Podiatrist Blog

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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!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
July 16, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Thanks to their location, your feet take a beating daily, carrying you from one place to another and ensuring that you can carry out your heel paindaily tasks. Without healthy feet, you may find yourself having difficulty doing the most simple of things, such as checking the mail or walking to your car. Heel pain is a common but potentially serious condition which can come from many sources. Luckily, with help from your podiatrist, you can beat heel pain and get back on your feet quickly. Find out more about heel pain treatments with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain is a common occurrence, especially in those who are on their feet for extended periods of time. Heel pain is often the symptom of another problem but can occur on its own. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the thick band of tissue on the underside of the foot becomes inflamed. Heel bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, and conditions like severs disease can also cause heel pain.

How can I prevent heel pain? 
Even if you take great care of your feet, you may still experience heel pain at some point. However, ensuring you wear good, sturdy shoes can help reduce your chances of heel pain. Be sure to wear the right shoes for the task you perform, such as running shoes for jogging or basketball shoes for shooting hoops. Be sure to rest your feet properly. Talk with your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist about custom orthotics to further improve your support and decrease your chances of experiencing heel pain.

Treating Heel Pain in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN
Heel pain treatments depend on the underlying cause of the pain and its severity. For example, some cases of heel pain may be best treated by the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). However, other patients may find physical therapy helps them most. In more severe cases, injection therapy or even surgery may solve the issue at hand. Your podiatrist can help you determine your best and most effective treatment options.

For more information on treating heel pain or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 846-4111 to schedule your appointment in Carmel, and (317) 881-0070 to schedule your appointment in Indianapolis today!

By Prestige Podiatry
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if that aching big toe could be the result of a bunion?bunions

A bunion is a common foot deformity that most often affects the joint at the base of your big toe, causing the joint to stick out. You may notice that suddenly your shoes fit a little too snugly around the area or that wearing shoes now causes you pain. If this is happening to you, our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, has the answers.

New foot pain should never go ignored. While you won’t want to rush into our office the minute you experience pain, if you are encountering these issues then you will want to come in and find out if a bunion could be to blame:

  • A visible bump at the base of the big toe
  • Any redness, swelling, or tenderness at or surrounding the joint
  • Severe or persistent pain
  • Pain when walking or wearing shoes

While a bunion is progressive, meaning that it can continue to get worse over time, there are simple measures that our Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist can help you incorporate into your daily life to make sure that your bunion doesn’t get worse and to keep pain and swelling to a minimum.

Some of these measures include:

  • Rest
  • Splinting or bracing the bunion
  • Applying a bunion pad to the area
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes (and avoiding high heels or shoes with pointy toes)
  • Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) into your shoes

While the only way to correct a bunion is with surgery, this is rarely needed unless someone is dealing with severe pain that makes it difficult to walk or impacts their quality of life. Our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor is by your side to provide you with the pain-relieving care and treatment options you need to reduce symptoms.

Prestige Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are concerned that your recent foot pain might be due to a bunion then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.