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By Prestige Podiatry
March 31, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are your feet screaming out in pain? Find out why.

There are so many reasons you may be dealing with foot pain, from Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis to bunions. Whether you stand on your feet all day for work or you just had to wear those towering high heels out on that date last night, there are countless reasons why your feet may be telling you they hurt. However, it’s important to also recognize when heel pain requires seeing our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, for care.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is a symptom of an underlying condition or injury. Some of the main causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Chronic causes of heel pain include rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral neuropathy

When to See a Podiatrist

While minor heel pain may not have you rushing to your foot doctor, it is important to recognize when you should turn to a podiatrist for your heel pain. You should see our podiatrist, Dr. Agricola, in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, if:

  • This is the first time you’re dealing with heel pain
  • Your heel pain and/or swelling is severe
  • You aren’t able to put weight on the foot or you have trouble walking
  • Heel pain isn’t responding to home care or improving after five days of rest
  • You have nerve damage, diabetes, or other chronic conditions that may impact the health of your feet
  • You develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in the foot

Treating Heel Pain

Most of the time, heel pain can be treated with simple at-home treatment options including:

  • Calf muscle stretches and other daily stretches to improve flexibility and mobility in the arches of the feet while easing tension and pain
  • Limiting exercises, particularly high-impact activities such as running
  • Wearing shoes that provide ample arch support. You may want to talk with your podiatrist about getting custom shoe inserts to place inside your shoes for additional support and cushioning
  • Icing the heel several times a day to reduce pain and swelling
  • Splinting the foot at night to reduce stiffness and pain in the morning
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications to ease pain and swelling

If at-home care isn’t enough, Dr. Agricola and his team can treat more stubborn forms of heel pain with:

  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Casting or booting the foot
  • Ultrasound or shockwave therapy
  • Surgery in more serious cases

If you find yourself rubbing your feet in pain it may be time to turn to our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor Dr. Agricola to find out what’s going on. Call Prestige Podiatry today at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 to schedule your evaluation.

By Prestige Podiatry
December 17, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Don’t let heel pain tell you how you should live your life.

Are you dealing with a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel that shoots outwards to the arches of your feet? If you said yes then you heel paincould be one of the roughly 2 million Americans who deal with heel pain. Heel pain is one of the reasons patients come to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for an evaluation. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that can affect anyone. Here’s what you should know about plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, starting at the bottom of the heel and stretching all the way to between the toes. This connective tissue provides the arches of your feet with support.

In the very beginning, most people only notice a little bit of achiness or soreness in their heel after a run or working out. Unfortunately, this condition will gradually get worse, leading to severe inflammation and microtears within the plantar fascia. When this happens, heel pain sets in.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

While we know that athletes hate to hear it, our Indianapolis foot doctor will most likely tell you that the quickest way to heal your plantar fascia is to rest. This means avoiding high-impact activities for up to 6 weeks. If you don’t heed this warning and continue to run anyway, you may end up causing more severe damage that will take even longer to heal.

Along with ample rest, stretching the feet several times a day (particularly in the morning and after long bouts of sitting) can help loosen up the tight, stiff connective tissue. Pain relievers can also help to alleviate pain and swelling when symptoms flare up.

Talk with your podiatrist about whether you could also benefit from custom shoe inserts (also known as orthotics). Orthotics are placed into the shoes to take the pressure off the heels and arches and to redistribute the weight evenly throughout the foot to reduce sore spots.

If your plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to home treatment then your podiatrist may recommend other strategies for healing the damaged tissue. One such way is through extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), which directs sound waves into the fascia to stimulate the body’s natural healing response. Getting regular shockwave therapy sessions may be particularly effective for chronic heel pain sufferers and could even prevent some patients from needing to undergo surgery.

Prestige Podiatry has offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, to serve you better. If you are dealing with new or recurring heel pain it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to when it matters most. Call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Agricola.

By Prestige Podiatry
November 13, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Running Foot Pain

Your feet are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and a vast network of tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Each of these parts works in harmony, enabling you to walk, run and jump normally and without pain.  

But before jumping into a rigorous workout or fitness program that involves running, you may want to give your feet some extra attention, starting with a trip to your podiatrist. A professional podiatrist can properly examine your feet, detect potential problems, and provide tips for injury-free training and shoe selection.

Beginning runners are not the only ones who should see a podiatrist. Frequent runners should also pay their podiatrist a visit from time to time to check for any stress on the lower extremities brought on by repetitive force.

Common injuries experienced by runners include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis and stress fractures.

Helpful Tips for Preventing Injury

In addition to visiting our office, you can also prevent injuries that commonly occur during training and running by stretching properly, choosing appropriate footwear, and paying attention to pain or signs of an injury.

Stretch

To prevent injury to your lower extremities, it’s important to stretch carefully before beginning any workout regimen. When muscles are properly warmed up and stretched, the risk for injury is greatly reduced. Appropriate stretches include stretching of the hamstring and wall push-ups.

Choose Proper Footwear

The type of shoe you should wear also plays an important role in your ability to run without pain and with optimal performance. The shoe that your foot requires will depend on your foot structure and function, your body type, and the type of running or workout regimen you are interested in. Your podiatrist may also prescribe an orthotic, or shoe insert, to alleviate any foot pain or anomalies.

Be Mindful of Injuries

Even with proper footwear and stretching, not all foot problems can be prevented. Whenever you experience pain, stop whatever workout you are doing and rest. As pain subsides, gradually increase exercise with caution. When pain persists, visit our office for a proper evaluation.

New joggers and seasoned runners alike should take the necessary steps to avoid injury to the lower limbs. Consult with your podiatrist before starting any new workout, and always seek professional care when pain or injury occurs.

By Prestige Podiatry
May 24, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain definitely complicates your life. You may find yourself making changes to your usual routine or giving up exercise if walking, running, and standing suddenly become too painful to tolerate. Fortunately, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Carmel, IN, can diagnose the cause of your pain and offer effective treatments that will improve your condition!

Do you have plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, and it is a condition that refers to an inflammation of the plantar fascia (the long band of Heel Paintough tissue that connects your heels to your toes). If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience shooting pains in your heels when you first step out of bed in the morning. Although the pain may gradually subside, it will also often worsen once you stand after sitting for a long period of time.

You can help ease your plantar fasciitis pain by performing exercises that stretch the fascia, attending physical therapy, or wearing night splints and prescription orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts that cushion and align your foot). Although most people recover from plantar fasciitis without surgery, your foot doctor may recommend surgical options if your pain doesn't improve after trying a few conservative treatments.

Could an injury be responsible for your pain?

Your heel pain could also be caused by one of these types of injuries:

  • Stone Bruise: Did you step on a rock or on one of your kids' toys lately? If so, you may have bruised the layer of fat underneath your heel. Stone bruises may also occur if you exercise in shoes that don't offer adequate cushioning or support for your heel. Most stone bruises get better on their own in just a few weeks.
  • Fracture: Falls, jumps, or car accidents can result in heel fractures. If you have severe pain, your heel is deformed, or your pain doesn't begin to improve within a few days after your injury, it's a good idea to pay a visit to your podiatrist. He may recommend crutches and a cast and boot to relieve pressure on your foot while it heals. If the bones of your heel are displaced, you'll need surgery.
  • Overuse Injuries: Training too hard/too long or suddenly increasing the intensity of your exercise routine can increase your risk of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, and stress fractures. Your podiatrist can offer several treatments that may be helpful, including physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, casts and boots, orthotics, and ultrasound treatment.

Call us at either one of our offices (Indianapolis or Carmel)

Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola by calling (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office or (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office. Contact us today to find relief from your heel pain!

By Prestige Podiatry
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.