If you have chronic pain in your toes, heel, ankle, or anywhere else on your foot, what can you do about it? One of the smartest things you can do is to get an evaluation as soon as possible by an expert in all things “feet.” You need a foot doctor and in northern Virginia that means podiatrist Kenneth R. Wilhelm, DPM of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center.
Dr. Wilhelm is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery. That’s important to know because there are so many conditions of the foot that may require a qualified surgeon. Here are some examples:
- Torn soft tissue. Soft tissue refers to any of the numerous tendons and ligaments in your foot and ankle. A sprained ankle might be so severe that the ligaments connecting bones to muscles in your ankle are torn and unable to heal properly on their own. They may need surgical repair. The Achilles tendon, which runs up the back of your foot from the heel into your calf muscle, frequently tears or ruptures as a result of a fall or a sports injury, and may need an expert surgeon to fix it.
- Bone spurs. When certain areas of the foot are subjected to constant pressure, the bone may respond by growing outward in the form of a projection called a spur. The pain of a bone spur can sometimes be alleviated with orthotic inserts and a change in footwear. Over time, surgery may become the only option to remove the spur and the pain that accompanies it.
- Claw toes and hammertoes. Toes that curl downward (claw) or lift upward in the middle (hammer) can become very uncomfortable, affecting the way you move. Surgery can straighten out the toes and get you back in shoes you may have long ago put aside.
- Chronic nerve pain. An inflamed nerve in between your lesser toes is fairly common. But when the affected nerve is severe and unrelenting, Dr. Wilhelm can perform surgery to remove it.
Other foot surgeries include bunion removal, correcting a flat foot, and restoring joints ravaged by arthritis. Many foot surgeries are done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Post-surgery times and therapies will vary depending on the procedure. If you have chronic foot pain, make an appointment with us to discuss all your options. We’re committed to answering all of your questions and making you as comfortable as possible with your decision to have foot surgery.
Contact us anytime online or by calling our office in Centreville, VA at (703) 996-3000.