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By Carmel Foot & Ankle
February 26, 2019
Category: Foot Health

Find out what’s going on and what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.

Heel PainWhile heel pain is rarely serious our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola understands just how much of a nuisance it can be to have pain when walking or standing. Heel pain often develops either underneath or on the back of the heel, and the location of the pain can alert us to what might be causing your heel pain. In most cases, a condition known as plantar fasciitis is to blame.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Dealing with heel pain that is stabbing and painful, especially when first waking up in the morning? If so, chances are good that you might be dealing with an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is the most common cause of heel pain and it can lead to pain not just in the heel but also the arches of the feet.

Along with pain you may also notice that the heel feels stiff or is at its worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting. Often the pain begins to lessen over the day as you begin to move around; however, any kind of physical activity can often make the pain worse.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

It’s important to know what’s causing your heel pain as soon as possible, particularly if this is your first time dealing with heel pain. After all, there are many heel pain causes and it’s important that our Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor is able to evaluate your feet to determine the cause before you prescribe to a specific treatment plan.

If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis this is usually an easy fix. In most cases, you can ease symptoms until the plantar fascia heals by following these simple care instructions,

  • Ice the heel 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time to keep swelling and pain at bay
  • Take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to combat bouts of pain and inflammation
  • Wear shoes that provide proper support and cushioning for the feet, particularly the arches
  • Consider having custom orthotics (shoe inserts) made, which can provide your feet with ample shock absorption and support while walking or standing
  • Perform stretching and strengthening exercises to improve the function and mobility of the soft tissue within the feet

If your heel pain isn’t responding to a week of at-home care, or if symptoms are getting worse then we will need to discuss other treatment options that can help speed up the healing process.


Do you have questions about plantar fasciitis? Dealing with heel pain for the first time? If so, don’t hesitate to call your foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to answer your questions or to receive proper podiatric care.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
July 16, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Thanks to their location, your feet take a beating daily, carrying you from one place to another and ensuring that you can carry out your heel paindaily tasks. Without healthy feet, you may find yourself having difficulty doing the most simple of things, such as checking the mail or walking to your car. Heel pain is a common but potentially serious condition which can come from many sources. Luckily, with help from your podiatrist, you can beat heel pain and get back on your feet quickly. Find out more about heel pain treatments with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain is a common occurrence, especially in those who are on their feet for extended periods of time. Heel pain is often the symptom of another problem but can occur on its own. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the thick band of tissue on the underside of the foot becomes inflamed. Heel bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fracture, Achilles tendonitis, and conditions like severs disease can also cause heel pain.

How can I prevent heel pain? 
Even if you take great care of your feet, you may still experience heel pain at some point. However, ensuring you wear good, sturdy shoes can help reduce your chances of heel pain. Be sure to wear the right shoes for the task you perform, such as running shoes for jogging or basketball shoes for shooting hoops. Be sure to rest your feet properly. Talk with your Carmel and Indianapolis podiatrist about custom orthotics to further improve your support and decrease your chances of experiencing heel pain.

Treating Heel Pain in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN
Heel pain treatments depend on the underlying cause of the pain and its severity. For example, some cases of heel pain may be best treated by the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). However, other patients may find physical therapy helps them most. In more severe cases, injection therapy or even surgery may solve the issue at hand. Your podiatrist can help you determine your best and most effective treatment options.

For more information on treating heel pain or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry with locations in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 846-4111 to schedule your appointment in Carmel, and (317) 881-0070 to schedule your appointment in Indianapolis today!

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
February 07, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out what might be causing your heel pain and what you can do about it.heel pain

It’s amazing how quickly your whole day comes to a standstill when you are in pain. Heel pain is a common complaint our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola treats, but it’s important that you understand what might be going on and when it’s time to seek professional medical care for your heel pain.

Causes of Heel Pain

There are so many possible causes of heel pain that it’s difficult to pinpoint it without coming in for an evaluation. Of course, the two most common causes are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

These are both inflammatory foot conditions that often come about from overuse. Both are common problems for athletes, particularly runners. If you’ve suddenly increased the intensity or duration of your workout or running regimen and heel pain surfaces not long after, then plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis could be to blame.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Bursitis (inflammation of one or more joints in the foot)
  • Heel spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Bone tumor (rare)
  • Ruptured tendon

When to See a Doctor

While minor pain may leave as quickly as it comes about, it’s important to understand when it’s time to turn to our Indianapolis foot doctor for professional treatment. Sometimes you may be able to get away with treating the problem from the comfort of your own home; however, if you are dealing with severe pain or swelling, if you have difficulty moving the foot, or if you also have weakness, numbness or tingling in the heel then you need to visit us right away.

While not as urgent, you should schedule an appointment with us if your heel pain is persistent and lasts more than a couple of weeks (even with at-home care), or if heel pain lingers even at rest.

Prestige Podiatry offers comprehensive foot care services to the Indianapolis, Carmel and Greenwood, IN, areas. If heel pain is getting to you and you can’t seem to get your symptoms under control then give us a call.

By Carmel Foot & Ankle
March 20, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

How long have you been waiting for your heel pain to go away? If it's been a few weeks and your symptoms haven't improved, it's time toheel pain schedule a visit with your Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. Here's why you shouldn't ignore your pain as well as several common heel pain causes.

Pain, pain, go away

Our bodies are remarkably resilient. After an injury, they often repair themselves with a little rest. Unfortunately, sometimes problems are too severe to benefit from rest and ice packs. Ignoring your heel pain can increase the chance that your problem will become chronic or may even worsen your condition. For example, if you ignore Achilles tendon pain and follow your normal work and exercise routine, the tendon may eventually tear.

Why do I have heel pain?

If you stepped on a misplaced Lego early one morning, it's probably no surprise that your heel hurts. Although some causes of heel pain are obvious, you may not always be able to link your pain to a particular incident. Heel pain can occur if you have:

  • A Fracture: A fracture may be a possibility if you've fallen or been in an accident in the Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis area and are suffering from heel pain. Fractures don't just occur after traumatic events. Stress fractures, small cracks in your bone, can happen if you regularly spend hours on your feet or overdo your athletic training regimen.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: When the plantar fascia that joins your toes to your heels becomes inflamed, you'll feel pain in your heel. Your risk of developing the condition rises if you work in an occupation that requires you to stand for long periods of time or if you participate in activities that involve jumping, running or dancing. Plantar fasciitis is more common in people who have gait abnormalities, flat feet or high arches.
  • An Inflammation: Retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achilles tendinitis occur when an inflammation develops in the bursa or tendon at the back of your heel.
  • Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are actually calcium deposits that tend to grow on the bottom of your heel bone, causing pain every time you take a step. They can occur if you've recently had plantar fasciitis, are a runner or wear shoes that don't fit properly.

Prompt treatment can help you avoid lingering heel problems. Call your Indianapolis, IN, area podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at his Carmel office (317) 846-4111 or Greenwood office (317) 881-0070 to schedule your appointment.

heel painA little general foot and heel pain every now and then is common and perfectly normal. An intense workout, or a long day spent running around shopping or taking care of every day activities in uncomfortable shoes can take a toll on even the sturdiest of feet now and then. But when heel pain persists even after the uncomfortable shoes come off and the feet have had a chance to rest for a reasonable amount of time, it can often be a sign of a problem.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

There are a number of conditions that can lead to or exacerbate heel pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ruptured achilles tendon
  • Fractures/stress fractures
  • General wear and tear
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Pinched nerve
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis
For athletes and highly active individuals, heel pain and other foot and ankle problems often arise from wearing the wrong type of shoe for their particular activity and foot type. In order to avoid pain, stress fractures, swelling, or other injuries, it is important to use footwear with adequate support, and to change the shoes for a new pair at regular intervals once they have become worn.

Treatment for Heel Pain in Indianapolis

Treating heel and foot pain varies from patient to patient, depending on the cause of the pain. Conservative treatment options include rest, ice, medication (aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and inflammation and manage pain), and over the counter heel cups and wedges.

When to See a Podiatrist

Pain that does not subside over time or respond to conservative treatment should be brought to the attention of a podiatrist. Additionally, consult with a foot doctor if you experience excessive heel pain after an accident or injury, swelling, numbness, or tingling, problems bending, moving, or walking on the foot as normal, or any symptoms accompanied by a fever.

Contact a Podiatrist in Indianapolis

Don't let heel and foot pain slow you down. To learn more about how to prevent and find relief from heel pain, contact Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis to schedule an appointment today!