Author: Clifton Foot & Ankle

What to Do About a Broken Toe

Our nation has been riding the corona coaster for close to a year now. And over this tumultuous year, podiatrists have seen a mysterious increase in the number of broken toes. There are two parts to this mystery: first, why is it happening? Second, what should you do if it happens to you? Part 1: […]

Fix Your Cracked Heels

Dry, calloused, or cracked heels are not just unsightly and uncomfortable. They can also be dangerous. If you neglect the skin on your heels, it will likely continue to dry out. Cracks can eventually form and grow deeper. Bacteria can enter these deep cracks, also called heel fissures, and cause an infection. Cracked heels are […]

The Importance of a Good Pair of Socks

What do socks do? They keep your feet toasty warm, right? That’s what most people would say, especially during these cold winter months. Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm, our board-certified podiatrist at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, absolutely agrees. But we also want you to know that, besides warmth, there are other things to keep in […]

4 Steps to Help Prevent Heart Attacks in Women

What’s the #1 killer of women? Not cancer. Not COVID-19. It’s heart disease. Heart disease and its complications account for about 20% of all female deaths in the United States. To get people thinking and talking about this, the American Heart Association has named February 5 National Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health Day. But […]

Thyroid Disease Can Affect Your Feet

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center would like our patients in Fairfax County and northern Virginia to know that January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid gland is in your neck, but it can have a great deal to do with your feet. The thyroid gland and the pituitary gland (located […]

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Where’s the thickest, most powerful tendon in your body? Perhaps in your neck, to hold up your head? Good guess but look lower. At the back of your heel, you can feel the Achilles tendon, the largest, strongest tendon in the body. The Achilles tendon connects the muscles in your calf to the calcaneus or […]

Resolve to Get Rid of Warts for Good with Swift

Some plantar warts come and go, disappearing after they’ve had their fill of annoying you for several months. Others think they deserve to irritate you and your foot for what seems like forever. It’s not unusual for a wart on the sole of your foot to resist treatment and stick around for years. Treatments for […]

Why Are Your Toes Numb?

When a body part goes numb, how exactly do you describe it? Pins and needles? Sure, sometimes you call it that. Other times you might say you can’t quite feel that part of your body, or when you touch it if you can’t sense the touch. However you express it, numbness that lasts a long […]

The Benefits of Mind-Body Exercises

Imagine having the tools to get through each day with less pain, increased strength and flexibility, decreased anxiety, and a general sense of well-being. Well, studies show those tools exist in the form of exercise – in particular, mind-body exercises like yoga and tai-chi. Mind-body exercises combine slow and controlled body movements with mental focus […]

Turf Toe: A Painful Sprain of the Big Toe

Monday Night Football on December 7th became Monday Nightmare Football for Antonio Gibson. The rookie running back for the Washington Football Team suffered a turf toe injury early in the game against the Steelers. Turf toe is common in football. If you were to open your favorite search bar and type in “turf toe football,” […]

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