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Treatment Options

Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies, which you can begin at home:

  • Stretching exercises. Exercises that stretch out the calf muscles help ease pain and assist with recovery.
  • Avoid going barefoot. When you walk without shoes, you put undue strain and stress on your plantar fascia.
  • Ice. Putting an ice pack on your heel for 10 minutes several times a day helps reduce inflammation.
  • Limit activities. Cut down on extended physical activities to give your heel a rest.
  • Shoe modifications. Wearing supportive shoes that have good arch support and a slightly raised heel reduces stress on the plantar fascia. Your shoes should provide a comfortable environment for the foot.
  • Medications. Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Ibuprofen, may help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Lose weight. Extra pounds put extra stress on your plantar fascia.

 

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. 





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