If you go through life never needing a doctor who specializes in feet, you’re one of the lucky ones. Many, many people experience problems with their toes, foot, or ankles – and the older you get, the greater your chances of running into foot pain.
So who do you turn to when your “dogs” ache? Any kind of foot problem falls under the medical field of podiatry. The word “podiatrist” literally means foot doctor (“podi” is “foot” and “iatros” is “doctor.” Language of origin? It’s Greek).
Podiatrists are medical doctors
Podiatrists go to medical school just like any other doctor. After 4 years of medical school, they continue their education and training with 3 years in a hospital residency. After earning the letters DPM after their name (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine), podiatrists can become board-certified through advanced training and passing a rigorous exam.
Such is the case with Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Centreville, VA. Dr. Wilhelm is a board-certified podiatrist with 18 years of experience treating all manners of foot and ankle disorders.
What can a podiatrist treat?
Your feet and ankles are pretty complex structures, and there’s a lot that can go wrong. Pain is usually the result of one of three problems:
- anatomy – some problem with the way your foot or ankle is put together
- disease – diabetes, arthritis, and gout are a few of the biggest culprits
- accidents – sports injuries, falling down, tripping, etc.
Dr. Wilhelm is uniquely qualified to treat foot and ankle problems in all three of these categories. Specifically, he can help diagnose, treat, and prevent:
- toenail fungus
- running injuries
- heel pain
- ankle sprains
- fractures (broken bones)
- flat feet
- and much more!
When you need surgery
Dr. Wilhelm is also board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. While he’ll do everything in his power to treat your problem through conservative methods, if you need surgery, he’s got the qualifications and experience to get you through.
Adult and children included
Dr. Wilhelm is equally at home serving the needs of children and adult patients. Parents should note that any problem with their child’s growing foot is best addressed by a doctor specializing in feet. If you live west of D.C. and have questions or problems with your feet or ankles, make an appointment with the doctor who knows feet best. Call us at (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.