6 Ways to Prepare Your Feet for Summer

It’s nearly summer in Fairfax County – are your feet ready? They’ve been quarantined along with the rest of you, cooped up in socks and slippers, and they probably need some extra attention. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm offers six ways to get your feet geared up to, once again, see the light of […]

What’s Causing Your Chronic Heel Pain?

Heel pain, or plantar fasciitis, is prevalent in adults and not unheard of in active children. The cause of this pain is when the large band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. Inflammation occurs for several reasons: Some examples of overuse include walking a lot on the same hard […]

Use the ABCDEFG Method to Detect Melanoma

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer. It’s fast-growing. It’s more likely than other types of skin cancer to metastasize – that is, to invade other parts of your body. Feet are no strangers to skin cancer, including melanoma. Fairfax County board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm wants […]

Dos and Don’ts of Mowing the Lawn

The statistics are grim: each year in the United States, about 85,000 people seek treatment in the emergency room for lawnmower-related injuries. 16.2% of them involve the lower limbs. Yes, accidents happen; they always will. But you can help prevent a loved one from losing a toe, foot, or lower leg by following some specific […]

Use Exercise to Improve Your Arthritis Symptoms

Picture this: a 66-year-old athlete goes to the doctor complaining of ankle pain. This woman runs considerable distances every week and says she’s participated in 14 triathlons in the last few months. The doctor takes some x-rays and finds severe ankle osteoarthritis. He cannot believe the x-rays he took correspond to this person who can […]

Should You Worry About a Lump in Your Foot?

At Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, we see a fair number of lumps and bumps on people’s feet. A lump or bump that hurts, swells up, or oozes pus needs our attention. Visit our Fairfax County podiatry office so the doctor can help with further attention. But what of other bulges, skin lesions, or bony knobs that aren’t […]

Bunion Treatment Doesn’t Have to Mean Surgery

A bunion is a deformity of the joint at the base of your big toe. It looks like a bony bump jutting outward. There can be redness, swelling, tenderness, and difficulty bending the joint. The tendency to form a bunion is usually inherited.  Still you can inadvertently speed up the process by wearing shoes that […]

The Smart Way to Treat a Blister

Foot blisters rarely take us by surprise. You’re out for a hike, and pressure from your new boots turns the back of your heel a troublesome shade of red. You know you’re close to getting a blister. Or you pull off your running shoes at the end of a race and find the source of […]

Foot and Ankle Bones Can Grow Spurs

Every action has a reaction. If you ask your mom 117 times a day if you can get a new iPhone, the chances are good she’ll lash out at you at #118 – or sooner. And just as you can rub your mom the wrong way, you can unintentionally rub the bones of your feet […]

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