diabetes

As we prepare to close out Diabetes Awareness Month, the focus at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center is on the theme for this year’s awareness campaign: Small Steps, Big Difference. The campaign targets people with prediabetes. Who has prediabetes?It turns out there are 88 million with prediabetes in this country alone. Many have no symptoms at all, so they’re not […]

One of our recent blogs explored what it might mean if your feet are cold all the time. But what if you have the opposite problem – feet that are always hot and sweaty? Primary hyperhidrosis – the medical term for too much sweat – is genetic. It’s more common in men than women, and it’s also more common in […]

When it comes to the health of our feet, the daily details we remember are cleanliness, wearing shoes and exercising. Still, there’s so much misinformation out there about these amazing body parts! Common myths about basic foot care abound, so let’s put some of them to rest: Myth #1: Foot pain is inevitable as we […]

We have many patients with diabetes at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. If we took a poll, they might agree that they hear this piece of advice from us above all others: Never give up keeping your blood sugar under control. It’s also an important message of the American Diabetes Association, which sponsors Diabetes Awareness Month every November. […]

Corns on your feet have several names. In medical circles, we call them “hyperkeratoses.” In Great Britain, they’re referred to as “rooster’s eye,” although we haven’t had an opportunity to consult any citizens there to find out exactly why! By any name, a corn refers to a patch of thickened skin on your foot. Corns are commonly found […]

October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month. All of us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center want to make our Fairfax County patients and friends more aware of how Raynaud’s disease could negatively affect your fingers and toes. Q: What is Raynaud’s disease?A: Raynaud’s is named after the 19th-century French doctor Maurice Raynaud, who first noted that the fingers and toes of […]

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases in the world and one of the most debilitating. Another way to express “arthritis” is “joint pain.” Painful joints can occur anywhere in the body – shoulders, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and feet, to name a few. Joints ache, especially among the 50 and older crowd, because of […]

In recognition of International Podiatry Day (October 8), we’d like to answer the three most common questions about podiatrists: What exactly is podiatry?It’s the medical specialty that deals exclusively with ailments of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. Who needs a podiatrist?People of all ages and from all walks of life experience problems with their […]

How to Fix Chronic Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, hurts the most when you step out of bed in the morning. The pain eases up as you walk around but comes back when you stop moving again. It seems a little odd, doesn’t it? Why would you have more heel pain when you’re not using your feet? The answer lies within the thick ligament […]

If you know a person who has NOT at some point or other taken a nasty fall, tell us about them the next time you visit Fairfax County’s Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. That person deserves special recognition because, well, pretty much everyone’s fallen at one time or another. However, when an older adult falls, it can […]