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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!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
November 06, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if your achy big toe could be the result of a bunion.

Foot BunionA lot of people will develop a bunion at some point during their lifetime. This deformity, typically affecting the joint at the base of your big toe, shows up gradually over the years. It’s important that you turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, if you suspect that your foot pain may be due to a bunion so that you know what to do to prevent it from getting worse.

How do I know that I have a bunion?

It’s pretty easy to determine if you have a bunion just by checking your feet. Take a second to check out your feet. Now, look at the base of your big toe. Is there a hard, bony mass that sticks out? Does your big toe lean in toward the smaller toes? If so, you could be dealing with a bunion.

If you have a bunion, simply standing or walking will put excessive pressure on the deformity, which can make it painful or uncomfortable to walk. You may also find that your shoes no longer fit like they once did and now they rub against the bunion, an effect that often causes a callus to form.

How are bunions treated?

If our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor informs you that you have a bunion, you may be wondering how to correct the issue. While surgery is the only definitive way to repair the deformity, surgery isn’t recommended unless the bunion is severe and greatly impacts your ability to walk.

Luckily, there are simple at-home care measures that you can implement into your daily routine to prevent the bunion from getting worse or causing issues. It’s important that you are wearing the proper shoes to protect your foot and to provide ample support and cushioning. Shoes that are too tight and bunch up the toes will only make your bunion worse. Make sure your toes are able to wiggle and move around within your shoes.

You might also benefit from getting custom orthotics from our podiatrist. Orthotics can provide further support and take some pressure and weight off the bunion. You may also choose to splint or brace your foot at night to improve the alignment of the big toe to reduce pain and inflammation.

Contact us today!

Don’t let bunion pain become the norm for you when there are so many simple measures you can take every day to make sure that your feet feel their best! Just because you have a bunion doesn’t mean that you have to put up with foot problems. If bunions are causing you issues, it’s time to turn to the foot experts at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis and Carmel, IN, by calling either (317) 881-0070 or (317) 846-4111 for our respective offices.

By Prestige Podiatry
June 12, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Find out if that aching big toe could be the result of a bunion?bunions

A bunion is a common foot deformity that most often affects the joint at the base of your big toe, causing the joint to stick out. You may notice that suddenly your shoes fit a little too snugly around the area or that wearing shoes now causes you pain. If this is happening to you, our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, has the answers.

New foot pain should never go ignored. While you won’t want to rush into our office the minute you experience pain, if you are encountering these issues then you will want to come in and find out if a bunion could be to blame:

  • A visible bump at the base of the big toe
  • Any redness, swelling, or tenderness at or surrounding the joint
  • Severe or persistent pain
  • Pain when walking or wearing shoes

While a bunion is progressive, meaning that it can continue to get worse over time, there are simple measures that our Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist can help you incorporate into your daily life to make sure that your bunion doesn’t get worse and to keep pain and swelling to a minimum.

Some of these measures include:

  • Rest
  • Splinting or bracing the bunion
  • Applying a bunion pad to the area
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes (and avoiding high heels or shoes with pointy toes)
  • Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) into your shoes

While the only way to correct a bunion is with surgery, this is rarely needed unless someone is dealing with severe pain that makes it difficult to walk or impacts their quality of life. Our Carmel and Indianapolis foot doctor is by your side to provide you with the pain-relieving care and treatment options you need to reduce symptoms.

Prestige Podiatry offers two convenient locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are concerned that your recent foot pain might be due to a bunion then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us.