4 Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask a Podiatrist

Let’s face it: we’ve all had medical questions lurking around our heads that we’re afraid to speak out loud for fear of sounding dumb, ignorant, old-fashioned, inexperienced, late to the party — however your particular fear feels to you!

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, our board-certified podiatrist here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, says “Fear not.” Dr. Wilhelm’s been in practice for more than 14 years and in that time has fielded just about any question you could think of on the subject of feet. There are some common ones that make our patients squirm, so let’s just get them right out in the open right here, right now:

  1. Why do I have smelly feetYour feet smell because they’ve got 250,000 sweat glands in them! When we house them in nylon socks and shoes that don’t give them any air, they’re going to sweat even more. And while some sweating is normal, there are people who suffer from excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis.  If you’re concerned about how much your feet sweat, don’t be afraid to ask us about it.
  2. Can you fix my ugly toenails? Your unattractive toenails may be suffering from some type of fungus. Fungal infections cause nails to turn brownish or yellowish, thick, and crumbly. If you’re hiding them for any of these reasons, let us know. Prescription-strength medications for toenail fungus can have you slipping on your sandals by the time summer 2018 is in full swing.
  3. How did I get athlete’s foot? Afraid to talk about your itchy feet? Got scaly skin in between your toes? It’s not because you’ve got lousy hygiene! People get athlete’s foot from walking barefoot in public places such as gym locker rooms or public pool decks. The different fungi that cause athlete’s foot like to grow and multiply in wet places, so if you exposed your feet in such a place, or shared shoes or a towel with someone else who did, that’s where you likely picked it up.
  4. Should I be worried about my burning feet? Tingling or burning feet might be due to simple overuse or shoes that are too tight. But they could also signal a bigger underlying problem such as thyroid disease or diabetes. So yes, bring your worry to our podiatry office in Centreville, Virginia, where we can properly diagnose your problem.

From bumps and bruises to sports injuries and impending surgery, there’s no question about your feet that we’re not prepared to help you with. Don’t be afraid to call us for an appointment at (703) 996-3000 or bring your concerns to us online.

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