Posts for: March, 2021
Dealing with flat feet? Here’s what you can do about it.
According to the National Foot Health Assessment, around 18 million US Americans over the age of 21 have flat feet, also known as fallen arches. If you have flat feet you may have a ton of questions about foot care and how to treat the issue. This is where our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, can help.
What causes flat feet?
While we are all born with flat feet, the arches of the foot will develop during the first few years of life. Some children never develop arches. You may simply have been born with flat feet but not even know it until foot pain sets in.
However, flat feet can also develop over time. Flat feet may develop as a result of excessive wear and tear on the feet, certain foot injuries including overuse injuries, as well being overweight or obese.
Do flat feet always need treatment?
Not necessarily. If your flat feet aren’t causing you pain or discomfort then you won’t require treatment. However, it’s important to be aware that flat feet can predispose you to certain problems including:
- Shin splints
- Foot, ankle, knee, heel, hip, and lower back pain
People with flat feet may notice that they overpronate, which means that their feet roll inward when walking, sprinting, or running. Over time, these improper biomechanics can impact how the ankles, legs, hips, and back all function together. This can lead to misalignments in the rest of the body as they try to overcompensate for imbalances within the feet. If your flat feet are causing pain or other problems, it’s best to play it safe and visit our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor for an evaluation.
How are flat feet treated?
If flat feet are causing you pain, there are some simple solutions that we can provide or recommend to help you better manage your symptoms. Some ways to improve flat feet-related pain include:
- Exercises and physical therapy
- Custom orthotics and arch support
- Specialized shoes that provide proper support to the feet
- Wearing an ankle brace
- Resting and avoiding certain exercises or activities
- Using pain relievers to ease sore, tired, and painful feet
If you are tired, sore, and achy due to flat feet, know that our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Agricola, can help you find ways to ease these flat feet-related issues. Schedule an appointment today at Prestige Podiatry by calling (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.
When you’re experiencing foot pain, it can limit your everyday activities and make it harder to function normally. Sometimes you may feel like you need to constantly adjust your socks or as if there is a pebble in your shoe, but you may actually be struggling with Morton’s neuroma. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, can answer any questions you may have about Morton’s neuroma and whether it is what is causing your pain.
What is Morton’s Neuroma?
Morton’s neuroma typically affects the ball of the foot and is when the tissue around the nerves leading to your toes thickens. You may feel a sharp, burning sensation in the ball of your foot and it may even feel numb. This may also cause issues walking. It may feel difficult and painful to walk normally.
Morton’s neuroma can be caused by different factors, such as:
- High-heeled shoes- High-heeled shoes, especially ones that may not fit perfectly and are tight, put extra pressure on the toes and the balls of your feet.
- Sports- Certain sports that put a lot of pressure on your feet, such as running, may cause Morton’s neuroma by putting constant pressure on your feet and not letting the feet fully heal.
- Foot Deformities- If you are someone dealing with bunions, hammertoes, abnormally high or low arches, you may be at risk for Morton’s Neuroma.
Treating Morton’s Neuroma
Your doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, will figure out the best treatment plan for you, depending on the severity of your neuroma. Treatment may include:
- Physical Therapy
- Arch Supports or Foot Pads
- Steroid Injections
- Decompression Surgery
- Removal of the Nerve
Contact Your Doctor Today!
If you’re struggling with foot pain that doesn’t seem to go away, you must contact Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry to ask any questions that you may have and to schedule an appointment today! Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office and (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office today!