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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.

By Prestige Podiatry
December 17, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Don’t let heel pain tell you how you should live your life.

Are you dealing with a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel that shoots outwards to the arches of your feet? If you said yes then you heel paincould be one of the roughly 2 million Americans who deal with heel pain. Heel pain is one of the reasons patients come to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for an evaluation. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that can affect anyone. Here’s what you should know about plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, starting at the bottom of the heel and stretching all the way to between the toes. This connective tissue provides the arches of your feet with support.

In the very beginning, most people only notice a little bit of achiness or soreness in their heel after a run or working out. Unfortunately, this condition will gradually get worse, leading to severe inflammation and microtears within the plantar fascia. When this happens, heel pain sets in.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

While we know that athletes hate to hear it, our Indianapolis foot doctor will most likely tell you that the quickest way to heal your plantar fascia is to rest. This means avoiding high-impact activities for up to 6 weeks. If you don’t heed this warning and continue to run anyway, you may end up causing more severe damage that will take even longer to heal.

Along with ample rest, stretching the feet several times a day (particularly in the morning and after long bouts of sitting) can help loosen up the tight, stiff connective tissue. Pain relievers can also help to alleviate pain and swelling when symptoms flare up.

Talk with your podiatrist about whether you could also benefit from custom shoe inserts (also known as orthotics). Orthotics are placed into the shoes to take the pressure off the heels and arches and to redistribute the weight evenly throughout the foot to reduce sore spots.

If your plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to home treatment then your podiatrist may recommend other strategies for healing the damaged tissue. One such way is through extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), which directs sound waves into the fascia to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Getting regular shockwave therapy sessions may be particularly effective for chronic heel pain sufferers and could even prevent some patients from needing to undergo surgery.

Prestige Podiatry has offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are dealing with new or recurring heel pain it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to when it matters most. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Agricola.

By Prestige Podiatry
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns  

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 cornspeople 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
  • Bunions
  • 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.