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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Health

It’s about this time of the year that we at Paul S. Pinsker, DPM find that many of our patients are planning to escape the wintry weather and head off on a vacation to a tropical destination. In order to ensure that your vacation is a relaxing getaway and not painfully sidelined by foot or ankle problems we’d like to suggest you add the following items to your pack list:

Appropriate shoes—think through what activities you may do on your trip. If there’s a chance that you are going to do something more active than lay by the pool or ocean, make sure you pack a pair of shoes that will support your feet properly. Walking tours in flip-flops or trying to play tennis in sandals puts you on the fast track for an ankle sprain or other foot injuries.

Sunscreen—most likely this is already on your pack list but take this as a reminder to actually put in on your feet. If you will be spending the afternoon with your feet up in a lounge chair apply to the bottoms of your feet as well. While you’re putting it on, check your feet for any unusual moles or freckles. Your feet require the same protection and checking as the skin on the rest of your body for skin cancer. (Report anything unusual or changes in existing freckles to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker.)

Flip flops—okay, this is one of the few times you’ll find us recommending this type of footwear but when you are at the beach or public pool flip-flops keep your feet from coming in contact with surfaces where others have walked barefoot. This will protect you from athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, warts and other viral and bacterial infections. On the beach flip flops can prevent cuts from sharp rocks, bottle caps and stings from jellyfish that have washed up on the shore.

First aid kit—no one plans to get hurt but it’s always best to be prepared. Pack first aid ointment and bandages for minor cuts and also moleskin to cover sore spots on feet and prevent blisters. Open wounds are an entry point for infection so avoid going in the pool with uncovered cuts.

If you have questions before your trip regarding a chronic foot problem don’t hesitate to contact our office at: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 14, 2018
Category: Foot Health

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want all of our patients to take a total body approach to health care. A healthy heart is essential to the health of your feet (and all the rest of your body). One aspect of a healthy lifestyle that impacts your heart and your feet is getting enough sleep. Good sleep and the optimal amount of it (usually around 7 hours per night) has several benefits:

  • Faster metabolism and a greater desire to be active
  • Reduces levels of stress hormones in the body, lowering the risk of anxiety and depression
  • Improved focus and alertness
  • Increases immune response
  • Aids with weight loss
  • Allows foot and ankle muscles to rest and recover

 Below are some tips for getting a better night’s sleep:

Create an Evening Routine—establishing a set of steps that you complete each night before bed will signal your body to slow down and get ready for sleep. Start by turning off all electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, notepads and the television. Engage in a soothing activity such as a hot bath or shower, reading, praying or meditating. A cup of an herbal, sleepy type of tea may also help.

Exercise Regularly—adequate exercise helps regulate your heart rate and helps tire you. The American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise at least three to four times a week. Don’t exercise right before bed, however, as that may rev up your system right when you’re trying to wind down.

Limit Caffeine Intake—excessive amounts of coffee or other caffeinated beverages can keep you up or interrupt your sleep later in the night. Try cutting off caffeine right after lunch or even earlier and see if that enhances your ability to fall and stay asleep.

If after a good night’s sleep you find that you have foot pain when you first get up in the morning make an appointment at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker,  will want to examine your feet and ankles to check for conditions such as plantar fasciitis which may manifest with this symptom. 

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 08, 2018
Category: Podiatric Medicine

Most patients know that podiatrists deal with feet but they may not be aware of just how specialized the field is. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want all our patients to take full advantage of the services we offer and to recognize the ways in which the podiatrist can improve the health of your feet and your entire body. Below are some questions and answers about podiatrists.

What kind of training do podiatrists receive?

A: The letters DPM following a physician’s name stand for “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.” Podiatrists will attend four years of undergraduate college, four years of medical school and two to three years of residency training. They are the only health care professionals whose training is completely devoted to the anatomy, systems, injuries, diseases and conditions relating to the toes, feet, ankles, and lower extremities. Podiatrists must take state and national exams in order to be licensed to practice podiatric medicine. In addition, podiatrists can also go on to receive additional training and experience in surgical management of diseases, traumas, deformities, and disorders of the feet and ankle and become board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

What types of situations require a podiatrist?

A: A podiatrist can treat a broad spectrum of foot and systemic conditions. Sports or other injuries, diseases that affect the feet, chronic pain and discomfort and biomechanical deformities are all part of the scope of care of a foot doctor. Athletes, men, and women whose careers require long hours on their feet, children and young adults with sports injuries or deformities and those who have been in a car or other accident may all turn to the podiatrist for relief and restoration of foot function. In addition, the podiatrist will work with other specialists to help best manage conditions such as diabetes and arthritis that affect the feet as well as the rest of the body.

Why visit the podiatrist instead of my family doctor?

A: With 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments, your feet are complex structures that require specialized care to enable you to do the most basic movements and tasks each day. In addition to treating foot disorders and diseases, the podiatrist can prescribe orthotic devices to correct foot dysfunction, administer basic nail and skin care and surgically repair and correct faulty foot function.

If you have a problem with your feet, get specialized, professional care by contacting our Washington office for an appointment at (724) 225- 7410. The training and experience of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, means your feet are in the best possible hands.

 

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 31, 2018
Tags: ingrown toenails   seniors  

As we age it’s natural for our bodies to begin to show signs of wear and tear and your feet are no exception. That being said, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM know that seniors can and should be able to fully participate in an active life, enjoying time with friends and family, hobbies and sports. An important aspect of proper podiatric care is being proactive and focusing on prevention of disabling conditions that could sideline you. Below are 5 podiatric healthcare tips for seniors:

  1. Don’t ignore foot pain or discomfort. When your toe, foot or ankle hurts you, call us. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, is here to assess the condition of your feet and determine the cause of any discomfort you may be experiencing. When your feet are in pain it can cause you to alter how you walk to avoid the pain and this can lead to trips and falls. Most conditions require less invasive treatment if found early.
  2. Be alert to changes in your feet. Get in the habit of regularly examining your feet. Look for changes in skin color, toenails, bruising, swelling, growths, rashes or wounds. Notice if any toes are moving out of place or you feel stiffness in foot or ankle joints. Let the podiatrist know if you see something unusual in your feet.
  3. Take care of toenails. Keep nails trimmed straight across and not too short. Do not round the edges as this may encourage ingrown toenails.
  4. Stay current with other medical exams. Poor vision can cause stumbles. Not following your doctor’s instructions about diabetes control can result in foot ulcers and neuropathy. The health of one part of your body affects the health of the rest of your body.
  5. Maintain good circulation. Don’t wear tight stockings or socks with strong elastic in the cuff. Change positions frequently throughout the day. Regular exercise, especially walking, is an excellent way to keep blood flowing. Don’t smoke as nicotine is known to negatively impact circulation.

Patients of all ages have special needs and concerns. If you have questions about the proper care of your feet, contact our Washington office by calling:  (724)225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 25, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Orthotics  

Did you know that there are 33 joints in your feet and ankles? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we think that’s a very good reason to find ways to keep joints healthy. Although we may often take them for granted, without properly functioning joints in your ankles and feet you would not be mobile. Below is a list of 7 tips to start incorporating into your daily life. Your joints will thank you!

  1. Change it up (and down). Sitting or standing for long periods of time can hurt your joints. The best course is to change your position often to keep joints flexible.
  2. Stop wearing high heels. Some experts say that a three-inch heel puts seven times more stress on your foot than a one-inch heel. The unnatural position that high heels put your feet and toes in can cause deformities as well as stress on your knees and lead to the development of osteoarthritis.
  3. Lose some weight. The joints in your feet an ankle carry the heaviest load. Every pound you lose lessens the strain. Some studies have shown that even losing as little as 11 pounds can reduce your risk of knee arthritis by 50 percent.
  4. Add some color to your plate. By choosing a wide range of colors in your vegetables and fruits you’ll increase the chances of getting the maximum amount of nutrients and antioxidants. Don’t forget calcium-rich foods for stronger bones and those with inflammation-fighting vitamins and antioxidants such as orange juice, salmon, peppers, and cherries.
  5. Cut back on caffeine. You can still have a cup or two to get going in the morning but try to lower the number of cups you drink a day as research shows too much caffeine can weaken bones.
  6. Add a brace. Ask the podiatrist if a brace for your knee or ankle would decrease stress on those joints. Orthotics may prove helpful too by shifting pressure away from injured joints and correcting structural problems in the foot.
  7. Work with your foot doctor. If your joint pain is new or you notice an increase in the severity of pain, swelling or stiffness in your foot and ankle joints contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will want to monitor the progression of any joint issues you are experiencing and will determine the best course of treatment for bringing pain relief and preserving joint health.




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