I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Washington, PA, 15301

Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
(724) 225-9469 - fax




Not wearing shoes for an extended period of time during quarantine, especially if you're working out at home or deep cleaning and reorganizing rooms, won't support your arch or other tender parts of your foot. It can be difficult  to understand when you should alert a doctor to your aches and pains, but calling us can help. We will advise you whether or not you need to come into the office or  at least help you troubleshoot the issue at home.

August 06, 2019
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It won't be long until the stores are full of “back to school” clothes and supplies for kids. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA continually educates parents on the importance of remembering their children's foot health and how shoes play a major role.

Tips for buying children's shoes

Parents, put appropriate and supportive shoes on the top of your shopping list. Active kids need shoes that will support their growing feet and keep them safe in sports and on the playground. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers some great tips for parents. Print these out before your back to school shopping trip:

Don't assume your child's feet are the same size as the last time you bought shoes. Children's feet grow fast and ill-fitting shoes can squeeze feet and cause pain and blisters.

Avoid handing down shoes between siblings. One reason is that athlete's foot and nail fungus can be passed through sharing shoes and second, one pair may not properly fit the feet of another child.

Take your child with you and try shoes on in the store. They should feel comfortable from the start.

Take the 1-2-3 test with each pair of shoes:

  1. Heels should be stiff and rigid.
  2. The toe of the shoe should bend slightly but should not be too stiff or too flexible.
  3. You should not be able to twist or bend the middle of the shoe. This would indicate poor support for your child's feet.

If your child is complaining of any foot pain, don't hesitate to have it checked out. We need to keep our kids active and healthy feet are the foundation! Call Dr. Pinsker at (724) 225-7410 with any questions or concerns about your child's feet or contact us online to make an appointment today.

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.

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