April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. Did you know that the average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day? That adds up to three million steps per year. That can be a lot of strain on the foot, especially considering we carry approximately four to six times our body weight across the ankle joint when walking up steep inclines or climbing stairs.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, around 20 per cent of Americans have at least one foot problem each year. These problems can be a result of underlying health conditions such as diabetese, peripheral neuropathy or obesity. Or they could be the result of ill fitting shoes or a genetic condition.
Here at McKenzie Medical Center (MMC) we know that good foot health is essential to ensure you have a high quality of life. As a result, we have an on staff podiatrist: Dr. Khumalo. Dr. Khumalo has 21 years of experience. He specializes in pediatric reconstructive foot and ankle surgery; diabetic limb salvage and diabetic foot care and wound care.
“I chose this profession as I felt called to serve,” Dr. Khumalo commented, “It is a service that helps children and adults alike. Congenital deformities for children and acquired deformities for adults. It helps keep our community moving forward.”
Dr. Khumalo is passionate about medical mission work, which he has been doing for over 20 years. He has been to Peru, the Philippines, Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Wounded Knee Reservation in South Dakota.
“I have used my talents and education to perform hundreds of procedures around the world, helping children who were born with limb deformities – enabling them to walk.”
Dr. Khumalo treats a wide variety of foot and ankle disorders including:
– Nail Disorders/Infections
– Ingrown Toenails
– Hammertoe/Claw Toes
– Any Deformity of the Digits
– Drifting Toe/Overlapping Toes
– Turf Toes
– Tendon Pathology
– Forefoot Global Deformities
– Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
– Diabetic Foot Care
– Pediatric Deformities
– Ankle Injuries
– Bone Fractures
– Infections of the Foot
– Sports Medicine
– Rheumatoid Foot Reconstruction
– Cleft Foot
– And more!
Dr. Khumalo is available at MMC’s main clinic on Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. He is also available at MMC’s Satellite Clinic – the Dresden Clinic on Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. And on Fridays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Don’t continue to suffer from foot or ankle problems. Give us a call today and let Dr. Khumalo help get you back on your feet!
To schedule an appointment in the McKenzie office call 731-352-7907. To schedule an appointment in the Dresden office call 731-364-4900.