Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: January, 2019

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
January 23, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Hammertoe  

Find out how hammertoes occur and what you can do to prevent it from getting worse.

HammertoeA hammertoe is a foot deformity that causes the joint in the smaller toes to bend downward. This is often the result of a muscle imbalance within the feet. Since the toes are bent they are also more likely to rub against shoes and develop calluses. So, how do you know if you have a hammertoe, and when should you visit your Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for an evaluation?

Do I have a hammertoe?

If you notice that the small toes bend downward at the middle joint then chances are good that you are dealing with a hammertoe. There are two types: a flexible hammertoe and a rigid hammertoe. As you might be able to guess from the names alone, a flexible hammertoe is one in which you can straighten it out.

A rigid hammertoe is permanently deformed and cannot be straightened out. In the case of a rigid hammertoe, the only way to fix this issue is by getting surgery to repair the damaged joint.

I have a hammertoe. Now what?

So, our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor just told you that you have a hammertoe. The next step is to prevent the issue from getting worse. Many people develop hammertoes but never develop pain or other issues as a result. Common ways to treat a hammertoe include,

Wearing appropriate footwear: This is the most important piece of advice to follow if you want to prevent hammertoes or keep your hammertoe from getting worse. If you want to avoid surgery to correct the hammertoe then you’ll want to wear shoes that give your toes enough room so they aren’t bunched up. Also, make sure that the shoes you wear have ample arch support.

Stretching and strengthening exercises: That’s right! You can do foot exercises every day to help strengthen the muscles of the toes. Our podiatrist would be happy to show you a couple of exercises you can do throughout the day to prevent the toe’s contracture from getting worse.

Wear protective padding: Before putting on shoes it’s not a bad idea to apply a protective pad to the hammertoe to prevent it from rubbing against your shoes and developing a painful corn or callus.

If you think you might be dealing with a hammertoe but you aren’t sure turn to Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN for a diagnosis. Call our office today to find out how we can help treat your hammertoe.


By Carmel Foot & Ankle
January 15, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

Bunion TreatmentGot bunions? A bunion is a bony prominence that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Many individuals unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment. Because bunions are progressive, they usually get worse without treatment. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry, with offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, offers treatments for bunions. 

About Bunions

Bunions are often referred to as hallux valgus. A bunion is an unnatural, bony bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions can be mild, moderate, or severe. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to walk. Bunions can last for years or be lifelong. 

Causes of Bunions

Bunions are often caused by wearing footwear that is too tight across the toes. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear high heels and narrow shoes. Some conditions, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Bunions can also run in families. Certain foot types make people prone to developing bunions. 

Symptoms of Bunions

Bunions often cause inflammation and pain around the joint at the base of the affected toe. The skin may become warm or red. Symptoms may also include a burning sensation or numbness. Some people with bunions have sores between the toes or calluses on the big toe. In some cases, bunions cause no symptoms.

Diagnosing Bunions

In most cases, a podiatrist can diagnose a bunion though physical exam. During the exam, your podiatrist may ask you to move your toe back and forth to check for limited movement. Your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist may order an X-ray to determine the degree of the deformity. Once your doctor has evaluated your condition, a treatment plan that is suited to your needs can be developed.

Treatment of Bunions

To treat your bunion, your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist may recommend a medication to reduce the discomfort and inflammation. Your doctor may pad and tape your bunion to keep it in a normal position. Padding and taping the bunion can ease your pain and prevent your bunion from getting worse. In some cases, orthotics may be provided by the podiatrist. In some cases, surgery is required to treat a bunion.

Don't let a bunion hold you back in life. Call Prestige Podiatry at 317-846-4111 today to schedule an appointment in Carmel, IN. Call 317-881-0070 to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, IN. We will help you get rid of that bunion once and for all. We want you to live your best possible life!