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By Active Podiatry
March 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

When your feet hurt, you're miserable, and the pain disrupts your daily routine. What's the solution? At Active Podiatry in Indianapolis and Foot PainCrawfordsville, Dr. Yong Chae is your podiatrist, and he can help eliminate foot pain with accurate diagnoses and discomfort relieving care plans that will get you moving again!


The most common causes of foot pain

Most foot pain stems from age and overuse. In fact, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons states that even health benefitting gym workouts and sports can cause a variety of acute and chronic foot and ankle problems including recurring pain.

At Activity Podiatry in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Dr. Chae sees scores of patients whose feet hurt simply because of being active or because enough time has passed for them to begin experiencing age-related issues.

The following three podiatric problems are some of the most common causes of discomfort and they can be relieved through common sense strategies and interventions recommended by Dr. Chae. They include:

  • Metatarsalgia: An inflammatory condition involving the area of the foot just behind the toes. The ball of the foot experiences sharp pain and swelling often as a result of a gait problem called overpronation.
  • Bunions: An often painful deformity that forms around the joint at the base of the big toe. Also called Hallux valgus, this sore, red bump often progresses to the point where the big toe turns toward the second toe and may even overlap it. Age, weight, and tight shoes contribute to bunion formation and progression, with arthritis often accompanying it, compounding the pain and mobility issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis: An inflammation of the band of connective tissue which stretches from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Overpronation, or repeated twisting of the foot toward the midline, contributes to this very painful condition, as does athletic overuse, unsupportive footwear, and weight problems. Heel bone spurs sometimes co-exist with plantar fasciitis, as well.


If you have foot pain...

Be sure to book an appointment with Dr. Yong Chae. He'll listen carefully to all your symptoms, inspect your feet, watch you walk, and do X-rays and other imaging if warranted. You'll receive a treatment plan which will reduce your pain and increase your mobility.

These interventions are frequently included in a podiatric care plan to reduce pain:

  1. Rest
  2. Ice
  3. Elevation of the foot above the level of your heart
  4. Pain relief with over-the-counter analgesics such as ibuprofen
  5. Change to shoes with room in the toes, low heels, and shock-absorbing soles
  6. Shoe padding, particularly for bunions
  7. Using customized shoe orthotics (inserts) to correct gait issues and provide cushioning and support
  8. Stretching exercises and physical therapy


Contact us

If you're in pain, we can help. Please call Active Podiatry for an appointment today. Dr. Yong Chae has two offices to serve you. For the Indianapolis location, phone (317) 328-6622, and for Crawfordsville, call (765) 362-7200.

By Active Podiatry
January 15, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoulder Arthritis  

How your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana can help with ankle pain


Ankle pain isn’t just annoying. It can also dramatically affect your ability to walk. You can develop ankle instability, which can cause mobility issues. The good news is your podiatrist can help with ankle pain. Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry treats ankle pain effectively to help get you back on your feet. He has two convenient office locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana to help you.

If you are lucky, your ankle pain may go away on its own. If you have chronic ankle pain, you shouldn’t wait for it to go away. You should seek out the help of an expert because chronic ankle pain can be a sign of:

  • A severe ankle sprain
  • A fractured ankle
  • A torn ligament or tendon
  • Inflammation or arthritis in your ankle joint
  • A nerve injury around your ankle

There are some definite indications you should seek out help from your podiatrist. You should make an appointment with your podiatrist if you:

  • Have recurring, intense pain on the outside of your ankle
  • Experience ankle instability and problems walking on an uneven surface
  • Have chronic swelling and stiffness in your ankle
  • Experience repeated ankle sprains

Fortunately, your podiatrist can handle your ankle pain with effective treatments. At Active Podiatry, some of the treatments for ankle pain include:

  • Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling around your ankle
  • Physical therapy and stretching to increase the range of motion and mobility
  • Steroid medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Walking casts or ankle braces for added support

If you are dealing with ankle pain, don’t wait to get the help you need because your ankles play an important role in your life. Ankle instability and pain can dramatically affect your ability to get through your daily activities. Don’t let ankle pain keep you on the couch. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry, with offices in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana. Call today!

By Active Podiatry
October 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrist in Indianapolis, Indiana can help you get relief from heel pain

If you have heel pain, you know just how much it can affect both your feet and your everyday routine. However, you don’t have to let heel pain control your existence—Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry can heal your feet and give you your life back! He has two convenient office locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana and is ready to help you as soon as possible!

Heel PainHeel Pain Causes

There are many causes of heel pain, and treatment will vary depending on what is causing your pain. If you are carrying excess weight, are flat-footed, or have diabetes, you may experience heel pain along with other types of foot pain. If you routinely wear shoes that don’t adequately support your feet or are worn-out, heel pain may be the result. Foot trauma such as stepping on sharp objects can also hurt your heel. You may also develop excess calcium deposits or bone spurs which can cause discomfort.

To prevent these common causes of heel pain, make sure to always wear comfortable, supportive shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are doing. Try to maintain a healthy weight to prevent stress on your feet, and pay attention to the surface you are walking on, avoiding sharp, hard objects if you can.

Heel Pain Treatments

For pain relief, you can try taking Tylenol or ibuprofen, elevating your feet, and icing your heel several times during the day. Wearing heel wedges and other types of cushioning in your shoes can also help support your heels and ease pain.

Podiatrists agree that one of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The thick band of connective tissue which runs across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, can become inflamed, leading to plantar fasciitis pain. It’s a common condition in runners, but it can also be caused by standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time. If you roll your feet inward when you walk, a habit called overpronating, it can also lead to plantar fasciitis.

At Active Podiatry, Dr. Chae treats plantar fasciitis very effectively with:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Stretching or physical therapy
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

Dealing with Heel Pain? Call Today!

You don’t have to let heel pain control your life! Effective treatment is available with just a simple phone call. Talk with an expert by calling Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry, with offices in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana. Call today!

By Active Podiatry
August 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

A sore big toe--it's no big deal, right? Well, it can become a big deal if your ingrown toenail becomes infected. At Active Podiatry iIngrown Toenail Treatmentn Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN, your foot doctor, Dr. Yong Chae, sees and treats many ingrown toenails for feet that are pain-free and totally mobile. Read here all about Onychocryptosis (that's the medical term for ingrown toenails).

How did it happen?

You've had clear, well-shaped toenails all your life. Now, the left big toenail is sore and the surrounding skin looks red.

Sometimes, wearing too-tight shoes or bunched up socks creates a lot of pressure and friction on toenails, forcing them into the skin, particularly at the corners.

Sometimes, too, people clip their toenails too short and round the corners. Toenails are not like fingernails, says your foot doctor in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis. Cutting and rounding their edges set the stage for both Onychomycosis, or fungal nails, and Onychocryptosis, or ingrown nails.

Other contributing factors include:

  • Wearing high-heeled, narrow-toed shoes
  • Heredity (some foot structures run in families, and their members tend to develop ingrown nails, bunions, and other podiatric issues)
  • Poor foot hygiene

Prevention and treatment

Prevention is the best treatment for ingrown toenails. Be sure to wear clean shoes and socks daily, and wash your feet with soap and water, too. Choose footwear with adequate room for your toes so they can wiggle a bit side to side and up and down. Plus, trim your nails straight across the top, using clean clippers.

If, however, an ingrown nail happens--and for some people the problem becomes chronic--try soaking the foot three times a day in warm water. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons also advises over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and sensible shoes or even sandals until your nail feels better.

If symptoms persist, please see Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry. If the nail is infected, he may prescribe an oral antibiotic, and he may trim the nail for you. Some cases of Onychocryptosis are so severe that the podiatrist removes the offending side of the nail. This procedure is called partial nail avulsion and is performed entirely in-office with the benefit of local anesthetic.

Healthier toenails

You can have ten healthy toenails once again. If you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, don't wait. Contact Active Podiatry for a consultation with Dr. Chae. For the Indianapolis location, call (317) 328-6622, and for Crawfordsville, phone (765) 362-7200.

By Active Podiatry
July 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Are your toenails yellow, thick, or crumbly despite the many over-the-counter anti-fungal products you've tried? Toenail fungus can be toenail fungusdifficult to treat, but help is available. Dr. Yong Chae, your foot doctor at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, provides several treatments that can help treat your fungal infection.

How can I improve the color and condition of my nails?

Clearing your nails starts with killing the fungus that caused the color change. Over-the-counter products only penetrate the top layers of nails. If your infection starts in deeper layers of the nail or the nail bed, these products will never work no matter how faithfully you use them. Whether you've been living with toenail fungus for months or years, a visit to your Indianapolis or Crawfordsville podiatrist is the key to eliminating your fungal infection.

Your foot doctor may recommend one of these treatments:

  • Medicated polishes or creams designed to reach the deepest layers of your nails
  • Oral medications if creams and polishes aren't helpful (Oral antifungals aren't recommended if you have liver disease or congestive heart failure.)
  • Nail removal (Removal allows treatment of the nail bed and is usually only performed if other treatments are unsuccessful.)
  • Laser treatment that kills the pigment in toenail fungus by heating it

What can I do to avoid toenail fungus?

These things will help you avoid a new fungal infection:

  • Wear Shoes Everywhere: You can easily pick up a new infection if you happen to walk on the floor after someone with a fungal infection has passed by. Avoid infection by wearing shoes or sandals in public places, like pools or locker rooms.
  • Keep Your Feet Dry: Fungi grow well in dark, wet places, like the insides of your shoes. Discourage fungal growth by adding a little talcum powder to your feet before you put on your socks. If you perspire heavily, pull on a fresh pair of socks when the first pair become saturated.
  • Use the Hot Wash Cycle: It's not unusual for people who live together to share a fungal infection. Prevent a re-infection by washing socks, sheets, towels, washcloths, and bath mats in 140F water or hotter. Lower temperatures may not kill the infection.

Keep your toenails fungus-free with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Chae of Active Podiatry by calling (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis office, or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville office.