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By Active Podiatry
February 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot-related issues can quickly become a frustrating source of pain and discomfort, causing normal tasks like making your morning coffee foot painor enjoying a walk with your dog. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you overcome your foot pain by pinpointing its cause and determining the best course of treatment for you. Find out more about the causes of foot pain and what your doctor can do to help you treat it with Dr. Yong Chae and the team at Active Podiatry with locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN.

What causes foot pain? 
The causes of foot pain can vary greatly depending on medical history, lifestyle, underlying conditions, and other contributing factors. However, there are some causes of foot pain which are more common than others, including:

  • tendonitis
  • achilles tendonitis
  • sprain/fracture
  • bunions
  • stress fractures
  • arthritis
  • bursitis
  • neuroma
  • hammertoe/mallet toe
  • flatfeet
  • corns/calluses
  • bone spur

Diagnosing Foot Pain 
As with most diagnostic processes, your foot doctor will request that you come into their office for a physical examination. The exam may involve x-rays or MRIs depending on the circumstances. Your doctor will physically feel and examine the foot to assess whether there are any outward abnormalities and use the x-rays or MRIs to determine if anything is amiss on the inside. Then, they will use your medical history, family history, and lifestyle to investigate further into the cause of your foot pain. After diagnosing where the pain comes from, your doctor will then begin determining the best treatment for you.

Treating Foot Pain in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville
Your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your pain, its cause, and any other underlying or coexisting conditions. Treatment can range anywhere from simple rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE method) coupled with over-the-counter medications to surgery to correct foot-related issues. Your podiatrist is an expert in treating conditions which cause foot pain and is your best source of information for an effective treatment.

For more information on foot pain causes, diagnosis, treatment, or more, please contact Dr. Chae and the team at Active Podiatry with locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN. Call (317) 328-6622 to schedule your appointment in Indianapolis and (765) 362-7200 to schedule your appointment in Crawfordsville today!

By Active Podiatry
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: hammertoes  

Wondering if you have a hammertoe? Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae of Active Podiatry discusses hammertoe symptoms and hammertoeexplains a few things you can do to relieve them.

Do I have a hammertoe?

If your toe bends at a right angle, you may have a hammertoe. The condition is called "hammer" toe because your bent toe looks a little like a hammer. Although hammertoe doesn't affect big toes, it can occur in any other toe. Ignoring hammertoe isn't a good idea. When you first notice the change in your toe, you may be able to temporarily straighten it by pressing on it. Unfortunately, without treatment, the toe may become rigid and inflexible.

Wearing shoes can be a painful experience if you have hammertoe, particularly if you continue to wear shoes that press against the top of your toe. If you have the condition, your toe may appear red and swollen, and you may develop corns and calluses on the top of it.

How did I get hammertoe?

Hammertoe frequently occurs if your shoes place constant pressure on your toes. High heels and very tight shoes are common culprits. Pressure on the toe can also cause the tendon in your toe to shorten, making it difficult to fully extend it. Muscle imbalances in your feet, arthritis, or foot injuries may contribute to the development of hammertoes.

What can I do about hammertoe?

Making changes to your footwear can help reduce pain and swelling. Look for roomy shoes that are tall enough to accommodate your toe. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation.

If your toe is still flexible, it may be possible to reverse your condition with exercise. Exercises don't require special equipment and offer a simple way to treat a flexible hammertoe.

When home treatment isn't effective, or your hammertoe has become rigid, schedule a visit with our Indianapolis or Crawfordsville, IN podiatrist. We can recommend a variety of treatments will improve your symptoms. Prescription anti-inflammatory medications may offer relief of pain and swelling. If your toe is flexible, you may benefit from wearing prescription inserts in your shoes or padding and taping your toe. Although conservative measures are often helpful in treating flexible hammertoes, rigid hammertoes usually require surgery.

Prompt treatment is the key to relieving your hammertoe pain. Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae of Active Podiatry by calling (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis, IN, office or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville, IN, office.

By Active Podiatry
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Dealing with bunions is a painful and arduous ordeal. If you would like to learn more about how to rid yourself of this issue, then you should bunionsask Dr. Yong Chae, a podiatrist located in Indianapolis & Crawfordsville, IN.

What are bunions?

Bunions appear when the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe becomes deformed. The deformity occurs when the big toe moves and is no longer in its proper orientation or position. When your footwear is uncomfortable or tight, it will rub against your bunion, causing pain due to the friction.

If your toe bends towards the rest of your toes and starts overlapping them, this is called hallux valgus. This problem will not only place pressure and friction against the bunion, but you will feel discomfort, irritation and inflammation.

What else can bunions cause?

  • Hallus Abducto Valgus, which is when the big toe moves towards the second toe
  • Hammertoes, Bursitis, Arthritis, and Corns and Calluses
  • Skin over the bunion becomes thicker and more tender

Causes of Bunions

Bunions can be caused by several things, here are few examples:

  • Flat feet
  • Foot injuries
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Feet have structural abnormality

Pain Relief

Your Indianapolis & Crawfordsville, podiatrist can show you several treatments to help relieve your bunion pain:

  • Wear protective padding made of felt to alleviate pressure, irritation and inflammation.
  • If you suffer from corns and calluses, make sure to have them removed.
  • Wearing an orthotic device created to maintain your big toe in the proper position may help improve your condition.
  • Exercising can help you with mobility and reduce stiffness; it is a healthy addition to your overall lifestyle.

If you wish to know more about bunions and how to relieve yourself of it, then you should contact your podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae. His offices are located in Indianapolis & Crawfordsville, IN. Call to make an appointment today:

Indianapolis (317) 328-6622
Crawfordsville (765) 362-7200

By Active Podiatry
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Diabetic complications don’t have to happen to you. Here’s how to protect the health of your feet.diabetic foot care

When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes there are so many things that you have to think about that it can feel a bit overwhelming. Not only is it important to keep your blood sugar under control but you also want to ensure that no health problems befall you. Since foot complications are common in those with diabetes, our Indianapolis podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae is here to provide some simple tips for how to keep feet healthy.

Wash Feet Daily

Just letting the water run over your feet in the shower isn’t the same as actually washing them. Using a gentle soap and warm (not hot) water, make sure to give your feet a thorough cleaning every day. And don’t forget to completely dry them off, particularly in between toes (which is one area prone to developing fungal infections).

Perform Self-Exams

You are going to be the first to know if there is something wrong with your feet. Of course, if you aren’t inspecting them every day then you may be less likely to tell whether there are suspect or suspicious changes that could greatly impact your health. When you inspect your feet make sure to look for everything from cracked skin to blisters, cuts, redness or calluses. Any changes in your foot health should be checked over by our Indianapolis foot doctor to make sure the issue is under control.

Wear Protective Footwear

Particularly if diabetes has left you with nerve damage, you will want to make sure that you wear shoes and socks every day (even when in the comfort of your own home). This is because you may not be able to feel if you sustain an injury to the foot, which can easily turn into a serious complication if left untreated. By wearing supportive, diabetic-friendly shoes every day you can help keep foot problems at bay.

Diabetes doesn’t have to negatively impact your foot health. Our foot care specialists in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, are here to help. Call Active Podiatry today!

By Active Podiatry
June 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Chronic lateral ankle pain is pain that is a recurring or chronic pain on the outside portion of the ankle. This often develops after an injury ankle painsuch as a sprained ankle. Your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, Dr. Yong Chae, can examine each patient and determine the cause of their particular pain. He is well versed in treatment options for ankle pain and is dedicated to helping his patients to relieve their pain and discomfort.

About Ankle Pain

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of ankle pain include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Repeated ankle sprains
  • Pain on the outer side of the ankle
  • Difficulty walking on uneven ground
  • Instability

Some other causes of ankle pain other than ankle sprains include:

  1. Torn or inflamed tendon
  2. Fracture in one of the bones in the ankle joint
  3. Arthritis in the joint
  4. Inflammation in the lining of the joint
  5. Nerve injury
  6. Scar tissue in the ankle after a sprain

Going without treatment for an extended period of time can further extend one's injury. Proper footwear is important as it can support the foot and ankle the best. For many patients, custom orthotics may be helpful for any type of pain in the foot, not just the ankle.

Ultimately, your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Dr. Chae, has countless treatments available for his patients. Some of the most common treatment options for ankle pain include anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. Physical therapy also has been successful as it focuses on strengthening the muscles, restoring range of motion and increases the perception of the joint itself. Ankle braces can also be used. Steroid medications are used to reduce inflammation and for arthritis.

For more information on professional ankle pain treatment from an Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN podiatrist such as Dr. Chae, call his office at 317-328-6622 today.

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