With Halloween upon us, the staff at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has monsters and goblins on the brain. We know all too well that monstrous things can happen to our feet, so it’s a good time of year to think about what those things are and what to do about them.

Scary things can happen…

…to the diabetic foot.

Uncontrolled blood sugar is bad news for your feet. One of the scariest things it can lead to is neuropathy, or lack of feeling. Diabetic neuropathy means you may not even know that you’ve sustained an injury to your foot. Make a habit of checking them every single day. Feel the inside of your shoes from time to time for sharp edges or objects that can cause injury. Diabetics in the D.C. area should visit Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM at least once per year for a complete exam.

…to children’s feet.

Kids who play sports are prone to an inflammation in their heel known as Sever’s disease. While it sounds scary and can be quite painful, with exercises and pain meds, kids tend to outgrow the inflammation.

…to those born with rare diseases.

About 2 out of every 1,000 babies are born with one or more extra toes, a condition called polydactyly. Another congenital disease called Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) can cause extra toes and very wide feet.

…to toenails.

Ingrown toenails occur when the side of the nail curves into the skin of the toe – they can get very red, inflamed, and painful! Untrimmed nails can crack, providing an entryway for bacteria and fungus.

…to those who wait.

If only we had a chocolate bar for every patient who didn’t make an appointment with Dr. Wilhelm soon enough! We’d never have to buy Halloween candy again. Nasty infections can result from an ignored ingrown toenail. The rash of athlete’s foot can spread from your toes into your toenails. A sprained ankle that isn’t treated in a timely manner can give you an ankle that gives you trouble for years to come.

The truth is that any foot condition can be scary if you’re not sure what to do about it. Get advanced treatment and quality foot and ankle care from our board-certified podiatrist at our office in Centreville, VA. Contact us online or give us a call at (703) 996-3000.

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