Posts for: August, 2019
Toenail fungus, an unsightly and sometimes painful condition, is an unfortunately common complaint amongst adults. For decades, oral medications and over-the-counter creams have been the go-to solutions for toenail fungus, but laser treatments are quickly gaining in popularity due to their quick and reliable results.
Here at Prestige Podiatry in both Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, your podiatrist, Jeffrey Agricola, performs this procedure, and is confident in its effectiveness. Read on to learn if it is right for you!
How do I know if I have toenail fungus?
The signs of fungal nail infection can creep up gradually and worsen over time. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to diagnosis toenail fungus, as the condition generally causes yellowish discoloration of the nail, flaking or crumbling of the skin around the nail bed, and a thickening, curving, shifting, or creasing of the nail.
What makes laser treatment a good option for treating my toenail fungus?
While prescription oral medications have proven effective, as with all medications, there is a risk of side effects or adverse interactions with other medications you may be taking. Additionally, it takes time for your nail to regrow after the medication takes effect, creating a possibility for the fungus to return.
As for topical ointments, they are generally less effective than prescription medications, and may not completely eradicate the fungus or prevent it from coming back.
Conversely, laser treatment is a quick, painless, and FDA-endorsed procedure that has a very high success rate. Each session takes only around 30 minutes, and some people only need a single treatment to achieve the desired result.
How does laser treatment work?
Laser treatment eradicates fungus by killing the mold and infection with targeted heat. The powerful, yet safe, laser used by your podiatrist can penetrate the thickness of your toenail to reach all of the fungus.
The laser will be waved over all of your infected nails, a process lasting just around half an hour. You may need a follow-up treatment or two depending on how severe your toenail fungus is.
Interested? Give us a call
If you want to feel good about walking barefoot or showing off a pedicure, ask your podiatrist about laser treatment for your toenail fungus. Dial either (317) 846-4111 (Carmel office) or (317) 881-0070 (Indianapolis office) to arrange a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.
Just like a bunion usually affects the joint of the big toe, a hammertoe often affects the joints of the smaller toes. This joint deformity causes the small toes to curl or bend downward, resembling a claw. If you aren’t experiencing any pain or issues with this hammertoe you may think it’s not something to worry about; however, it’s important to turn to our Indianapolis foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Why should I treat my hammertoes?
A hammertoe is a progressive condition, so while it might seem minor right now problems could arise if you don’t properly care for your feet from here on out. The sooner our Indianapolis foot doctor diagnosis your hammertoe the sooner you can change your routine to accommodate and improve your foot health. There are certain simple lifestyle adjustments that you can make each and every day to prevent the hammertoe from getting worse.
These lifestyle modifications include:
- Wearing shoes that don’t bunch up the toes and give your toes enough room to wiggle and move around
- Not wearing socks or stockings that are too tight and restrictive
- Performing certain foot and toe exercises and stretches to help strengthen and retrain the muscles
If a hammertoe doesn’t receive the proper treatment it can progress from a flexible deformity to a rigid hammertoe. A rigid hammertoe means that the affect toe or toes will not be able to be straightened out. This can lead to persistent pain and discomfort, particularly during activity. A corn or callus may also develop on the hammertoe as the deformity gets worse, causing shoes to rub against the toe. At this point simple lifestyle modifications won’t be enough to treat a rigid hammertoe, the only way to correct the issue is through surgery to repair the damaged joint.
Are you concerned that one or more of your toes may be developing into hammertoes? Even these common problems can be prevented if you know what to do. Turn to our foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.
Playing a sport is fun, healthy, and keeps you physically fit, but it also comes with its downsides, including unexpected injuries. The US Department of Health and Human Services conducted a survey that found there are about 8.6 million injuries related to athletics or recreation each year. A good portion of those cases are injuries to the feet and ankles. Get familiar with the common sports injuries and how they can be treated by podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel, IN and Indianapolis, IN.
Common Foot-Related Sports Injuries
Almost every sport requires continuous use of the feet and ankles, from basketball to hockey to boxing. A wide array of potential foot injuries are possible, including:
- Ankle fractures and sprains or strains.
- Stress fractures.
- Achilles tendonitis.
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome (causes heel pain).
- Neuromas (thickened nerve tissues).
When to Seek Help for a Sports Injury
Some sports players try to “play through their pain”, hoping that the injury will go away or heal on its own, but that is not a wise course of action in the long-term. In many cases, the injury will get worse the more you continue to participate in athletics without seeing our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN foot doctor for therapy. Consult a podiatrist at the first sign of pain, weakness, or instability in the foot. In some cases, simply wrapping the foot or wearing an orthotic device could be the solution. In other cases, you may need a more aggressive treatment like surgery to treat your issue.
Sports Injury Prevention Tips
Though some injuries can’t be avoided, there are preventative actions you can take to reduce the chance of seriously hurting your feet. Here are a few tips to follow:
- Check your footwear to ensure that you are wearing the proper types of sneakers or cleats.
- Learn and practice foot stretching techniques before participating in sports.
- Know the RICE technique (rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the feet when there’s foot pain) and don’t hesitate to schedule a followup appointment with your podiatrist when needed.
Call for Help with Your Injury
It’s always a good idea to seek advice and treatment from a podiatrist after a sports injury. Call today to schedule a visit with podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel, IN and Indianapolis, IN. Call 317-846-4111- Carmel, IN; 317-881-0070- Indianapolis, IN.