Podiatrist Blog

By Prestige Podiatry
July 07, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain   Sprain  

Your podiatrist in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, can help with a sprained ankle.

Ankle sprains can happen with something as simple as walking off of a curb, walking on uneven ground, or stepping into a hole in the ground. In fact, sprained ankles are some of the most common injuries. The good news is, your podiatrist knows how to treat your sprained ankle, so you can get back to your active life.

Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, offers comprehensive foot and ankle services, including treatment for a sprained ankle.

An ankle sprain is caused when your ankle suddenly twists. The tendons and ligaments are stretched, which can cause inflammation and swelling. A sprained ankle also causes considerable pain when you put your weight on the ankle.

These are some of the signs and symptoms you may experience when you sprain your ankle:

  • You may hear a popping sound
  • Your ankle may bruise and swell
  • Your ankle feels tight and stiff
  • You have difficulty moving your ankle
  • You can’t put weight on your foot without pain

When you first sprain your ankle, you may be able to minimize pain and swelling if you:

  • Rest and elevate your ankle
  • Put ice on your ankle
  • Wrap your ankle in a compression bandage

If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain, swelling, and bruising, you need to visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrist has several ways to treat a sprained ankle, including:

  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy to keep you flexible and mobile
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
  • Using a walking boot or cast to support your ankle while it heals

Your risk of suffering an ankle sprain increases as you get older, or if you have strength or balance problems.

Don’t let a sprained ankle keep you on the couch! Your podiatrist can help heal your ankle sprain.

To find out more about how your podiatrist can help, call Dr. Agricola of Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070 now!

By Prestige Podiatry
May 24, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions can be difficult to live with and can cause issues when wearing shoes that may not fit perfectly. It’s important to talk to your foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, about what treatments would be best for you and easing any bunion pain you may struggle with.

Ways to Treat Bunions

When dealing with bunions, it’s important to seek treatment from your Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor sooner rather than later. Bunions are a bone deformity that forms at the bottom of the joint of the big toe. Bunions appear as a bulge on the side of the foot next to the big toe. You may experience pain because of the bunion rubbing against the sides of your shoes and the skin may become red and tender.

Since bunions are a bone deformity, they will not go away on their own, but there are ways that you can relieve the pain associated with bunions. Some common forms of treatment may include:

  • Protective Padding- This is normally made of a felt-like material and is used to stop friction from irritating the bunions and helps to remedy any inflammation happening to the skin.
  • Wearing Fitted Shoes- Wearing shoes that may be too tight and cause the bunions to rub against the sides of your shoes. It may also cause your bunions to feel sore and painful. In order to help your bunions feel comfortable and cut down on irritation, it’s important to wear shoes that fit properly and can give your feet the room and space they need.
  • Orthotics- Orthotics are designed to help stabilize your joints and keep your feet in the correct position.
  • Foot Exercises- There are a number of exercises designed to help your foot mobility and stop your feet from feeling stiff when on your feet for a long time.
  • Splints- Your foot doctor may recommend wearing nighttime splints to help keep the joints aligned properly.
  • Surgery- Depending on the severity of your bunions, you may need to undergo surgery in order to remove the bunion and realign the big toe.

Contact Your Foot Doctor Today!

Stop suffering from bunion pain and contact your doctor about treatment today! Call Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, at (317) 846-4111 for the office in Carmel, IN, and (317) 881-0070 for the office in Indianapolis, IN, today!

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
March 25, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Flat Feet  

Dealing with flat feet? Here’s what you can do about it.

According to the National Foot Health Assessment, around 18 million US Americans over the age of 21 have flat feet, also known as fallen arches. If you have flat feet you may have a ton of questions about foot care and how to treat the issue. This is where our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, can help.

What causes flat feet?

While we are all born with flat feet, the arches of the foot will develop during the first few years of life. Some children never develop arches. You may simply have been born with flat feet but not even know it until foot pain sets in.

However, flat feet can also develop over time. Flat feet may develop as a result of excessive wear and tear on the feet, certain foot injuries including overuse injuries, as well being overweight or obese.

Do flat feet always need treatment?

Not necessarily. If your flat feet aren’t causing you pain or discomfort then you won’t require treatment. However, it’s important to be aware that flat feet can predispose you to certain problems including:

  • Shin splints
  • Foot, ankle, knee, heel, hip, and lower back pain
  • Bunions
  • Arthritis

People with flat feet may notice that they overpronate, which means that their feet roll inward when walking, sprinting, or running. Over time, these improper biomechanics can impact how the ankles, legs, hips, and back all function together. This can lead to misalignments in the rest of the body as they try to overcompensate for imbalances within the feet. If your flat feet are causing pain or other problems, it’s best to play it safe and visit our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor for an evaluation.

How are flat feet treated?

If flat feet are causing you pain, there are some simple solutions that we can provide or recommend to help you better manage your symptoms. Some ways to improve flat feet-related pain include:

  • Exercises and physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics and arch support
  • Specialized shoes that provide proper support to the feet
  • Wearing an ankle brace
  • Resting and avoiding certain exercises or activities
  • Using pain relievers to ease sore, tired, and painful feet

If you are tired, sore, and achy due to flat feet, know that our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Agricola, can help you find ways to ease these flat feet-related issues. Schedule an appointment today at Prestige Podiatry by calling (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.

By Prestige Podiatry
March 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Morton's Neuroma  

When you’re experiencing foot pain, it can limit your everyday activities and make it harder to function normally. Sometimes you may feel like you need to constantly adjust your socks or as if there is a pebble in your shoe, but you may actually be struggling with Morton’s neuroma. Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, can answer any questions you may have about Morton’s neuroma and whether it is what is causing your pain.

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s neuroma typically affects the ball of the foot and is when the tissue around the nerves leading to your toes thickens. You may feel a sharp, burning sensation in the ball of your foot and it may even feel numb. This may also cause issues walking. It may feel difficult and painful to walk normally.

Morton’s neuroma can be caused by different factors, such as:

  • High-heeled shoes- High-heeled shoes, especially ones that may not fit perfectly and are tight, put extra pressure on the toes and the balls of your feet.
  • Sports- Certain sports that put a lot of pressure on your feet, such as running, may cause Morton’s neuroma by putting constant pressure on your feet and not letting the feet fully heal.
  • Foot Deformities- If you are someone dealing with bunions, hammertoes, abnormally high or low arches, you may be at risk for Morton’s Neuroma.

Treating Morton’s Neuroma

Your doctor in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, will figure out the best treatment plan for you, depending on the severity of your neuroma. Treatment may include:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Arch Supports or Foot Pads
  • Steroid Injections
  • Decompression Surgery
  • Removal of the Nerve

Contact Your Doctor Today!

If you’re struggling with foot pain that doesn’t seem to go away, you must contact Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry to ask any questions that you may have and to schedule an appointment today! Call (317) 846-4111 for the Carmel, IN, office and (317) 881-0070 for the Indianapolis, IN, office today!





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