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You've got questions about foot and ankle pain—and we've got answers. Our first-class team of surgical podiatrists provides a wealth of foot and ankle care information on a variety of topics including prevention, surgery, and things you can do at home to help heal your foot and ankle pain.

If you have a specific concern and are having a hard time finding answers for your questions about custom orthotics, foot therapy, or any podiatry topic, schedule an appointment at one of our podiatry clinics for a personalized consultation with one of our Milwaukee-area foot specialists

Hammertoe Surgery: What You Need to Know

Milwaukee Surgical Podiatrists Relieve Hammertoe Pain Hammertoe surgery may be the best option for patients who are still in pain after trying non-invasive hammertoe treatments. Patients with hammertoes often have other toe problems, such as bunions or corns. Our surgical podiatrists are highly experienced in both surgical and non-operative … Continue Reading

Foot Pain & Diseases

Diagnosing & treating foot pain caused by underlying health conditions Many different diseases can affect the complex structure of the feet & ankles. Diseases and other health conditions can cause foot pain when symptoms such as inflammation, neuropathy, infection or other disorders affect the bones, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels … Continue Reading

Treating gout pain in the toes & ankles

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Early gout attacks can resolve on their own - but ignoring the underlying cause will only lead to more frequent, prolonged attacks. Learn to recognize & manage gout pain Gout is one of many health conditions causing pain in the feet. Most cases of gout affect the big toe joint, but it c… Continue Reading

Foot Pain & Crohn's Disease

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Understanding the connection between IBD, foot pain & treatment strategies Foot & ankle pain can arise independently or as a complication of inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. People with Crohn’s disease experience chroni… Continue Reading

Is Your Foot Pain an Early Sign of Osteoporosis?

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Foot pain while walking could be an early symptom of weakened bone tissue in the feet. Diagnosing & treating osteoporosis pain in Milwaukee Osteoporosis (meaning ‘porous bone’) is a disease caused by too much bone tissue loss, too little bone production, or both. Patients su… Continue Reading

Elderly Foot & Nail Care Tips from Top Milwaukee Podiatrists

Proper Foot Care for Senior Feet Prevents Further Injury and Protects Health Regular foot care with a podiatrist helps older adults keep enjoying the activities they love. The older we get, the more important it is to take good care of our feet. For many reasons, foot health tends to decline in seniors. Reasons why senior citizens experience… Continue Reading

4 Key Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics help your feet feel better so you can get back to the things you enjoy. Orthotics, also called arch supports or inserts, are used to aid people with foot pain. Orthotics can be a very powerful way to change the way that we walk, correct deformities, and keep joints in alignment. The general concept behind an orthotic is that … Continue Reading

6 surprising ways hepatitis C causes foot pain & problems

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Symptom information & treatment for toe, foot & ankle problems caused by hep C Hep C infection can cause many different symptoms affecting the feet & ankles including, burning, tingling, itching and pain. Hepatitis C is a viral infection causing chronic liver disease. Hep C can … Continue Reading

Kidney Disease and Foot Pain

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Treatment Options for Swollen Feet in Milwaukee Swollen feet and legs are an early symptom of kidney disease. Kidneys are responsible for keeping the body healthy and functioning. They help remove excess fluid from the body, clear out waste, and the distribution of oxygen-rich red blood cel… Continue Reading

Hypothyroidism and Foot Pain

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain How Abnormal Thyroids Cause Pain in Feet Hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid) can lead to foot pain. Thyroid disease can refer to any dysfunction of the thyroid gland, a large butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. People who have thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, of… Continue Reading

Is Lyme Disease Making Your Feet Hurt?

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Milwaukee podiatrists get to the bottom of all types of foot & ankle pain Our podiatrists diagnose the underlying cause of foot pain for effective treatment. Foot pain is a common symptom reported by people suffering from Lyme disease – whether or not they’ve been diagnosed.… Continue Reading

Babinski Reflex Testing for Babies & Adults in Milwaukee

Fast, painless reflex test reveals important information about your brain & nervous system The Babinski reflex is a response after the sole of the foot is firmly stroked. The test for the Babinski reflex is simple but the results can identify potentially very serious central nervous system dysfunction. You should never self-diagnose or di… Continue Reading

Cheilectomy to Surgically Remove Bone Spurs

Milwaukee Podiatrists Treat Hallux Rigidus Cheilectomy treats big toe bone spurs Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin offer cheilectomy, better known as bone spur removal surgery, for our patients. This is a treatment option for those with hallux rigidus, a specific type of foot arthritis of the big toe or metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP). … Continue Reading

Foot Ulcer Treatment in Milwaukee

Foot ulcers require treatment to prevent long-term foot problems. How to Treat Pressure Ulcers on Feet Ulcers are not just in the stomach. They can occur anywhere on the body when skin or another body membrane is broken. Foot ulcers, also known as pressure ulcers, are breaks in the skin which appear on the bottom of toes or the balls of the f… Continue Reading

Freiberg’s Disease Treatment in Wisconsin

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Athletes like runners often experience Freiberg's disease. Metatarsal Infraction Management in Milwaukee Freiberg disease is a foot condition caused by physical stress on the metatarsal bones. The stress creates fractures on the bone which can interrupt the blood supply to the area. This ca… Continue Reading

Do you need to see a podiatrist for turf toe?

Our podiatrists will identify and treat the true cause of your toe pain for a speedy recovery! Turf Toe Injury Treatments and Recovery Time Toe pain can be caused by injury, genetics, arthritis, gout and the list goes on. If you think you may have turf toe, make an appointment to get your big toe joint checked out by our experienced podi… Continue Reading

Do I have hallux limitus? (Why does my big toe hurt when I step on it?)

Get treatment for your toe pain so you can enjoy your favorite activities again! At-home treatments, exercises and footwear for functional hallux limitus If you feel pain and/or stiffness in your big toe joint when standing or walking, it could be arthritis. Hallux limitus and hallux rigidus (literally: big toe stiffness) are the terms used … Continue Reading

Lupus Foot Pain Relief in Wisconsin

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Autoimmune diseases are disorders causing abnormal activity of the immune system. An overactive immune system can cause pain in the feet, toes and ankles. Lupus is one of the most common autoimmune diseases along with rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes. Raynaud’s disease and Graves&r… Continue Reading

Yes, You Can Get Foot Pain from Driving (No, You’re Not Alone)

Truck Drivers & Commuters Can Easily Suffer Foot & Ankle Pain from Driving Footwear, posture & repetitive stress when driving can cause foot & ankle problems. Our podiatrists have seen it all, and know how to help. Slick roads, drunk drivers and road rage aren’t the only dangers of driving—simply driving a car or t… Continue Reading

Popular Sandal Styles May Cause Foot Problems in Men

Sandals Can Cause Heel pain, Achilles Tendonitis & Other Foot Issues Footwear has come a long way since Roman armies conquered an empire wearing only sandals on their feet. But what’s old is new again. Recent market research reveals sales of men’s sandals increasing year over year.Along with the growing popularity of men&rsquo… Continue Reading

Preventing Foot Amputations Due to Diabetes

Milwaukee Podiatrist Urges Diabetes Patients to Take Simple Precautions to Help Save Their Feet Taking a minute or two every day to inspect your feet and observing a few simple rules can make the difference in sparing diabetes patients from a preventable outcome of the disease – a foot amputation. “Of all diabetes-related complication… Continue Reading

Milwaukee Foot Doctor Notices More Foot Pain in Overweight Children

Podiatry Care Helps Reduce Painful Symptoms and Encourage Active Lifestyles Dr. Timothy Henke says he’s noticing more and more overweight and obese children in the Milwaukee area with foot and ankle pain in his examining room, mirroring a national epidemic of childhood obesity. An estimated 16 percent of U.S. children ages six to 19 are ove… Continue Reading

Why Foot Pain Persists After Pregnancy & What You Can Do

Milwaukee Podiatrists Treat Postpartum Foot & Heel Pain  Postpartum foot pain can affect joints, nerves & arches and lead to ankle, knee and hip problems if left untreated. Our expert, caring podiatrists can help. Over-pronation (flat feet) is one of the most common foot problems experienced during pregnancy. Pregnancy weight gai… Continue Reading

Heel Pain and Treatment during Pregnancy

Milwaukee Podiatrists Specialize in Treating Heel & Foot Pain in Pregnant Patients Our foot doctors provide effective treatments for heel pain during pregnancy. When you’re pregnant, carrying extra weight can cause heel pain or make existing heel or foot pain even worse—adding to the discomfort of swollen feet and ankles. Hee… Continue Reading

Pregnancy & Swollen Feet: Care, Prevention & Warning Signs

Milwaukee Podiatrists Treat Foot & Ankle Swelling in Pregnant Patients Pregnant women need to pay extra attention to foot health during and after pregnancy. Expectant mothers often experience swelling in the feet and ankles known as peripheral edema. Pregnancy can worsen existing foot conditions and cause inflammation or irritation. In so… Continue Reading

Surprising Links between Foot Pain & Heart Health

<< Back to diseases that cause foot pain Foot Pain after Heart Surgery Many people report swelling, tingling, or pain in the feet following heart surgery. Is it normal, and should you see a specialist? Swollen feet following heart surgery is a common symptom. It is usually not a cause for concern, but if the swelling doesn’… Continue Reading

Milwaukee Workers' Compensation Foot Doctors

Podiatrists Treat Foot Injuries, Broken Ankles, and Auto Injuries for Compensation Claims Our podiatrists help patients injured at work with effective treatments & professional handling of workers comp claims. Injured your foot or ankle at work? Advanced Foot and Ankle podiatrists have the experience and knowledge to help get you back on … Continue Reading

Keep Your Feet Safe and Healthy at the Gym

Don’t Let Foot Injuries Defeat Your Fitness Resolutions To start the new year on the right foot, make sure your feet are in tip-top shape so you can keep your resolution to get your whole body in shape! Foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Michael Kokat of Advanced Foot & Ankle offers tips for foot care at the gym.   Start new … Continue Reading

7 Crucial Foot Care Tips for Diabetes Patients

Follow this Simple Checklist to ELIMINATE the Risk of Foot Complications from Diabetes Vigilant diabetes patients that follow a few simple foot care tips dramatically reduce their risk of toe, foot or leg amputations. People with diabetes mellitus are 10 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than people without diabetes, according to th… Continue Reading

Charcot Foot: Identifying A Rare Diabetic Foot Condition

Rare Diabetes Foot Complication Becomes More Common in Milwaukee, Wisconsin As diabetes rates soar nationwide, a Milwaukee foot and ankle surgeon says he’s now seeing more patients with a rare, and very serious, diabetic foot complication.Charcot foot (pronounced SHAR-co) is an inflammatory syndrome affecting both the bones and soft tissues … Continue Reading

Hikers and Hunters: Long Hikes Take a Toll on Feet and Ankles

Avoid Foot Pain from Traversing the Great Outdoors! As brightly colored leaves dazzle the fall landscape, hikers and hunters nationwide will migrate to mountains, woods and fields. But many, unfortunately, are ill prepared for the beating their feet will take, warns a local foot and ankle surgeon. “Hikers, hunters and others who love the ou… Continue Reading

Tarsal Coalition Resource for Parents

Parents, here is a website that briefs you a little bit about your child's tarsal coalition.  This is very good information if you have just left the office and feel kind of overwhelmed and lost.  It helps break down the information you heard about during your appointment and throws in visual aids to show you what's going on.  Enjoy!… Continue Reading

Bunion Surgery

Bunions must be addressed surgically if conservative treatment fails. In this case we recommend that the patient avoid minimal incision procedures as these deformities will return within 5 to 10 years. Trust in only Milwaukee's finest podiatric surgeons for treating your bunions. Bunion surgery is generally very successful; 90% of people… Continue Reading

Pediatric Deformities

Children often present with a foot, leg, and ankle deformities at an early age. This can be seen by just looking at a child’s lower extremities but it can also be noted when the child begins walking at 18 months. The child may have difficulty walking, often falling as a result fall.   Possible Deformities Lower extremity deformities in… Continue Reading

How Runner's Feet Should Hit the Ground

Hey Runners—This One's For You! Do you practice striking on your midfoot/forefoot or your heels? There have been experiments that show that runners who run on their forefeet are finishing races faster. These runners are also lowering their injury rates. When looking at runners who strike heel first, there was a significant amount of runners … Continue Reading

Running: A Source of Exercise Or Pain?

Running can be a great exercise, however it can also cause a lot of extra stress on our feet, knees and even hips and backs. There are a plethora of opinions and factors involved in running. The best surface. Proper shoes. Orthotics. Barefoot running. Before we get to that, a little background is necessary. There are predominantly two types of foo… Continue Reading

4 Ways to Prevent Shin Splints

Are Shin Splints Slowing You Down? Most runners have had shin splints at some point in their life time. Shin splints are especially common among beginning runners, or in runners who are over training. Shin splints are commonly caused by over training, improper foot strike, shoes, and hard running surfaces. Below are 4 best practices to help preven… Continue Reading

5 Myths About Foot Care

“Don’t cross your eyes, they’ll stay that way!” Old wives’ tales and myths like that example are fun to laugh at. We believed them as children. “Step on a crack and you’ll break your mother’s back.” But there are other myths that are no laughing matter, especially when they involve your health.… Continue Reading

Winter Injuries

For many, winter is fall season Icy conditions cause falls and broken ankles With the hectic pace of the holidays, serious injuries from ice-related falls inevitably occur. Advanced Foot and Ankle’s Dr. Tim Henke, a foot and ankle surgeon, says falls on icy surfaces are a major cause of ankle sprains and fractures, and it’s critical t… Continue Reading