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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.

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 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
July 07, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

Lots of people experience ankle and foot pain that doesn’t need surgical intervention. If you think might need surgery for your pain, however, an evaluation with your podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here at Prestige Podiatry in our Indianapolis, IN, or Carmel, IN, is a must.

The goal of surgery is to manage whatever injury or foot deformity you may have to help ensure the best possible outcomes and get you moving without pain. Together, you and your podiatrist in Indianapolis can determine a plan going forward. In the meantime, below are some simple guidelines that can help you evaluate your eligibility for surgery.

You Have Ankles and Feet That are Susceptible to Injury

Since your ankles and feet bear the weight and support the impact of your entire body, they're injured fairly easily. Spraining, twisting, and fracturing these body parts are very common due to strenuous physical activity, wearing high-heeled or ill-fitting footwear, or even a misstep or trip.

Additionally, once a tendon or ligament has been damaged, they become loose and more susceptible to future injury. But while ankle and foot injuries are surprisingly common, they’re more common in athletes. You'll want to talk to your podiatrist Indianapolis if you're worried about an injury. Both offices in Indianapolis and Carmel IN are available to help.

Warning Signs That You Might Require Surgical Intervention

  • Constant heel pain
  • Chronic ankle and foot pain
  • Pain that makes you limp and/or pain when you move
  • An overly-huge bunion, advanced hammertoe, neuroma, or bone spur, that’s causing pain and walking difficulties
  • Pain during intense physical activities
  • Joint redness, warmth, and swelling
  • Intense tenderness on the joint whenever pressure is applied to it
  • Increased swelling and pain, especially when getting up in the morning, and/or after resting or sitting
  • You have advanced osteoarthritis, posttraumatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, go to your podiatrist in our Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, office for a comprehensive evaluation of your case. Depending on your specific condition and symptoms, you might need ankle arthroscopic injury, hammertoe surgery, a bunionectomy, or something else. Keep in mind that your ankles and feet shouldn’t cause you pain so if you’re feeling pain in these areas, get it checked right away by your podiatrist Indianapolis.

Wondering If You Need Foot and Ankle Surgery? Speak to Us

Arrange an assessment with your podiatrist here at Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Call our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070 or our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111.

By Prestige Podiatry
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Flat Feet  

What are fallen arches, and could it be the cause of your foot pain?

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a common problem that you may not even realize you have. Even if you have flat feet, if you aren’t experiencing problems then you probably won’t need treatment; however, if you are experiencing foot, leg or hip pain then you may want to turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for treatment.

What problems can flat feet cause?

It’s possible that you could have flat feet but not experience any problems. If so, then you won’t need to treat the problem; however, many people with fallen arches will experience tired, achy and painful feet, often around the heels and arches of the foot. Sometimes the soles of the feet may even become swollen.

If problematic flat feet aren’t properly treated and cared for then pain may radiate to the back and legs. If you are experiencing these warning signs of flat feet then it’s time to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor for treatment.

What can a podiatrist do?

When you come into the office, we will examine your feet to determine if flat feet is causing your symptoms. We will also ask you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing to determine whether additional testing may be required. Every patient has different needs and experiences of different types and severities of symptoms. By understanding how your flat feet are affecting your day-to-day routine and habits we will be able to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. The main goal of flat feet treatment is to help you find effective solutions to help you manage your pain. Some treatment options may include,

  • Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Rest
  • Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Special shoes

Do you find yourself massaging your sore, achy feet every day? If you are having trouble managing your foot pain, then it’s time to call Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry. Call our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111 or our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070.