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By Active Podiatry
April 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care

What your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville wants you to knowpoor foot circulation

Poor blood circulation in your feet can be caused by a variety of medical conditions including diabetes, arterial blockage, blood clots or an injury to your foot. No matter what the cause of your poor foot circulation is, your podiatrist can help.

Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry wants to share the facts about poor foot circulation. He has two convenient office locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, to help you take care of your feet.

You may have poor circulation in your feet if you experience:

  • Cold toes and feet in all weather conditions
  • A numb feeling in your feet and toes
  • Cramping or a “pins and needles” feeling in your feet
  • Dry skin even if you are well-hydrated
  • Water retention and swollen feet
  • Varicose veins in your legs

There are medical conditions that cause poor foot circulation including diabetes, deep vein thrombosis and other circulatory conditions. There are also lifestyle issues which can lead to poor circulation. You can help prevent poor circulation in your feet by:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough exercise
  • Moving around regularly instead of spending long hours at the computer

If you have poor foot circulation, your podiatrist can help. There are many ways to effectively treat your feet, including:

  • Wearing insulated socks or boots to help maintain a normal temperature
  • Wearing compression stockings to add support and increase blood flow
  • Medications to increase blood flow
  • Nutritional and medicinal supplements

Poor circulation in your feet is just one of the conditions your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville can treat. For a complete listing of available treatments, please visit the services page on the website at http://www.activepodiatry.com/services.html

You don’t have to let poor foot circulation stop you in your tracks. Get some help from an expert. Call Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry, with convenient locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, to serve you. Protect your feet by calling today!

By Active Podiatry
February 09, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

How your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville can help youfoot pain

If you’ve ever experienced foot pain, you know how it can impact your life. You may stop walking and doing your daily activities. You may be confined to the couch. Fortunately, there are some effective treatments for foot pain. Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry can help. He has two office locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, to serve your needs.

There are many conditions which can cause foot pain, and each condition is treated differently by your podiatrist. Some common foot conditions and injuries include:

A bunion, which appears as a large, painful bony bump next to your big toe; they are caused from your big toe crowding against the toe next to it for an extended period of time. This crowding causes your big toe joint to protrude and rub against the inside of your shoe. Bunions are typically treated with:

  • Icing and taping the bunion
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
  • Custom shoe inserts or orthotics
  • Surgical options including fusing or removing part of the toe joint

Plantar fasciitis, which can cause severe heel pain; this condition is more common in runners and people who stand or walk on hard surfaces for an extended period of time. Common treatments include:

  • Icing your heel
  • Custom made wedges, heel supports or orthotics
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Steroid injections to decrease inflammation
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy to promote healing

If you have diabetes, one of the most common causes of foot pain is diabetic ulcers. Diabetes decreases your ability to fight off infections, so even a small cut or blister can turn into a diabetic ulcer. Dr. Chae may recommend:

  • Wearing custom footgear, a brace, crutches or a cast to reduce weight and pressure on the ulcer
  • Using medicated creams and dressings and bandaging the ulcer
  • Debriding the ulcer to remove infected, dead tissue
  • Surgical techniques such as shaving to decrease pressure on the ulcer

These are just a few of the common reasons for foot pain, but no matter what the cause of your foot pain is, Dr. Chae can help. For more information on foot pain treatment, call Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry, with offices in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN. Call today and save your feet!

By Active Podiatry
January 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunion surgery   bunions  

Walking and standing are important tasks that we often take for granted. Not being able to perform these daily activities due to a bunion bunionscan make life difficult and frustrating. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you overcome your bunion pain and treat your bunion to decrease or even cure your pain and discomfort. Learn more about bunions with Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN.

What are bunions? 
Bunions grow very slowly at the base of the big toe and, over time, develop into a large lump. In their later stages, bunions cause pain and discomfort, though at first they normally do not produce any symptoms. Bunions are more common in women than men, but men can also develop this condition. Many doctors conclude that bunions often relate to wearing too-narrow, too-tight, or high-heeled shoes regularly, which forces the toes into an unnatural position and causes bunions to form.

How do I know I have a bunion? 
Early stage bunions may not be as visibly obvious as those in their later stages. However, there are other ways to tell you may suffer from a bunion, including:

  • pain or discomfort at the base of the big toe
  • swelling at the base of the big toe
  • redness or irritation at the base of the big toe
  • corns or calluses
  • toes which overlap or point toward the outside of the foot
  • loss of mobility or range of motion of the big toe

Bunion Treatment in Indianapolis, IN 
Early stage bunions may only require careful monitoring and simple lifestyle changes like switching narrow shoes for a more comfortable type, to slow or stop bunion growth. However, more developed bunions will require a surgery called bunionectomy to remove the bunion and realign the bones and tissues of the foot. Since the bunion’s growth causes the toes to point outward and overlap, bunionectomy can also straighten and realign the toes to lie flat.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN. Call (317) 328-6622 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chae today!

By Active Podiatry
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Pain Treatments  

Foot pain affects many people from many walks of life and, due to its variety, it can come from a myriad of sources. In fact, pinpointing the cause of your foot pain can be quite difficult on your own. Luckily, your Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrists can help you find a diagnosis and begin treatment to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Find out more about foot pain with Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry.

What causes foot pain? 
While there are various causes for foot pain, some of the most common causes include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • bursitis
  • bunions
  • Achilles tendintis
  • bone spurs
  • flat feet
  • arthritis
  • stress fractures
  • ingrown toenails
  • corns
  • hammertoe

If your foot pain is severe, your foot is swollen, you cannot put any weight on your foot, you have a fever or diabetes or your pain is accompanied by an open wound and there are signs of an infection, you should seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible. If you have persistent foot pain which does not improve after a week or experience numbness or tingling, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Diagnosing Foot Pain
Pinpointing the exact cause of your pain will take some investigative work. Your doctor will suggest that you come in for a physical examination. At your exam, Dr. Chae gathers your family and medical history and visually examines your foot. If necessary, x-rays or MRIs can help Dr. Chae see any problems with your bones or their connective tissues. Be prepared to answer many questions about your lifestyle, activity level and daily routine.

Foot Pain Treatments in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN
Treatments for your foot pain will vary, depending on the reason behind it. Dr. Chae may begin with conservative treatments and work up to other, more complex methods. Some cases of foot pain resolve themselves with simple rest. Icing the foot or taking over-the-counter medications can help relieve pain and swelling. Your doctor may suggest prescription inserts for your shoes called orthotics or using a brace to help properly align the foot. Corticosteroid shots into the affected muscle or tendon may also help bring relief. In rare, severe cases, Dr. Chae may recommend surgery to correct the problem.

For more information on foot pain or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chae today!

By Active Podiatry
August 22, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns  

You have a hard, thickened area of skin on the side of your foot. It's not super painful, but your sneakers definitely irritate it. Your cornsCrawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN podiatrist, Dr. Yong Chae, says it's a corn, and you wonder if this presents a danger to your podiatric and overall health.

Dr. Chae of Active Podiatry values patient education and wants you to know all about your condition and how to safely alleviate it. So, here are the facts about corns, what they really are and what can be done about them.

Are Corns Dangerous?

The short answer is no, they are not, but with this caveat: any inflammation of the foot can develop complications if you are diabetic. Diabetics struggle with increased risk of infection and with compromised circulation. So, Dr. Chae recommends diabetics inspect their feet daily and to call Active Podiatry if you see any changes in foot structure or skin, such as a corn.

For the rest of us, corns aren't overly worrisome, but it's important to keep an eye on them so they don't get bigger, more irritated or develop an infection. Corns are prone to inflammation. Their near cousins, calluses, typically do not become reddened and sore.

The big problem with corns is continued irritation. Irritation usually starts these thick, rough, flaky skin bumps. Corns develop from shoes continually rubbing in one spot and from other factors such as:

  • wearing socks without shoes
  • wearing loose, ill-fitting shoes
  • bunions
  • hammertoes
  • bone spurs

Treatment of Corns

At Active Podiatry in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, your podiatrist sees corns all the time. They affect people of all ages and are easily treated. He may choose to gently shave the corn down, or he often recommends medication containing salicylic acid to soften, reduce the size of the corn or totally eliminate it. As needed, Dr. Chae prescribes antibiotics.

To prevent corns, the foot doctor asks patients to wear properly fitting, well-ventilated shoes. Moisturizers alleviate dry skin on the foot, and customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, reduce the wear and tear that are so often the genesis of corns and other podiatric health issues.

Struggling with Corns?

Please don't hesitate to contact Active Podiatry for a consultation. Corns and more complex foot problems get compassionate and highly skilled treatment with Dr. Chae. Please call (317) 328-6622 in Indianapolis. In Crawfordsville, phone (765) 362-7200.





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