make sure to follow the instructions exactly to ensure that the infection is fully treated and won’t return. Once the fungal infection is gone, it’s important to keep your feet dry and to wear protective shoes or sandals when in community showers and locker rooms.

Once the infection is cleared you may also want to consider sprinkling talcum powder on your feet and in your shoes before putting shoes on. This can help to wick away moisture, which can attract fungus.

When should I turn to a doctor for treatment?

There are certain situations in which it’s best to turn to a doctor for treatment. Seek care from our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor if,

  • You have diabetes and you’ve developed athlete’s foot
  • You have a severe case of athlete’s foot (you may need a stronger, prescription medication)
  • Your athlete’s foot is spreading or getting worse
  • Home care and over-the-counter treatments are not providing you with relief
  • You develop recurring bouts of athlete’s foot

If you are dealing with recurring athlete’s foot or other fungal infections that affect the health of your feet or toenails, then turn to the podiatry experts at Prestige Podiatry. We have offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you. For the Carmel, IN, office, call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
July 24, 2020
Category: Foot Care

Laser treatment is among the most popular therapies for skin smoothening and hair reduction, but it can actually be used for treating stubborn onychomycosis or toenail fungus.

Here at Prestige Podiatry in our Indianapolis, IN, and Carmel, IN, offices, our foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, uses laser therapy for treating persistent toenail fungal infections.

How Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Works

The device used for laser toenail fungus therapy emits laser energy pulses that generate heat. When used for treating toenail fungus, the heat will be directed to the affected toenail so it can reach the fungus in the nail bed, which is where it thrives. The infected tissue will then be gasified and then decompose, killing the fungal infection.

The Results of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Some individuals see great results with just one laser treatment, while others may need extra sessions depending on their specific results. Obvious signs that the treatment is working include:

  • The disappearance of flaky debris on the infected nail
  • Resolution of brown, white, or yellowish discoloration in the infected toenail
  • Normal texture and shape of new toenail growth without the modified shape, bumps, or thickness
  • Resolution of onycholysis, which happens when the toenail detaches from the nail bed

A session of laser treatment for toenail fungal infection usually lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Toenail fungal infections typically need a couple of laser sessions with your foot doctor in our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office before completely going away. Additionally, depending on the severity of the toenail fungus and your specific circumstances, it might take about six months to 18 months of laser treatment to experience the full effects of the treatment.

Need More Information on Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment? Talk to Us

Schedule a visit with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here at Prestige Podiatry. Dial (317) 881-0070 to reach our Indianapolis, IN, office or (317) 846-4111 to reach our Carmel, IN, office.

By Prestige Podiatry
June 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions don’t grow overnight and tend to develop very slowly. Mainly, pressure on our big toe results in it leaning towards the second or adjacent toe. Gradually, the bone’s normal structure changes and causes a bunion to form. This bump or deformity would increase in size gradually and then make it very painful for you to walk or even wear shoes.

Fortunately, you can alleviate pain from bunions and prevent them from worsening with home treatments and help from your podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry, in our Indianapolis, IN, or Carmel, IN, office.

Invest in Comfortable and Supportive Footwear

Combat pain with comfort by investing in shoes that will be able to fully support your feet. Primarily, you should avoid shoes with heels and narrow toe boxes. Although they might look cute, these kinds of shoes will reinforce your big toe’s misalignment, resulting in your toe angling towards the neighboring toe. In addition, shoes that you wear for playing sports, training, or exercising should also fit properly and support your feet when you move.

Talk to Your Podiatrist About Orthotics

Orthotic devices are prescribed and customized by your podiatrist in our Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, office. These are very effective in regulating weight distribution to help decrease the pressure on your big toe, where your pain is coming from. Remember, easing pain and delaying the progression of your bunion is your goal.

Orthotics likewise help slow down a bunion’s progression since they stabilize the joint of the big toe and other bones in your affected foot. Take note though that when the time comes that orthotics and home treatments fail to keep your pain in check, you may need to undergo bunion surgery or bunionectomy.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight is Crucial

Are you aware that approximately that up to three times your body’s weight goes right into each step you take? So unless you plan on not walking entirely, being overweight will aggravate your already irritated big to joint. But if you keep your weight in check, you could significantly reduce the pressure on your toe to reduce inflammation, and in turn, swelling and pain.

So you see, living with bunions is manageable with the right treatments. And while these won’t get rid of your bunion, they could really help prevent its progression. For persistent bunion pain, other treatments or surgery may be needed.

For Advice or Concerns About Bunions, We Can Help

Arrange a consultation with your podiatrist here at Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, by calling our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070 or our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111.

By Prestige Podiatry
May 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Find out how to get heel pain under control and when you should see a qualified doctor.

Dealing with heel pain? If so, then you know just how annoying and frustrating this problem can be. It can easily keep you benched from doing a lot of the physical activities you love. If symptoms are persistent or unresponsive to home care our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can help you get back on your feet.

How do you know that you have plantar fasciitis?

Your heel pain may be caused by plantar fasciitis if,

  • Your pain is worse when first standing or getting up in the morning
  • Your pain decreases as you move around or exercise (but will quickly return once you stop)
  • Your pain radiates from the bottom of the heel to the arches of your feet

If you do have plantar fasciitis here are some ways to ease your symptoms,

Home Care

The best thing you can do if you want the inflamed plantar fascia to heal quickly is to rest. This means avoiding any exercises or activities that could exacerbate your symptoms. When seated, elevate your feet to reduce swelling. Other ways to ease symptoms include,

  • Performing gentle foot stretches and exercises
  • Wearing supportive footwear
  • Avoiding high heels, flip flops and other shoes that won’t provide feet with ample support

Seeing a Podiatrist

It’s time to turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor if,

  • The pain isn’t responding to at-home care
  • The pain is severe and you’re unable to get through your normal routine
  • The pain hasn’t improved or has gotten worse, after two weeks of home care
  • You notice numbness, weakness or tingling in the heel
  • You have diabetes

Professional Treatment

It’s particularly important that patients with diabetes or circulation problems see a podiatrist right away if they experience heel pain or other problems. If home care isn’t providing you with the relief you need a doctor may recommend,

  • An anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Steroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Surgery (only in severe, chronic cases)

Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, is here to provide you with the relief you need if you are dealing with persistent or severe heel pain. Call us today at to learn more. For the Carmel, IN, office, please call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
February 18, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Footcare  

Here at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola makes diabetic patients a top priority. After all, diabetes is a dangerous condition, that if mismanaged, can result in severe consequences. These problematic issues include tingling and pain in the lower extremities, numbness, and an increased risk for infections. Consequently, proper foot care is necessary to increase blood flow, optimize foot, leg, and ankle health, and ultimately avoid amputation. If you have diabetes and require more knowledge on the importance of proper foot care, please read on.

Why is Diabetic Foot Care Important?

Diabetes raises blood sugar, and when sugar levels are high, they can damage the nerves within the feet and eventually lead to peripheral neuropathy. Proper diabetic foot care is necessary to prevent, manage, and treat circulation problems, blisters, cuts, wounds, and other complications. Monitoring the feet daily with proper instructions from your podiatrist can make all the difference in your condition.

Diabetic Foot Care at Home

In between visits to Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Agricola encourages diabetic patients to practice proper foot care by inspecting their feet daily at home and utilizing the following tips:

  • Cut nails straight across, but not too short, and file the edges
  • Wear clean, dry socks, change them when wet
  • Keep feet warm and dry at all times
  • Moisturize your feet, but not between the toes
  • Keep blood sugar levels under control

Most importantly, don't ever attempt to remove a corn or callus by yourself. Visit one of our locations immediately for appropriate treatment.

When to Visit a Podiatrist

For optimal foot health, individuals with diabetes should see a podiatrist on an annual basis. That helps with early detection and prevention of ulcers, open wounds, and other complications. During a periodic foot exam, Dr. Agricola can check if you are wearing the proper footwear, in addition to performing a physical exam to ensure that your ankle, foot, and nail health are in good standing. We highly recommend visiting our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office, if you experience one or more of the following:

  • Open sores
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ingrown or infected toenails
  • Swelling or pain in the legs, foot or ankle
  • Dry cracks in the skin around the heel
  • Changes in skin color or temperature

 

Contact Us

If you have diabetes and need assistance with your daily foot care, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola to prevent complications. Proper foot care is critical for those with this condition, and visiting a podiatrist can improve your quality of foot and general health. For more information about diabetic foot care, other conditions we treat, and services provided at Prestige Podiatry, visit our website. To schedule an appointment in our Carmel, IN, office, please call (317) 846-4111. For our Indianapolis, IN, location, please call (317) 881-0070.