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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 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 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.

By Prestige Podiatry
January 29, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

This common foot deformity can often be corrected with simple conservative measures.

If you are noticing that your smaller toes are starting to bend at the middle joint this is a telltale sign of hammertoes. While most people are concerned about bunions, a hammertoe is another common foot deformity that can result from an imbalance of the muscles or tendons in the foot. If you are concerned that you might be dealing with a hammertoe, it’s first important to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for an evaluation.

I have a hammertoe. Now what?

So, our foot doctor told you that you have hammertoes. The good news is that now that you know you can put some lifestyle changes and habits in place to prevent this problem from getting worse. If you are dealing with the early stages of a hammertoe (also known as a flexible hammertoe) here are some simple ways to manage this issue,

  • Splint the toes to stretch out the imbalanced tendon in the foot to keep the smaller toes straight
  • Apply protective padding over the middle joint of the hammertoes to prevent a callus from forming
  • Perform daily toes and foot stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Wear shoes with roomy toe boxes that prevent toes from being bunched up
  • Avoid high heels or shoes with pointed toes

By catching your hammertoes early on and implementing the proper home care, you can prevent the tendon from becoming too tight. Daily exercises can also improve your foot’s flexibility.

When should I see a podiatrist?

First, you should visit our team if you aren’t sure whether or not you are dealing with a hammertoe. Of course, you should also consult us if home care isn’t providing you with relief or you are noticing new or worsening symptoms. If you notice your toes becoming stiff this is also a reason to schedule an evaluation with us.

Will I need surgery?

If you maintain proper foot hygiene you can often slow the progress of the hammertoe and never need surgery; however, if you have a rigid hammertoe that you can’t straighten out then surgery can correct the damaged joint to straighten out the toe or toes.

If you are experiencing persistent or recurring foot pain, it’s important that you have a qualified foot doctor here in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, who can provide you with the answers and treatment you need. Concerned about hammertoes? If so, call Prestige Podiatry at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 to schedule a visit with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.

By Prestige Podiatry
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

A bunion won't go away by itself. In fact, this bony prominence at the base of your big toe will worsen unless you seek treatment from your foot doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Agricola uses innovative strategies for this age-old acquired deformity, managing its pain and other symptoms.

Just what is a bunion?

It's a bump that develops at the bottom of the big toe. Unfortunately, it is not only unattractive, but it causes pain in the joint and skin irritation from friction inside your shoe.

Additionally, it changes the structure of the foot as a whole. The larger the bunion is, the more the big toe angles in toward the second and third toes, even crossing over them, impacting the ability to walk comfortably and put on shoes.

Causes and symptoms of bunions

While age plays a role in bunion development, inherited foot structure factors in as well. Add tight, narrow-toed shoes, and bunions begin. Accordingly, older women seem to develop bunions more often and more quickly, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Symptoms of bunions include:

  • An obvious bump
  • Redness and soreness caused by friction
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain when walking

Treating bunions

At Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, your foot doctor will go over your symptoms, examine your foot and take X-rays to determine how your bunion impacts the rest of your foot structure. While some people require a bunionectomy to remove the excess bone and straighten the toe joint, most people do well with more conservative strategies.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Shoe padding to reduce friction inside the shoe
  • Orthotics inside the shoe to correct biomechanical imbalances
  • A change in shoes to ones with low heels and roomy toe boxes
  • Analgesics, such as ibuprofen, for pain and swelling
  • Steroidal injections for any associated bursitis
  • Corn and callus removal

Better walking, better feet

If you suspect you're developing a bunion, please contact Prestige Podiatry for an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Let us help you feel your best and keep your active lifestyle. We have two locations. For Indianapolis, IN, phone us at (317) 881-0070, or in Carmel, call (317) 846-4111.