Podiatrist Blog

Posts for: September, 2021

By Prestige Podiatry
September 23, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

It’s important to know when it might be time to consider foot surgery.

When it comes to addressing foot and ankle problems, many conditions can be managed with conservative care under the supervision of your Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. However, what happens if you don’t notice any improvements in pain, stiffness, or other problems you’ve been putting up with? If you’ve been dealing with foot and ankle problems that aren’t responding to non-surgical treatment, this could be a telltale sign to consider surgery. Here are some of the most common foot and ankle issues we treat with surgery:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis
  • Severe injuries and fractures
  • Achilles tendon rupture or tear
  • Other deformities (e.g. club foot)

Some of these conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis can be treated through conservative methods and may never require surgery. It’s important to turn to your Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Agricola as soon as possible to map out a treatment plan that will prevent these progressive conditions from getting worse. Through medications and lifestyle changes, we can slow the progression of arthritis-related joint damage and the enlargement of your bunion.

Severe injuries such as ruptures, tears, and fractures may require surgery to repair the damaged tissue, ligament, tendon, or muscle. While more minor injuries can be treated with rest, splinting or bracing, icing, and pain relievers, more severe injuries will require surgery to improve the overall functionality and strength of the injured foot and ankle.

Should I consider foot and ankle surgery?

Many people can live with certain progressive and chronic foot and ankle problems and easily control their symptoms without ever needing surgery, but sometimes surgery is necessary. There are many factors that we will need to consider to determine whether surgery may be the ideal next step for you. These factors include:

  • Your activity level
  • The severity of your symptoms
  • Whether or not you’re responding to nonsurgical treatments

If your pain isn’t properly managed with conservative and nonsurgical care, and your symptoms are severe enough to impact your daily routine and quality of life, these are often the biggest signs that a patient could benefit from foot and ankle surgery.

If you’ve been dealing with foot and ankle pain that isn’t getting better, then it’s time to talk with our Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Agricola about whether surgery may be the next step. To schedule a consultation with us, call Prestige Podiatry today at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.


By Prestige Podiatry
September 20, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Are you prone to getting ingrown toenails? Our advice could help you stop them for good.

If you’ve had an ingrown toenail before, or if you’re dealing with one now, then you know just how painful and annoying they can be. Did you know that there are things you can do to prevent ingrown toenails from happening in the first place? If you’d like to keep future ingrown toenails at bay, your Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can provide you with helpful tips to keep your feet healthy and ingrown toenail-free.

Know How to Trim Your Toenails

You may not put much thought into how you trim your toenails so you probably don’t think about it or realize you could be doing it wrong. The next time you trim your nails make sure to trim them straight across.

While you might like the curved look, this can increase the risk of an ingrown toenail. You also want to make sure not to trim your toenails too short. They should be level with the tips of your toes. Do this, and you may find yourself dealing with fewer ingrown toenails.

Wear Properly Fitted Shoes and Socks

Your Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist will tell you, nothing is more important than finding shoes that properly fit your feet. Regardless of whether you’re prone to ingrown toenails or not, you should have a shoe specialist measure your feet and fit you with shoes so that you know that you’re wearing the proper footwear to protect your feet. Shoes that are too tight, as well as socks, can put too much pressure on the toenails and lead to ingrown toenails.

Protect Your Feet From Injury

If you work on a construction site or you play sports, your feet are more susceptible to injuries. To protect falling objects from injuring the toenail or to keep from stubbing your toe, you should wear steel-toed shoes if you work on construction sites or around heavy machinery. If you play sports, make sure that you are wearing the ideal athletic footwear for your chosen sport.

Your podiatrist, Dr. Agricola, serves the Carmel, and Indianapolis, IN, areas. If you are looking for a podiatrist to treat your ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, or fungal nail infection, we offer a full range of treatments and services. To schedule an appointment at Prestige Podiatry, simply call (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.


By Prestige Podiatry
September 16, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Arch Pain  

Arch pain is a common issue that can affect anyone. Our arches are all different heights and take on a lot of pressure from the body, which is why arch pain is so common. It affects athletes most often, but can also occur in people who are not as active. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, your podiatrist at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, can help you if your arches are causing you pain.

What’s Causing Your Arch Pain?

The arches play an important role in your foot health. The arch stretches from toes to your heels and helps bear weight, absorb shock, and keep your balance. When you’re experiencing arch pain, it can really affect your ability to enjoy your normal activities and you may actually experience pain throughout other parts of your body that stem from your arches.

Dr. Agricola can sit down with you and discuss what could be causing your arch pain. Flat feet or high arches can be factors of arch pain that stem from structural issues. These can cause further issues to occur and cause you more arch pain.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of arch pain and is caused by inflammation or overuse of the plantar fascia which runs through the arch. You may experience pain and stiffness throughout your foot and it can become even more painful after prolonged times on your feet.

If arch pain is severely affecting your ability to enjoy your normal life, it may be time to see your podiatrist for treatment to increase your quality of life.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Don’t let arch pain rule your life. Talk to your podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, today to learn more about what’s causing your arch pain. Call the Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070 and the Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111.


By Prestige Podiatry
September 15, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Prone to ingrown toenails? Our advice could help you stop them for good.

If you’ve had an ingrown toenail before, or if you’re dealing with one now, then you know just how painful and annoying they can be. Did you know that there are things you can do now to prevent ingrown toenails from happening in the first place? If you’d like to keep future ingrown toenails at bay, our Indianapolis, IN, and Carmel, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can provide you with helpful tips to keep your feet healthy and ingrown toenail-free.

Know How to Trim Your Toenail

You may put as much thought into how you trim your toenails as you do brushing your teeth or washing your face. You’ve been doing it so long you probably don’t think about it or realize you could be doing it wrong. The next time you trim your nails make sure to trim them straight across.

You also want to make sure not to trim your toenails too short. They should be level with the tips of your toes. Do this, and you may find yourself dealing with fewer ingrown toenails.

Wear Properly Fitted Shoes and Socks

Nothing is more important than finding shoes that properly fit your feet. Regardless of whether you’re prone to ingrown toenails or not, you should have a shoe specialist measure your feet and fit you with shoes so that you know that you’re wearing the proper footwear to protect your feet. Shoes that are too tight (as well as socks) can put too much pressure on the toenails and lead to ingrown toenails.

Protect Your Feet From Injury

If you work on a construction site or you play sports, your feet are more susceptible to injuries. To protect falling objects from injuring the toenail or to keep from stubbing your toe, you should wear steel-toed shoes if you work on construction sites or around heavy machinery. If you play sports, make sure that you are wearing the ideal athletic footwear for your chosen sport.

Dr. Agricola is the premiere podiatrist serving the Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, areas. If you are looking for a podiatrist to treat your ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, or fungal nail infection, we offer a full range of treatments and services. To schedule an appointment at Prestige Podiatry, simply call (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.