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By Carmel Foot & Ankle
February 26, 2019
Category: Foot Health

Find out what’s going on and what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.

Heel PainWhile heel pain is rarely serious our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola understands just how much of a nuisance it can be to have pain when walking or standing. Heel pain often develops either underneath or on the back of the heel, and the location of the pain can alert us to what might be causing your heel pain. In most cases, a condition known as plantar fasciitis is to blame.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Dealing with heel pain that is stabbing and painful, especially when first waking up in the morning? If so, chances are good that you might be dealing with an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is the most common cause of heel pain and it can lead to pain not just in the heel but also the arches of the feet.

Along with pain you may also notice that the heel feels stiff or is at its worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting. Often the pain begins to lessen over the day as you begin to move around; however, any kind of physical activity can often make the pain worse.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

It’s important to know what’s causing your heel pain as soon as possible, particularly if this is your first time dealing with heel pain. After all, there are many heel pain causes and it’s important that our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor is able to evaluate your feet to determine the cause before you prescribe to a specific treatment plan.

If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis this is usually an easy fix. In most cases, you can ease symptoms until the plantar fascia heals by following these simple care instructions,

  • Ice the heel 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time to keep swelling and pain at bay
  • Take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to combat bouts of pain and inflammation
  • Wear shoes that provide proper support and cushioning for the feet, particularly the arches
  • Consider having custom orthotics (shoe inserts) made, which can provide your feet with ample shock absorption and support while walking or standing
  • Perform stretching and strengthening exercises to improve the function and mobility of the soft tissue within the feet

If your heel pain isn’t responding to a week of at-home care, or if symptoms are getting worse then we will need to discuss other treatment options that can help speed up the healing process.

 

Do you have questions about plantar fasciitis? Dealing with heel pain for the first time? If so, don’t hesitate to call your foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to answer your questions or to receive proper podiatric care.

By Prestige Podiatry
February 19, 2019
Category: Foot Health

Find out when it might be time to consider foot or ankle surgery.

While the goal of our Indianapolis podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, is to be able to prevent the need for surgery whenever possible, therefoot and ankle surgery are certain conditions or factors that make such procedures the most effective way to repair an injury or a podiatric disorder. It might be time to visit our Indianapolis, IN, foot and ankle surgeon if you are dealing with,

  • A serious injury such as a broken bone or fracture
  • A medical condition that affects your feet (e.g. diabetes)
  • Severe or persistent heel pain
  • Difficulty moving or walking around due to foot problems
  • A deformity, growth, or tumor
  • Changes in the shape or appearance of your feet or ankles

Fortunately, we are equipped to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems. While you may not immediately turn to surgery to treat your condition, here are some of the most commonly performed foot and ankle surgical procedures:

Bunionectomy

While most people with bunions won’t ever need to resort to surgery there are some situations in which the best option is to repair the deformed joint. It might be time to talk to us about your bunion surgery options if your pain is persistent and severe, if it’s affecting your ability to walk around and stand, or if you are unable to wear shoes without discomfort.

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that commonly causes heel pain. While plantar fasciitis will often respond quite well to conservative care and rest, there are some rather serious cases in which the best option is to perform a simple plantar fascia release. This is only necessary if your symptoms haven’t responded to any treatment options, if you are unable to go about your daily routine due to heel pain, or if your symptoms have persisted for over nine months.

Ankle Surgeries Due to Arthritis

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) there are medications and other ways to reduce joint inflammation while also slowing the progression of joint damage; however, those with severe osteoarthritis or RA may require surgery in order to alleviate ongoing symptoms or to repair severely damaged joints. Common procedures include ankle fusions or ankle replacements.

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you are dealing with a persistent and serious foot or ankle problem in Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, call Prestige Podiatry today to find out how we can help you manage your conditions and reduce your symptoms. Dial (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
December 07, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Have you been having persistent trouble with your feet or ankles? Conservative treatments, including physical therapy exercises and orthotics, can do wonders with patience and consistency. But some patients need foot or ankle surgery to correct their problems. Get an idea of when  foot  or ankle surgery may be needed and find out for sure by visiting podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel or Indianapolis, IN.

Types of Foot or Ankle Surgery
Podiatrists use a variety of surgical techniques to correct foot and ankle problems. Here are some of the types of surgeries recommended for patients with various ailments:

- Bunionectomy (to remove or realign unsightly bunion deformities).
- Ankle arthroplasty (joints in the ankle are reconstructed or replaced).
- Metatarsal foot surgery (fixes issues related to the ball of the foot).
- Plantar fascia release (part of the ligament is cut to relieve tension and heel pain).
- Fusion surgeries (fuses bones together to help alleviate arthritic symptoms).

When Is Foot Surgery Needed?
Doctors and their patients usually prefer to go with conservative, non-invasive methods of correcting foot problems. That may include wearing specialized orthotics each day, getting corticosteroid injections for pain, or doing physical therapy. But when these methods do not correct the problem in a reasonable amount of time, or the issue has become potentially disabling, your Carmel and Indianapolis, IN  podiatrist  may suggest surgery.

Aftercare for Foot and Ankle Surgery
Some foot and ankle surgeries are done rather quickly, and you can go home the same day. But caring for your feet after the surgery is crucial to the entire process. Expect to take at least a few weeks off from your usual activities (depends on doctor’s orders) for proper healing. Use icing and heat techniques as suggested by your podiatrist to keep down inflammation or swelling and relieve pain. You’ll likely need to attend regular sessions with your podiatrist to do physical therapy exercises for the best results.

Have Your Feet Evaluated
Let a podiatrist at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel or Indianapolis, IN take a closer look at your feet, including a physical exam and scans. You may be a good candidate for foot or ankle surgery. Call (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
November 09, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Calluses  

CallusesIf you have a flat, rough patch of skin on your feet or toes, you likely have a callus, which affects most adults by the time they turn 65 years old. While many people don't experience any problems with their calluses, others may experience pain while wearing shoes and walking or standing due to pressure against the protruding area of dead skin. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, your foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, is well-trained in helping his patients manage painful calluses.

How calluses form

The reason why your skin forms calluses is actually a good sign that your immune system is working properly. The skin responds to the repeated friction, perceiving it as a potential injury, so it begins to "toughen up," becoming thick and coarse to prevent a wound from forming. Calluses commonly form where your foot comes into contact with either your shoe or the ground: on the soles of the feet, both the ball and the heel areas, as well as the outside edge of the big toe or pinky toe.

Treating painful calluses

Not all calluses cause pain, but if you're experiencing discomfort in the area where a callus has formed, your Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor can help you. People with diabetes and other issues with circulation and nerve response who develop calluses, painful or not, should contact their podiatrist immediately to prevent any secondary infections from developing. Dr. Agricola may recommend a custom shoe insert to redistribute the pressure on your feet or a change in footwear. He may also apply a salicylic acid solution to the callus, which will help break it down and then shave or cut the dead skin away. Salicylic acid has long been used to treat warts.

If you're experiencing foot pain of any kind, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola is here to help you! Contact Prestige Podiatry at either of our Indiana-based locations - Indianapolis or Carmel - for an appointment today!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
August 21, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Do you think you sprained your ankle?

sprained ankle treatmentA sprained ankle is a very common injury. Whether you twisted your ankle while shooting hoops or from stepping off the sidewalk, it’s important that you recognize the symptoms of a sprain so that you can turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola as soon as possible. It’s important not to just ignore a sprained ankle, as this can lead to further sprains in the future and chronic instability.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle is when one or more ligaments in the ankle have been overstretched or torn. When this happens you will immediately experience pain. Along with pain, you may also notice:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range-of-motion
  • The inability to bear weight on the ankle
  • Weakness

In some cases, you may also have heard a popping or snapping sound at the moment of the injury. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor who can diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan for you.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

If your sprained ankle is minor than rest and at-home care is all that will be needed. The most common treatment method is better known as RICE:

Rest: The best thing you can do is stay off the ankle until it heals. Depending on the severity of the sprain this can take several weeks. In some cases, our doctor may place your foot in a boot to make it safer and easier to move around without putting much weight on the injury.

Ice: To keep swelling and pain to a minimum it’s important to ice your ankle for at least the first three days after your injury. Remember to always wrap an ice pack in a towel before applying to your bare skin (putting ice directly on bare skin can result in severe burns). Leave the ice on your ankle for no more than 20 minutes. Ice 2-3 times a day.

Compression: Another method for reducing swelling is to wearing compression stockings, which can promote blood flow to the area and also speed up the healing process. Talk to your foot doctor about the best compression stockings to use.

Elevation: Another way to reduce swelling and bruising is to prop your injured foot up above your weight. Do this whenever you are sitting down or resting.

In some cases, physical therapy and rehabilitation will also be advised to restore and restrengthen the muscles, tissues and ligaments in the ankle. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

If you suspect that you or a loved one might have sprained their ankle it’s important that you have a foot doctor that you trust. Here at Prestige Podiatry, we offer two convenient locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call us today for quick and comprehensive foot and ankle care!