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Have you ever consulted a podiatrist? You should because your feet and ankles are really complex. They take you everywhere, play sports, allow you to work and more. At Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, our podiatrist is Dr. Jeffrey Agricola. He treats kids to seniors and everyone in between, helping them stay on their feet, enjoying the daily activities they love.
Feel, look and function
So, how are your feet today? If they hurt, look different in terms of color or configuration or can't easily bear your weight and carry you through the day, see your podiatrist in his Indianapolis or Carmel, IN, office.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) reports that 77 percent of American adults have had some type of foot discomfort, injury or other condition. However, only a third of that number sees a foot doctor about the problem.
Podiatrists are fully trained in all diseases and deformities of the foot and ankle. They take special care of diabetics who frequently have impaired circulation, nerve function and wound healing in their feet and ankles. Plus, podiatrists know all about footwear, shoe inserts, and other ways to help you walk comfortably and efficiently.
Finally, a podiatrist such as Dr. Agricola knows the wear and tear sports cause. Whether you're an amateur athlete or a professional, he can help you optimize your foot function, avoid injury, train efficiently and heal problems that arise as you play your favorite game.
When should you come to Prestige Podiatry?
We encourage you to come twice a year if you are diabetic. Preventive care is critical to your well-being and could prevent wounds, or ulcerations. Also, see us if you:
- Have foot or ankle pain which persists beyond a day or two
- Have ingrown toenails, corns, calluses or wonder if a bunion is forming
- Begin a new sport
- Have fungal toenails or Athlete's foot which just goes on and on
Dr. Agricola will examine you, watch how you walk, discuss your symptoms and formulate a treatment plan focused on your specific needs and desired outcomes. He approaches most problems conservatively at first and suggests more complex treatments, such as surgery, when other strategies don't help.
Come see us
At Prestige Podiatry, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola and his staff know feet. They can help you maintain your podiatric health. For a personal consultation or help with a specific issue, call our Indianapolis office at (317) 881-0070. For the Carmel, IN, location, phone (317) 846-4111.
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.
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.
Find out when professional podiatric care is necessary for tackling your issues.
Most people know that if they have a toothache that they should see their dentist or if they have an infection that they should visit their general practitioner, but not everyone understands when it’s time to visit a foot doctor. Wondering if you should schedule an appointment with our Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola? Find out when to give us a call.
This is one of the most common reasons someone comes in for professional foot care. While more minor pain may not require medical attention (and can often be remedied with at-home care), if you are dealing with pain that gets worse with movement or activity, if pain is severe or if it doesn’t go away after five days of at-home treatment then you need to schedule an appointment with your Carmel, Greenwood and Indianapolis foot doctor.
Numbness or Tingling
These symptoms could be warning signs of neuropathy, a condition that occurs when there is damage to the peripheral nerves. Neuropathy can lead to a loss of sensation in the feet and this nerve disorder is a common complication of diabetes. Those with neuropathy are more likely to experience injuries or develop ulcers, so it’s important that if you are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy that you schedule an appointment right away.
While an instance of swelling shouldn’t be an immediate cause for concern, if you are dealing with swelling in the feet pretty regularly then this will need to be addressed right away. The swelling could be due to a variety of conditions such as tendonitis, a fracture or even diabetes.
If we’ve diagnosed you with a bunion this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to undergo aggressive treatments or immediately consider surgery. In fact, bunion symptoms can often be managed with simple at-home treatment options and many people won’t even experience symptoms if they continue to care for their feet properly. Of course, if you are dealing with persistent or severe pain then it’s time you took a trip to our office to see if it’s time to correct the deformity.
Prestige Podiatry offers comprehensive foot care services throughout the Indianapolis, Carmel, and Greenwood, IN, areas. If you want to find out what we can do for you then call us today and schedule an appointment.
- Always keep your feet dry – fungi loves warm, moist areas
- Wear shower shoes whenever you visit a public shower
- Disinfect your shower if you share one with someone who has a fungal infection
- Don’t share footwear with others
- Take care of your feet when you get a cut or damage a nail—fungi can enter through these injured areas
- There are different ways to treat a fungal infection. Some of these treatments include:
- Antifungal cream
- Antifungal pills
- Toenail fungus laser treatment