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By Prestige Podiatry
May 24, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions can be difficult to live with and can cause issues when wearing shoes that may not fit perfectly. It’s important to talk to your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, about what treatments would be best for you and easing any bunion pain you may struggle with.

Ways to Treat Bunions

When dealing with bunions, it’s important to seek treatment from your Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor sooner rather than later. Bunions are a bone deformity that forms at the bottom of the joint of the big toe. Bunions appear as a bulge on the side of the foot next to the big toe. You may experience pain because of the bunion rubbing against the sides of your shoes and the skin may become red and tender.

Since bunions are a bone deformity, they will not go away on their own, but there are ways that you can relieve the pain associated with bunions. Some common forms of treatment may include:

  • Protective Padding- This is normally made of a felt-like material and is used to stop friction from irritating the bunions and helps to remedy any inflammation happening to the skin.
  • Wearing Fitted Shoes- Wearing shoes that may be too tight and cause the bunions to rub against the sides of your shoes. It may also cause your bunions to feel sore and painful. In order to help your bunions feel comfortable and cut down on irritation, it’s important to wear shoes that fit properly and can give your feet the room and space they need.
  • Orthotics- Orthotics are designed to help stabilize your joints and keep your feet in the correct position.
  • Foot Exercises- There are a number of exercises designed to help your foot mobility and stop your feet from feeling stiff when on your feet for a long time.
  • Splints- Your foot doctor may recommend wearing nighttime splints to help keep the joints aligned properly.
  • Surgery- Depending on the severity of your bunions, you may need to undergo surgery in order to remove the bunion and realign the big toe.

Contact Your Foot Doctor Today!

Stop suffering from bunion pain and contact your doctor about treatment today! Call Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, at (317) 846-4111 for the office in Carmel, IN, and (317) 881-0070 for the office in Indianapolis, IN, today!

By Prestige Podiatry
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

A bunion won't go away by itself. In fact, this bony prominence at the base of your big toe will worsen unless you seek treatment from your foot doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Agricola uses innovative strategies for this age-old acquired deformity, managing its pain and other symptoms.

Just what is a bunion?

It's a bump that develops at the bottom of the big toe. Unfortunately, it is not only unattractive, but it causes pain in the joint and skin irritation from friction inside your shoe.

Additionally, it changes the structure of the foot as a whole. The larger the bunion is, the more the big toe angles in toward the second and third toes, even crossing over them, impacting the ability to walk comfortably and put on shoes.

Causes and symptoms of bunions

While age plays a role in bunion development, inherited foot structure factors in as well. Add tight, narrow-toed shoes, and bunions begin. Accordingly, older women seem to develop bunions more often and more quickly, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Symptoms of bunions include:

  • An obvious bump
  • Redness and soreness caused by friction
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain when walking

Treating bunions

At Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, your foot doctor will go over your symptoms, examine your foot and take X-rays to determine how your bunion impacts the rest of your foot structure. While some people require a bunionectomy to remove the excess bone and straighten the toe joint, most people do well with more conservative strategies.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Shoe padding to reduce friction inside the shoe
  • Orthotics inside the shoe to correct biomechanical imbalances
  • A change in shoes to ones with low heels and roomy toe boxes
  • Analgesics, such as ibuprofen, for pain and swelling
  • Steroidal injections for any associated bursitis
  • Corn and callus removal

Better walking, better feet

If you suspect you're developing a bunion, please contact Prestige Podiatry for an appointment with your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Let us help you feel your best and keep your active lifestyle. We have two locations. For Indianapolis, IN, phone us at (317) 881-0070, or in Carmel, call (317) 846-4111.

By Prestige Podiatry
June 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions don’t grow overnight and tend to develop very slowly. Mainly, pressure on our big toe results in it leaning towards the second or adjacent toe. Gradually, the bone’s normal structure changes and causes a bunion to form. This bump or deformity would increase in size gradually and then make it very painful for you to walk or even wear shoes.

Fortunately, you can alleviate pain from bunions and prevent them from worsening with home treatments and help from your podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry, in our Indianapolis, IN, or Carmel, IN, office.

Invest in Comfortable and Supportive Footwear

Combat pain with comfort by investing in shoes that will be able to fully support your feet. Primarily, you should avoid shoes with heels and narrow toe boxes. Although they might look cute, these kinds of shoes will reinforce your big toe’s misalignment, resulting in your toe angling towards the neighboring toe. In addition, shoes that you wear for playing sports, training, or exercising should also fit properly and support your feet when you move.

Talk to Your Podiatrist About Orthotics

Orthotic devices are prescribed and customized by your podiatrist in our Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, office. These are very effective in regulating weight distribution to help decrease the pressure on your big toe, where your pain is coming from. Remember, easing pain and delaying the progression of your bunion is your goal.

Orthotics likewise help slow down a bunion’s progression since they stabilize the joint of the big toe and other bones in your affected foot. Take note though that when the time comes that orthotics and home treatments fail to keep your pain in check, you may need to undergo bunion surgery or bunionectomy.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight is Crucial

Are you aware that approximately that up to three times your body’s weight goes right into each step you take? So unless you plan on not walking entirely, being overweight will aggravate your already irritated big to joint. But if you keep your weight in check, you could significantly reduce the pressure on your toe to reduce inflammation, and in turn, swelling and pain.

So you see, living with bunions is manageable with the right treatments. And while these won’t get rid of your bunion, they could really help prevent its progression. For persistent bunion pain, other treatments or surgery may be needed.

For Advice or Concerns About Bunions, We Can Help

Arrange a consultation with your podiatrist here at Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, by calling our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070 or our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111.

By Prestige Podiatry
January 09, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Follow these helpful tips to reduce bunion pain everyday.

Is a bunion causing your foot pain? If you take a look at your foot and notice that the joint at the base of your big toe causes the area to stick out a little further than it should then you very well could be dealing with a bunion. While bunions that don’t cause problems may not be a cause for concern it’s a good idea to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola to find out ways to keep the bunion from getting worse.

If you have a bunion here are some tips to alleviate and even prevent bunion pain and swelling,

Lose excess weight

One way to take additional pressure off your feet is to maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, this can exacerbate bunions and other foot problems. If you are starting a new exercise regimen talk with our Indianapolis foot doctor about ways to ease into exercise safely so you don’t injure feet and ankles.

Cover your bunion

If you find that your bunion flares-up when wearing shoes you may want to start wearing a protective gel pad over the bunion. This padding can provide an additional layer of protection between your shoes and the bunion. While you don’t want to wear shoes that are too snug around your bunion, wearing a gel pad can protect the area and also prevent the formation of a painful callus.

Wear shoe inserts

Many people with bunions also have flat feet; therefore, placing custom shoe inserts, or orthotics, into your shoes can help lift the foot and provide it with the support that it needs. This can also prevent your bunion from getting worse. Custom shoe inserts are molded to your feet to help realign the toes and provide cushioning, to take pressure off the bunion and to prevent the deformity from getting worse.

If your bunion is irritated or in pain you may try over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen), warm soaks or ice packs, or massage therapy. If you are dealing with severe pain that makes it difficult to walk our Indianapolis foot doctor may recommend additional treatment options including surgery to treat severe pain and inflammation.

Arm yourself with proper footwear, protective padding and anything you need to keep that bunion from flaring up. And if you are still having trouble don’t hesitate to call Prestige Podiatry. We have offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to provide you with the care you need. Call (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis office, or (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
January 15, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

Bunion TreatmentGot bunions? A bunion is a bony prominence that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Many individuals unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment. Because bunions are progressive, they usually get worse without treatment. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry, with offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, offers treatments for bunions. 

About Bunions

Bunions are often referred to as hallux valgus. A bunion is an unnatural, bony bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions can be mild, moderate, or severe. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to walk. Bunions can last for years or be lifelong. 

Causes of Bunions

Bunions are often caused by wearing footwear that is too tight across the toes. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear high heels and narrow shoes. Some conditions, such as arthritis can also cause bunions. Bunions can also run in families. Certain foot types make people prone to developing bunions. 

Symptoms of Bunions

Bunions often cause inflammation and pain around the joint at the base of the affected toe. The skin may become warm or red. Symptoms may also include a burning sensation or numbness. Some people with bunions have sores between the toes or calluses on the big toe. In some cases, bunions cause no symptoms.

Diagnosing Bunions

In most cases, a podiatrist can diagnose a bunion though physical exam. During the exam, your podiatrist may ask you to move your toe back and forth to check for limited movement. Your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist may order an X-ray to determine the degree of the deformity. Once your doctor has evaluated your condition, a treatment plan that is suited to your needs can be developed.

Treatment of Bunions

To treat your bunion, your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist may recommend a medication to reduce the discomfort and inflammation. Your doctor may pad and tape your bunion to keep it in a normal position. Padding and taping the bunion can ease your pain and prevent your bunion from getting worse. In some cases, orthotics may be provided by the podiatrist. In some cases, surgery is required to treat a bunion.

Don't let a bunion hold you back in life. Call Prestige Podiatry at 317-846-4111 today to schedule an appointment in Carmel, IN. Call 317-881-0070 to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis, IN. We will help you get rid of that bunion once and for all. We want you to live your best possible life!