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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 20, 2018

June is a good month for remembering the men in our lives! It’s the time for Father’s Day and also for Men’s Health Month. Research has shown that being a man may mean handling health problems differently and not always to the benefit of the patient. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to put it out there that men need to take the time to take care of the health of their feet (and the rest of the body). Below are some tips for men and the families that love them:

  • Talk about it. There is no shame in having a medical problem! And, most foot health problems will not magically go away without treatment. One study found that the primary reason men don’t want to go to the doctor is fear of getting bad news. Regular check-ups with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help identify foot problems before they become debilitating. Stay on schedule and don’t cancel appointments.
  • Get schooled. Learn to recognize the symptoms of a potential foot problem. Obviously, pain is never normal. Even if it is not constant or only occurs at a certain time of the day, discomfort that is regular and ongoing needs to be evaluated. Many diseases that affect the entire body, such as arthritis and diabetes, may first manifest in the lower extremities. Numbness, tingling or burning in the feet, changes in skin or toenails, rashes, bumps, bruises and cuts that seem slow to heal may all point to a developing medical problem. The sooner you seek treatment the better the outcome and the less invasive the treatment.
  • Skip the “strong man” act. Don’t play through the pain or tough it out if you believe you have injured your foot. This will only make it worse. Stop the sport or activity immediately and use the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) treatment to curb pain and swelling in the short term. Always get your feet checked before starting a new fitness or exercise program.
  • Don’t skimp on self-care. Using sunscreen, taking the time to wash, dry, moisturize or powder your feet are all important on a daily basis to prevent foot problems, such as skin cancer and fungal infections.

If you have questions about the health of male feet, don’t hesitate to contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410 for an appointment.   Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will take the time to listen to your concerns and thoroughly assess the health and well-being of your feet.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   arthritis   senior patients  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we treat patients of all ages. June is Older Americans Month and so we’d like to recognize our more senior patients and offer some tips for taking care of your feet as you age. Although it’s true that the risk for certain foot health issues (such as arthritis and osteoporosis) increases with age, it’s not inevitable that you will have foot or ankle problems as a senior citizen. With a little care and attention, you can help your feet continue to lead the way in an active lifestyle doing activities you love.

Listen Up

Did you know that your feet serve as a kind of “early warning system” for the rest of your body, particularly for older adults? In many cases, problems in your feet are the first indication of a systemic problem like diabetes, arthritis, nerve or circulatory disorder. For this reason, it’s important to check your feet regularly for changes and not to ignore symptoms. Pain is not a normal part of aging and should be addressed with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, promptly.

Spring for Good Shoes

If you do only one thing to protect the health of your feet as you age buying well-made shoes that fit properly would be it. Many foot and toe disorders can be prevented by wearing the right shoes. Have your feet professionally measured because shoe size can increase as you get older. In addition, talk to the foot doctor to see if there are any special shoe features recommended to accommodate any existing foot conditions. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device be sure it fits in the shoes you choose.

Get a Move On

Staying active has many benefits for your feet (and the rest of your body). It helps maintain good circulation and also keeps foot joints flexible, with a good range of motion. In addition, regular exercise can help you stay at an appropriate weight. Excess pounds mean extra stress on your feet, ankles and all of your lower extremities which can lead to pain and increased joint discomfort.

Be an active partner in your health as you age. If you have questions about a condition or treatment plan or just want to know what more you can be doing to protect the health of your feet, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 06, 2018
Category: Fungal Problems
Tags: Athlete's Foot   toenails  

Warm weather and bare feet mean we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM will be seeing an increase in the number of cases of athlete’s foot. Officially known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which is highly contagious. Initially, athlete’s foot may be more of an annoyance than a serious medical condition. Symptoms, which usually start between your toes and then progress to the soles of your feet, include: red, very itchy, possibly burning patches of skin that may flake and scale. If not treated, however, it can become more severe and persistent, causing blisters that ooze and opening the door for a secondary bacterial infection. Eventually, it can spread to toenails and other parts of your body. Below are some do’s and don’ts for avoiding this condition:

Do: wear flip-flops or sandal shoes whenever you are in a public place where others walk barefooted. This is particularly important in warm, moist environments like gyms, community pools, changing areas and locker rooms. Fungus thrives in these types of conditions.

Don’t: share shoes, socks, flip-flops, towels, nail clippers or any other items that have touched the foot of another person. If someone in your household has athlete’s foot you can even catch it from the sheets if you sleep in the same bed.

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes.

Do: apply an anti-fungal or talcum powder to your feet in the morning to help keep feet dry. If your feet feel damp, change your socks immediately.

Do: rotate your shoes. Try not to wear the same pair multiple days in a row. Give shoes a chance to air out.

Don’t: go to a nail salon for pedicures if the salon does not have a license from the state health or cosmetology department. The salon should look clean overall and foot baths and tools should be properly sanitized between clients.

If despite your best efforts you find an itchy rash on your feet, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will determine if the rash is being caused by athlete’s foot or another condition and then prescribe the treatment to bring you relief.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 30, 2018
Category: Bone health
Tags: osteoporosis  

Did you know that osteoporosis will cause one in two women and one in four men to break a bone at some point in their lives? Patients with this disease have weak bones. This can be a result of the body not producing enough bone, losing too much bone or both. The bones in your feet have the added stress of having to support the weight of your entire body. That’s why we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM think it’s important to help patients be proactive in building stronger bones. Your diet can play a key role in the health of your bones.

Bone Building Choices

The two nutrients that are most important to bone strength are calcium and vitamin D (which helps your body absorb the calcium you take in). Women under the age of 50 and men under the age of 71 should strive to get 1,000 mg of calcium in their diet daily. That number goes up to 1,200 mg for women over 50 and men over 71. Dairy products are the heavy hitters when it comes to calcium, but they are not the only choices. Certain dark, leafy greens are also high in calcium. Consider adding more collard greens, broccoli rabe, turnip greens, kale, bok choy and broccoli to your meals. Spending time in the sun causes your body to make vitamin D. You can also get vitamin D and calcium in fortified cereals and juices and through supplements if you are not getting enough from the foods you eat.

Calcium Killers

There are certain dietary choices that can reduce the calcium in your body or the rate at which calcium is absorbed. Avoid these if you are trying to increase bone strength:

  • Salty foods
  • Diets with excessive amounts of protein
  • Wheat Bran
  • Caffeinated coffee and tea—limit to 3 cups per day
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

If you have had a stress fracture in your foot or have other reasons to be concerned with low bone density, talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker about your risk and what steps should be taken to evaluate your bone strength. Contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 23, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: melanoma  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we don’t mean to sound alarmist, but May is Melanoma Awareness month and with Memorial Day upon us we want our patients to realize how serious skin cancer can be and the relationship it has with your feet. It’s estimated that one person an hour dies from melanoma. Learn the facts to protect yourself from this and other forms of skin cancer. Below are some myths that need to be dispelled:

MYTH: Feet spend most of their time inside shoes, so skin cancer is a very small risk for them.

TRUTH: Although sun exposure greatly increases the risk of skin cancer, there are other possible causes that your feet are susceptible to. Viruses, chemical exposure, chronic inflammation or irritation and family history can all increase the likelihood of skin cancer on your feet.

MYTH: If you’re not at the beach or pool your feet get very little sun exposure, even during the summer months.

TRUTH: A day spent outside wearing sandals or flip flops exposes skin on your feet to many hours of the sun’s rays. This poses the same risk to your feet as it would to any other part of your body. For this reason, you need to use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen every two hours whenever the skin of your feet will be exposed—even if it’s for a day of sightseeing or running errands. If you are at the beach or pool, choose a water-resistant variety and re-apply right after swimming. Be sure to put on both the tops and bottoms of your feet.

MYTH: Once skin cancer is diagnosed there is very little chance of achieving remission.

TRUTH: This is not true! There are several kinds of skin cancer and even the more deadly melanoma is highly treatable if detected in its earliest stages. The tragedy with may skin cancers found on the feet is that they are not caught early because patients don’t think to check their feet for this disease. Regular self-exams should be part of your foot health regimen. Any new moles or freckles or any differences is existing ones such as change in size, shape, color or other characteristics should be reported to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, as soon as you notice them. It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to skin cancer. To make an appointment, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.





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