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By Prestige Podiatry
October 15, 2019
Category: Foot Condition

Find out when surgery may be the best approach to treating your foot and ankle problems.

We know how important it is for patients to avoid surgery. That is why it’s important to visit our Indianapolis foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Injury footJeffrey Agricola, as soon as an issue arises so that you can get the conservative care and treatment you need to heal effectively without surgery. However, there are certain situations and conditions that may be better off with surgery. These problems include,

 

Bunions

A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe that can cause serious pain and swelling, particularly during activity. While conservative care is the first course of action to prevent a bunion from getting worse, patients dealing with severe pain/inflammation that isn’t responding to at-home care and is consequently affecting everyday activities may require surgery.

Bunion surgery is truly the only treatment option that repairs the damaged joint and realigns it. Since bunion surgery often requires extensive downtime, this is a procedure to consider only if you’ve exhausted all other treatment options.

 

Hammertoes

Along with bunions, hammertoes are another common foot deformity that can also be managed with simple at-home care; however, if you ignore the problem or don’t properly care for your feet, the deformity will get worse until the hammertoe becomes inflexible or rigid. Once this occurs, you’ll be unable to straighten the toe, and your Indianapolis foot surgeon may have to recommend hammertoe surgery. While surgery is the only way to correct a hammertoe, wearing proper footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes can slow the deformity’s progression if the problem is caught early enough.

 

Ankle Arthritis

Arthritis is another chronic condition that can lead to joint pain, stiffness, and damage if you don’t seek treatment for your symptoms. There are many medications on the market today that can slow the progression of arthritis, which is why it’s important to see a doctor at the first signs of arthritis; however, if your arthritis symptoms are severe enough to affect mobility and your day-to-day routine then it may be time to consider surgery.

 

Give Us a Call

Are you dealing with any of the issues above? Not getting the relief you deserve with home treatment? If so, it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, today to schedule a consultation with our foot and ankle surgeon. Dial either (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.

By Prestige Podiatry
February 19, 2019
Category: Foot Health

Find out when it might be time to consider foot or ankle surgery.

While the goal of our Indianapolis podiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, is to be able to prevent the need for surgery whenever possible, therefoot and ankle surgery are certain conditions or factors that make such procedures the most effective way to repair an injury or a podiatric disorder. It might be time to visit our Indianapolis, IN, foot and ankle surgeon if you are dealing with,

  • A serious injury such as a broken bone or fracture
  • A medical condition that affects your feet (e.g. diabetes)
  • Severe or persistent heel pain
  • Difficulty moving or walking around due to foot problems
  • A deformity, growth, or tumor
  • Changes in the shape or appearance of your feet or ankles

Fortunately, we are equipped to treat a wide range of foot and ankle problems. While you may not immediately turn to surgery to treat your condition, here are some of the most commonly performed foot and ankle surgical procedures:

Bunionectomy

While most people with bunions won’t ever need to resort to surgery there are some situations in which the best option is to repair the deformed joint. It might be time to talk to us about your bunion surgery options if your pain is persistent and severe, if it’s affecting your ability to walk around and stand, or if you are unable to wear shoes without discomfort.

Plantar Fasciitis Surgery

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that commonly causes heel pain. While plantar fasciitis will often respond quite well to conservative care and rest, there are some rather serious cases in which the best option is to perform a simple plantar fascia release. This is only necessary if your symptoms haven’t responded to any treatment options, if you are unable to go about your daily routine due to heel pain, or if your symptoms have persisted for over nine months.

Ankle Surgeries Due to Arthritis

While there is no cure for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) there are medications and other ways to reduce joint inflammation while also slowing the progression of joint damage; however, those with severe osteoarthritis or RA may require surgery in order to alleviate ongoing symptoms or to repair severely damaged joints. Common procedures include ankle fusions or ankle replacements.

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you are dealing with a persistent and serious foot or ankle problem in Carmel, IN, or Indianapolis, IN, call Prestige Podiatry today to find out how we can help you manage your conditions and reduce your symptoms. Dial (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel office or (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis location.

By Prestige Podiatry
March 17, 2016
Category: Foot Health

You don't have to be David Beckham or Lionel Messi to experience foot and ankle pain from time to time. Even couch potatoes can foot and ankle surgeryexperience discomfort and problems with the lower extremities, albeit usually for different reasons. Anything from the wrong pair of shoes and sneakers to a muscle, tendon, or ligament tear or strain can cause pain and temporarily slow us down.

But some foot and ankle injuries persist even with rest and conservative treatments, or progressively get worse, in which case more extensive treatment may be necessary for proper healing of the injury, and to prevent further damage and pain.

Foot and Ankle Surgery in Indianapolis

As with many injuries, surgery is typically not the first course of treatment in most cases. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, a podiatrist and surgeon at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis, typically recommends surgery in cases of severe deformities or injuries such as a broken bone in the foot or ankle.

Some of the most common podiatry and foot related problems that can be treated with surgery include:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Birth defects
  • Diabetes-related complications
  • Rheumatoid arthritis-related joint pain and damage
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Bunions and hammertoes

The main goal of surgery is to repair damage to bone and joint deformities and fractures, restore alignment and stability, and alleviate pain. The type of surgery needed will depend on the injury and extent of the damage. Some surgeries can be performed on an outpatient basis with a minimally invasive procedure. The recovery and rehabilitation process will also depend on the complexity of the surgery and injury, and on factors such as the patient's overall health and adherence to the surgeon's post-operative rehabilitation instructions.

Contact a Foot and Ankle Surgeon in Indianapolis

If you are suffering from pain or other symptoms, contact foot surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry by calling (317) 846-4111 to schedule an appointment and learn more about treatment options and whether surgery is right for you.