Posts for: February, 2021
Unfortunately, it is usually the case that a broken foot is painfully obvious. However, if there is no visible displacement of the foot bone, it can be difficult to tell if a break occurred. Small breaks or cracks may not painful, so it is important to recognize the symptoms of a broken foot. From there you will be able to determine the severity of the injury and help your doctor prescribe appropriate treatment. If you believe your foot is broken visit, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry with offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.
Indications your Foot is Broken:
- An open wound or exposed bone in your foot
- Feeling a snap in your foot when the injury occurs
- Hearing a grinding or snapping noise when the injury occurs
- Feeling faint after the injury
- Pain or a dull ache
- Pain when touching the injury
- Difficulty moving your foot or toes
- Trouble walking and bearing weight
Treating a Broken Foot
Immediately following a serious foot injury you should call your doctor or emergency services. Your foot will be painful to touch and you probably will not be able to walk on it. You will feel a throbbing pain followed by swelling and bruising. Keep the foot elevated and apply ice on and off to reduce swelling. Sometimes the displacement of the bone is visible, but the foot bones are small so it can be hard to tell. Your Carmel or Indianapolis podiatrist will determine if your foot is broken or sprained.
Of course, treatment for your broken foot depends on the exact location and severity of the injury. X-rays are used to find the break, in some cases, MRI scans or CT scans are used. The most common treatment for a broken foot requires a cast, brace, splint, or boot. In severe cases, surgery is required to straighten or reconnect the bones with rods, screws, or plates. Anti-inflammatory medication could be prescribed to reduce pain and swelling. Speak with Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry to find out which treatment option is right for you.
If you have recently been in a car accident, suffered a sports injury, or dropped a heavy object on your foot, watch for the signs of a broken foot. Make an appointment with your local podiatrist, Dr. Agricola for treatment as soon as possible. Visit the Prestige Podiatry offices in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN, or call each office at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070, respectively.
Here’s our helpful guide for caring and maintaining healthy feet.
The average American takes 3,000-4,000 steps a day. Our feet work hard for us each and every day, and yet we often abuse them. We pound the pavement, wear worn-out tennis shoes to play sports and shove our feet into sky-high heels. Believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to care for your feet. From the office of our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, here are some helpful tips for keeping your feet healthy,
Wash Feet Daily
It’s necessary for everyone to wash their feet daily with soap and warm water. Make sure to wash all parts of your feet including between the toes. Once you hop out of the shower, you should dry your feet off thoroughly.
Keep Feet Moisturized
Once you dry your feet off it’s a good idea to apply a moisturizer. While you may only do this during the winter months when feet are more likely to be dry, you should moisturize every day. Moisturizing daily can prevent dry, cracked skin that can lead to infections. If you are prone to dry feet, you may wish to moisturize more than once a day.
Wear Proper Footwear
Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you’re a runner, it’s important that you are wearing the appropriate shoes for your daily activities. Those who are on their feet all day will want to choose shoes with breathable material that don’t bunch up toes and will provide ample support. You may also want to be fitted for athletic footwear to make sure that you are getting shoes that will protect your feet while they are working their hardest.
Trim Nails Regularly
It’s important that you also know how to properly trim and maintain your toenails. Every few weeks you’ll want to make sure to trim your toenails, so they are level with the tips of the toes. Also, make sure to trim nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. If you are unable to trim your toenails yourself, our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor can do it for you.
If you are dealing with foot pain or simply have questions about caring for your feet, our foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can help. We have offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to provide you with the foot and ankle care you need. Call us at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 to schedule an appointment.