Category: Foot Health

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 […]

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 […]

Good Foot Care Makes Sense!

We’re realists here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. We realize most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their foot health. Luckily, we’re here to remind our Fairfax County patients that April is Foot Health Awareness Month! It’s easy to increase your awareness of your feet and learn how to keep them […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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