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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.
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
- 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.
Do you need to see a doctor if you sprained your ankle?
An ankle sprain is a common injury that often occurs when the joint is jerked out of place. While minor sprains can often be treated from the comfort of your own home you should visit our Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- A misshapen or deformed ankle
- Extreme pain
- Severe swelling
- Unable to put weight on the foot or walk
- Limited range of motion
- Ankle that is tender to the touch
How should I treat an ankle sprain?
How you treat this injury will depend on how severe it is. Mild sprains can often be treated at home with rest and conservative care. Many people follow the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These things can reduce pain and swelling and help the joint heal faster.
Compression can include things such as soft ankle braces, which also provide the injured ankle with support and stabilization when you do have to move around. You may also choose to taken a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help ease pain. It’s important to rest as much as possible within the first 48 hours after the injury. If you don’t notice any of the symptoms above then the ankle may have healed.
When should I see a podiatrist?
As we mentioned above, any severe symptoms warrant seeing our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor to determine whether it’s a sprain or whether there is something else going on. Sometimes symptoms can overlap with other problems such as a fractured ankle, so seeing a doctor for care is the best way to make sure that any issues are taken care of.
Our podiatrist can also show you a variety of exercises and stretches that you can do throughout the day to reduce symptoms and improve range of motion. Those with more serious ankle sprains may require physical therapy or other more aggressive treatment options. Rarely is surgery necessary for treating an ankle sprain.
Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, is here to provide you with the care you need to get foot and ankle problems under control. If you think you’re dealing with an ankle sprain call our office today for an appointment.
Find out when surgery may be the best approach to treating your foot and ankle problems.
We know how important it is for patients to avoid surgery. That is why it’s important to visit our Indianapolis foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, as soon as an issue arises so that you can get the conservative care and treatment you need to heal effectively without surgery. However, there are certain situations and conditions that may be better off with surgery. These problems include,
A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe that can cause serious pain and swelling, particularly during activity. While conservative care is the first course of action to prevent a bunion from getting worse, patients dealing with severe pain/inflammation that isn’t responding to at-home care and is consequently affecting everyday activities may require surgery.
Bunion surgery is truly the only treatment option that repairs the damaged joint and realigns it. Since bunion surgery often requires extensive downtime, this is a procedure to consider only if you’ve exhausted all other treatment options.
Along with bunions, hammertoes are another common foot deformity that can also be managed with simple at-home care; however, if you ignore the problem or don’t properly care for your feet, the deformity will get worse until the hammertoe becomes inflexible or rigid. Once this occurs, you’ll be unable to straighten the toe, and your Indianapolis foot surgeon may have to recommend hammertoe surgery. While surgery is the only way to correct a hammertoe, wearing proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes can slow the deformity’s progression if the problem is caught early enough.
Arthritis is another chronic condition that can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and damage if you don’t seek treatment for your symptoms. There are many medications on the market today that can slow the progression of arthritis, which is why it’s important to see a doctor at the first signs of arthritis; however, if your arthritis symptoms are severe enough to affect mobility and your day-to-day routine then it may be time to consider surgery.
Give Us a Call
Are you dealing with any of the issues above? Not getting the relief you deserve with home treatment? If so, it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, today to schedule a consultation with our foot and ankle surgeon. Dial either (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.
Wondering if you have plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the band of tendon-like tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. The condition is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is treatable by medical professionals. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, Prestige Podiatry (offices in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN) offers a full range of podiatric services to their patients. Here are 4 signs that you may have plantar fasciitis.
1. Foot Pain: Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. Many people describe the pain as feeling like an ache or a bruise. The pain may develop gradually and worsen over time. The pain may be worse after you step out of bed in the morning, although it can also be triggered by standing over prolonged periods or rising from sitting. The pain is typically worse after (but not during) exercise or other activity.
2. Stiffness: Plantar fasciitis can cause stiffness and limited range of motion of the foot. Climbing stairs can be difficult due to stiffness in the foot. Physical therapy is an important part of plantar fasciitis treatment. Physical therapy can reduce stiffness, as well as improve range of motion, making you more mobile.
3. Numbness: Plantar fasciitis can cause numbness in the bottom of the foot. If you experience numbness in your foot, you may have little or no sensation. Numbness of the foot can also occur because of nerve damage, an injury, and poor circulation to the foot (such as with diabetes).
4. Inflammation: Plantar fasciitis is associated with inflammation and warmth on the bottom of the foot. The inflammation is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. There may also be tenderness of the bottom of the heel. The key to a proper diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is an examination by a podiatrist.
Whether your goal is getting back to the office, the gym, sports, hobbies, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Call one of Prestige Podiatry's offices today to schedule a consultation with our Indianapolis podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola- 317-846-4111- Carmel, IN; 317-881-0070- Indianapolis, IN. Our state-of-the-art plantar fasciitis treatments will do you a world of good.