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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM
April 09, 2019
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Rarely a day goes by in my office when a patient doesn't ask me about why their heel hurts and what can be done about it. After an exam to locate the area of the foot that is most painful, I often take  x-rays right in my office to rule out serious conditions such as fractures or structural deformities. Once those have been ruled out, I find that the most common type of heel pain results from inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the ligament that supports the arch of your foot and runs from your toes to your heel. Patient's with this condition, referred to as plantar fasciitis, often tell me that the pain is worst first thing in the morning as they go to take that first step out of bed or after sitting for a period of time and then starting to walk  again. The good news is that this condition almost always responds to conservative treatment and surgery is rarely needed. Conservative treatment includes stretching the plantar fascia ligament, wearing proper fitting shoes that are supportive and sometimes adding orthotics to the patient's shoes to keep the foot aligned in the correct position. Sometimes a steroid injection to the most painful area relieves pain and often anti-inflammatory medications also help. More information on each of these conservative treatments coming soon.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 02, 2018
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Wear the Right Shoes & Socks

You don’t wear hiking boots to play basketball, so practice the same common sense in return. Hikers should wear top-quality, well insulated, moisture-proof hiking boots. These boots offer ankle support and reduce muscle and tendon fatigue and injury risk.

Proper socks can also mean the difference between comfortable walks and those resulting in blisters, fungal infections and even frostbite. To prevent these problems, always wear two layers of socks:

Layer 1: Synthetic socks to keep your feet dry and reduce blister-causing friction.

Layer 2: Wool socks to add warmth, absorb moisture away from your skin and make the hiking boot more comfortable.

Listen to Your Body

Pain is the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. If your feet or ankles start to hurt, take a break.

If you injure your feet or ankles when out on a hike, contact us right away. Early treatment can get you back on the trails in no time.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 08, 2018

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we frequently see foot and ankle problems that could have been easily treated but now have become severe because a patient waited too long before seeking evaluation and treatment. Continuing to walk on a sprained ankle can lead to a secondary fracture. Ingrown toenails can become infected once the nail actually punctures the skin. A forefoot that had intermittent pain suddenly can’t bear weight. These are just a few examples. Foot pain that is chronic or extreme does not usually resolve on its own. It’s essential that if you are experiencing discomfort that you contact our Washington office sooner rather than later for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will use every means available to diagnose your foot problem. This will include a physical examination, medical history and possibly x-rays or other imaging studies and lab tests to arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Preparing for Your Visit

You can help ensure that the foot doctor has all the information he needs and speed the diagnosis and recovery by doing some preparation before your visit. Before your appointment, check with your insurance provider to see if you need a referral. Bring the following items with you to the appointment:

  • List of all medications and supplements you are currently taking and also any that you are allergic to
  • Current insurance card
  • Any questions you have about your foot or ankle discomfort (it’s a good idea to write these down so you won’t forget once you’re at the office)
  • Shoes that seem to make the pain worse or, shoes that you wear frequently—the podiatrist may get some clues about your condition by examining the wear pattern

In addition, it’s essential that you let the foot doctor know if you are being treated for other medical issues. Symptoms and treatment of your feet can be directly related to systemic conditions such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease and arthritis.

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we are your partners in podiatric care. If you need additional accommodations for your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us prior to the time of your appointment. 

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 01, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Shoes   Athlete's Foot   warts   blisters   Fungal Infections   edema  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we hope all of our patients will get to enjoy a vacation this summer. Although your feet may not be your first thought when planning what to pack, we’d like to offer a few suggestions of items for your suitcase which will help ensure that your travel plans are not derailed by an injury or foot pain.

A Selection of Shoes—even if you’re trying to pack light you should have more than one pair of shoes with you. It’s best to alternate shoes so they have a chance to dry and air out after being worn and also to avoid blisters. A broken in pair of comfortable walking shoes with good support will serve you well on hectic travel days and shopping or sightseeing excursions. It’s best to sacrifice fashion for function on vacation and not wear shoes with high heels or brand-new shoes for long days where you are unable to change if shoes start to hurt.

Moleskin/bandages—to apply to prevent a sore spot from turning into a blister.

Extra Socks—unless you’re traveling to a cold climate this summer, chances are sweaty feet will be on your itinerary. Keeping feet dry is essential to help avoid fungal infections and foul foot odor. Change your socks when you notice they are damp. You can also pack a roll-on antiperspirant or foot powder to help reduce perspiration.

Water Bottle—swollen feet and ankles can definitely slow your pace. While it may seem that the opposite would be true, drinking more water helps your body eliminate excess fluid and can prevent painful edema.

Sunscreen—this will probably already be in your bag so consider this a reminder to apply it to your feet with the same frequency as you do the rest of your body. If you are wearing sandals or other open shoes and will be outside all day in the sun, put sunscreen on the tops of your feet before setting out.

Flip-flops/water shoes—if your vacation includes a pool, lake or ocean, be sure to wear some kind of covering on your feet. This will protect your feet from cuts and puncture wounds and also from coming in contact with fungi and bacteria that can cause conditions such as warts and athlete’s foot.

If you come back from your vacation with an unwanted souvenir—foot or ankle pain—contact our Washington office (724-225 7410) for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will diagnose the problem and help you get relief quickly.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 25, 2018
Category: Ankle Pain

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we see a fair number of ankle injuries. It’s important to seek medical treatment promptly for ankle issues because the type and severity of the injury is often something a patient is unable to assess. Common ankle issues include:

Sprain—there are two sets of ligaments surrounding your ankle which are responsible for holding bones together and maintaining proper alignment of the ankle. When you twist your ankle you force these ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range of motion and this results in an ankle sprain. The ligaments can be stretched, torn or completely ruptured.

Strain—a strain involves injury to muscle rather than ligaments.

Fracture—a stress fracture or hairline crack in the ankle bone may mimic symptoms of a sprain. Pain may be intermittent and most noticeable with activity but then goes away when your ankle is resting.

Symptoms for all of these conditions can include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty or inability to bear weight on the affected ankle

Diagnosing the Problem

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will start by examining your ankle, checking for swelling, bruising and tenderness. He will also use imaging studies such as an x-ray, MRI or CAT scan to gain an accurate picture of your ankle internally. Once the type and severity of the injury are known, the foot doctor can prescribe the correct treatment.

Between the time of your injury and your appointment, you should follow the RICE regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Once the podiatrist determines the best treatment plan for your injury, be sure to follow it and complete the full course of physical therapy prescribed. One of the biggest errors patients make is stopping treatment because the pain in their ankle is gone. Strengthening the muscles that support the ankle takes a long time. Not fully rehabilitating an ankle injury is the number one cause of chronic ankle pain and instability.

If you have hurt your ankle—even if you think the injury is minor—don’t delay. Contact our Washington office for an appointment as soon as possible by calling: (724) 225-7410.


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