Is it possible to have a perfectly healthy foot? Well, that’s a tough one. Feet endure some of the toughest abuse around because we literally use them every day to:
- Carry our weight – sometimes way too much of it!
- Propel us forward, getting us from one place to the next, and
- Keep our balance, preventing us from falling over at every twist and turn.
That’s a lot of responsibility for all the bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons in each foot. And beginning with our first steps as a toddler, and sometimes even before that, there’s a lot that can go wrong.
Unhealthy feet have pain
Any foot that’s got pain is not as healthy as it should be, says our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Some of the most common forms of foot pain that we successfully treat at our office in Centreville, Virginia include:
- Plantar fasciitis – The plantar fascia is the long band of soft tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and helps form the arch. When it’s inflamed, it causes heel pain that’s usually worse in the morning and gets better when the plantar fascia gets a chance to stretch out from walking.
- Ingrown toenails – redness, severe pain, and swelling from any toenail that begins to grow into the surrounding skin at the sides of the nail.
- Gout – this is very painful form of arthritis in the big toe that’s caused by excess levels of uric acid in the blood.
- Fungal toenails – thick, brittle, and/or yellowed nails are infected with a fungus that can be hard to treat on your own.
- Achilles tendonitis – overuse of the lower legs can cause the Achilles tendon to become inflamed (that’s the tendon that connects the back of your heel to your calf muscle).
- Flat feet – feet that have a small arch or no arch at all present a number of painful challenges.
- Bunions – frequently misunderstood, bunions aren’t an outgrowth of extra bone at the base of the big toe but a misalignment of the joint that we can often attribute to genetics.
Any of these conditions, along with many others, can cause pain and difficulty walking. A healthy foot, however, may be within your reach. Pick up the phone and make an appointment with Dr. Wilhelm by calling (703) 996-3000. Expert, caring diagnosis and treatment is also available by contacting us online.