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By Prestige Podiatry
November 02, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Hammertoes  

Are your toes bent and causing you pain? Your Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola of Prestige Podiatry, can help.

What Are Hammertoes

A hammertoe is a toe that has curled due to a bend in the middle joint. Hammertoe and mallet toe are foot deformities that occur due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight.

While not a medical emergency, hammertoe does worsen over time. It is necessary for people to see a doctor promptly after noticing any symptoms of hammertoe or other foot issues.

In some circumstances, a patient with a hammertoe may develop sores on the top of the middle joint of the affected toe because it is rubbing against their shoes. These sores can become infected. If there is any sign of infection, including pus, redness in the skin around the sore, or fever, you should visit your Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, podiatrist immediately.

Getting A Diagnosis

Your podiatrist can diagnose hammertoe by examining your toes and feet. X-rays of the feet are not needed to diagnose hammertoe, but they may be useful to look for signs of some types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or other disorders that can cause hammertoe. If the deformed toe is very painful, your doctor may recommend that you get a fluid sample from the joint so it can be checked for signs of infection.

Treatment for Mild Hammertoe

If the hammertoe is treated while the toe is still flexible, your doctor may recommend the following:

  • Exercises such as picking up marbles with the toe
  • Switching to proper footwear with low heels and a roomy toe box
  • Gently stretching the toe manually several times a day
  • Getting custom-made shoe inserts to reduce pain and stop the hammer toe from worsening
  • Using over the counter corn pads and foot straps to relieve some of the painful symptoms
  • Getting cortisone injections to relieve pain

More severe cases of hammertoe may require surgery to correct.

Contact your Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Agricola of Prestige Podiatry, to get back on your feet. Call (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 to book your appointment today.

By Prestige Podiatry
March 25, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Flat Feet  

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
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis

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.

By Prestige Podiatry
February 16, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Condition   Broken Foot  

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.

By Prestige Podiatry
October 21, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

Are you having difficulty walking? Painful ingrown toenails are a treatable and very common dilemma. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry is located in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

What is an ingrown toenail?

Sometimes the skin around the nail bed grows over the side of the top edge of the nail. This position can trap the nail, increasing the risk of fungal infection and swelling. A person can be born with a genetic propensity for ingrown toenails, or it may be circumstantial.

Who gets ingrown toenails?

Anyone can get an ingrown toenail, but it is more common amongst those who have stubbed their toe, wear tight shoes, keep long toenails, or are in adolescence.

How do you treat them?

  • You may take over the counter medication to temporarily ease the pain. Soaking your feet in warm water with some Epsom Salt may help. This treatment reduces inflammation and softens the skin.
  • Some nails are firmly lodged in the skin. They should not be pried forcefully away from the rest of the toe.
  • If you were successful and separating the nail from the skin and the toenail is long, see if you can safely attempt to cut the nail back. Shorter nails may need a barrier placed between them and the nail bed while they grow out. Congenital and deeper ingrown toenails may require surgery to get relief.
  • Sometimes, bacterial infections afflict the site, necessitating medical attention. If this happens to you, do not hesitate to see your doctor have your toe examined.

Frustrated with your ingrown toenails? The good news is that a specialist can solve your problem relatively fast. Call Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry at Carmel (317) 846-4111 or Indianapolis, IN, at (317) 881-0070 to schedule a consultation today.

By Prestige Podiatry
October 08, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

Your feet and ankles work hard to support the weight of your body -- pain, if left untreated, can make their job so much harder. When your feet struggle to function, you may need surgery to overcome your discomfort. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola offers foot and ankle surgery at Prestige Podiatry located in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

How do I know if I need foot or ankle surgery?

  • You have an accident or an injury that changes the structure of the foot or ankle
  • Being born with a defect that makes it hard to walk
  • Chronic pains in your foot do not go away
  • The pain in your foot increases with use or time
  • Orthotics, medications, and other non-surgical interventions do not work or have stopped working
  • Inability to fit shoes correctly
  • You’ve lost the ability to walk properly

Many common conditions that may require surgery include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel, ankle, and toe spurs
  • Extensive misalignment of the ankle
  • Ankle replacement
  • Torn tendons and ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a painful syndrome that is characterized by erosion of the cartilage in between the bones. Sometimes the erosion is too much, and the bones begin to rub together, causing long-lasting pain. A person in this situation may need surgery.

An outpatient procedure can correct many of these ailments, which means no lengthy hospital stays. After receiving treatment, your doctor will assist you with your therapy plan so that you can regain the full function of your foot. It is important not to rush into high impact activities during your healing process.

If you have attempted to manage your foot pain without success, contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel, IN, at (317) 846-4111 or Indianapolis, IN at (317) 881-0070.