Posts for: February, 2019
Find out what’s going on and what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.
While 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.
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, there 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:
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.
Learn more about the most common sports-related injuries and how to prevent them.
Keeping your feet safe and healthy is important, particularly if you are an athlete. We know just how frustrating it can be to get out on the field and sustain an injury that keeps you benched for weeks on end. Our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can evaluate and treat your sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
Some common sports-related injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures
- Broken bones
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
Of course, the goal of any athlete should be to prevent an injury from occurring in the first place; however, we also know that accidents happen and it’s important that you have a foot doctor to turn to when problems arise.
When should I see a podiatrist?
It’s a good idea to visit us for an evaluation if you are dealing with a foot or ankle injury and you aren’t sure what the problem is or how to care for the injury. We can examine the foot and conduct imaging tests to determine what’s going on. It’s best to turn to a doctor for care if you are dealing with:
- Severe pain or swelling
- The inability to move or bend the foot
- Symptoms that don’t go away after at-home care
- Symptoms that affect your ability to work out or train
- Joint locking or swelling
- The inability to put weight on the affected foot or ankle
- Numbness, weakness or tingling
If you or your child is dealing with any of these symptoms as a result of a sports-related injury then it’s time to give us a call to schedule an appointment. Fortunately, there are certain habits you can adopt to prevent foot and ankle injuries from happening to you. This includes,
- Training even during the off-season to keep the body limber, strong and prepared to handle the physical demands.
- Getting a sports physical from your doctor each year to make sure that you are healthy enough for your chosen sport.
- Treating any injuries right away, as this could prevent more serious complications in the long run.
- Stretching and warming up the body prior to the game, which will help warm up the ligaments and blood vessels within the feet and ankle to prevent injuries.
- Remember to wear the appropriate footwear for your sport of choice, as well as the proper protective gear.
If you are dealing with a sports-related injury that requires podiatric care then it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis. Take care of your feet so they can take care of you.