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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we’re encouraging all of our patients to celebrate this special day by taking some time to appreciate all that your feet do for you. Without fully functioning, pain-free feet, daily activities, work and play would all be impossible. It’s not hard to take good care of your feet. Here are a few suggestions to implement daily, monthly and annually:

DAILY: 

  • Get in the habit of washing your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes to help prevent athlete’s foot.
  • Use a good quality moisturizer on your feet to prevent dry skin and cracked heels.
  • Keep feet dry by changing your socks as soon as you notice your feet are damp from perspiration. Use a foot powder if you tend to sweat profusely.
  • Put your feet up at the end of the day.
  • Get some exercise. This will help keep your feet in good shape and also help you maintain a healthy weight which will reduce stress and pressure on your feet.

MONTHLY: 

  • Give your feet a self-exam. Check for any unusual bumps, changes in shape or size, skin color and nail abnormalities. If you find anything out of the ordinary, be sure to report it to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, so it can be evaluated and treated if necessary.
  • Get or give yourself a pedicure to keep toenails in good shape. Remember that nails should be cut straight across and not too short to help prevent ingrown toenails from forming. 
  • Consider a foot massage to help improve or maintain good circulation.

ANNUALLY:

  • Check all your shoes for signs of wear. Shoes that have lost ankle or arch support can begin to cause foot pain. Loose stitching or fraying leather/fabric can rub and cause blisters. Discard shoes that are worn out. 
  • Have your foot professionally measured before buying new shoes. Foot size can change as we age.
  • Get a full podiatric check up to make sure your feet are in good health. The foot doctor can give you suggestions for proactively caring for your feet and also will be able to detect foot disorders in their earliest stages. Contact our Washington office to make your appointment by calling:  (724)225-7410.
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 09, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Heel pain   Ankle pain   skin cancer  

Sun, sand and sea are great antidotes to the daily grind, but at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC we’ve seen many a beach day end badly with foot pain or injury. Below are a few simple ways you can ensure more fun in the sun:

Avoid the Sting—most people know to clear out of the water if jellyfish are spotted, but did you know that ones that wash up on the beach can still sting you if you step on them? If this happens, remove tentacles (carefully, so you don’t get stung on your hands and fingers) and apply baking soda, meat tenderizer or vinegar to reduce pain and cut down on swelling.

Cut Your Risk—soft sand can be a minefield hiding broken glass, sea shells, bottle caps and other sharp objects. Avoid cuts and puncture wounds by wearing water shoes or other footwear on the beach. If you do get a cut, avoid going in the water because any bacteria in the ocean can enter the wound and cause an infection. Wearing shoes will also prevent burning your skin when you walk on hot sand or pavement.

Be a Good Sport—pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag if extreme Frisbee, volleyball or other seaside sport will be part of your day’s fun. Quick movements in shifting sand can result in an ankle sprain or other injury. Playing on uneven surfaces can cause arch and heel pain too.

Save Your Skin—for some reason, when it comes to sunscreen, people don’t always bother to apply some on their feet. Be sure to coat the tops and bottoms of your feet (have you ever tried walking with sunburned soles?) and reapply after swimming. Not only will this prevent painful sunburn, but you’ll also  be protecting yourself from deadly melanomas and other skin cancers down the line.

Sometimes, despite all of our precautions, injuries and foot pain still happen. If after your beach day, you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, you twist an ankle or sustain another injury, make an appointment right away at our Washington, PA office. The sooner our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can examine and diagnose your foot problem, the sooner you’ll be ready for more summer fun!

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot   arthritis   psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a disorder that involves the immune system and causes skin cells to grow at an abnormally fast rate, resulting in scaly patches that build up on the skin—often the skin on your feet and hands.  At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we sometimes see patients who think they have a case of athlete’s foot, but then discover that it is psoriasis.

According to research, at least 10 percent of people have inherited one or more genes that could predispose them to developing psoriasis. However, only 2 to 3 percent actually end up with the disease. Scientists believe that external factors, known as triggers, may be what cause certain people to develop the disease. Although not all triggers affect all people with the genes for psoriasis, the ones listed below have been shown to be definitely linked:

  • Skin injury—areas of the skin that have been traumatized by injuries, sunburn, scratches or vaccinations may be more susceptible to psoriasis. This is known as the Koebner phenomenon.
  • Stress—this can be the cause of a first time flare up or a trigger for someone who has already been diagnosed with psoriasis.
  • Medications—certain medications have been linked to psoriasis. These include some of the ones used to treat: high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and depression.
  • Infection—anything that challenges your immune system can set off a psoriasis attack.
  • Lifestyle and Environment—many patients report that diet, weather and allergies can also play a role in triggering psoriasis flare ups, although scientists have not yet definitively confirmed these.

Keeping Psoriasis Under Control

The first step is to diagnose psoriasis. There is no blood test for the disease. Our foot doctor, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your skin and ask about your family medical history—about 1/3 or all patients diagnosed with psoriasis have a family member who has the condition as well. In some cases, a biopsy may be done on a piece of affected skin. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on the type of psoriasis and the severity of a particular flare up.

If you are concerned about any rashes or skin irregularities contact our Washington, PA office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Summer time finds many people turning to flip flops as their go to shoe of choice. These shoes are easy to wear—just slip them on, and they allow your feet to breathe and feel cool. However, at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we end up treating many foot problems due to the wearing of these popular summer shoes. Although great for the pool or beach where they protect your feet from burns, cuts and fungal and bacterial infections, flip flops worn on a regular basis can result in serious foot damage. Here are some reasons not to wear them every day:

  1. Flip flops change how you walk—because you have to grip the front of the shoe with your toes to keep them on, flip flops can alter you gait and cause problems such as shin splints, Achilles tendon problems and back pain.
  2. Greater chance of tripping—due to the flimsy construction and lack of structure, patients are more likely to trip wearing flip flops. This can result in scraped toes and cuts as well as more serious issues like sprained ankles.
  3. Flip flops provide no arch support—walking flat footed all the time puts strain on the plantar fascia—the long band of tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot. This can result in heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
  4. Increased risk of toe deformities—the toe-gripping motion necessary to keep flip flops on puts your toes in a bent position. Repeatedly walking this way can start to have the same effect as wearing shoes that are too short in the toe box—toes begin to bend under and can result in the formation of a hammertoe.
  5. More stress fractures—because there is not shock absorbing padding and only a very thin rubber sole, the risk of stress fractures increases the longer you wear the flip flops.
  6. Flip flops leave your feet exposed—this means greater chance of sunburn, bug bites and poison ivy encounters.

If you are currently experiencing any foot, calf or heel pain or believe you may have injured your foot as a result of wearing flip flops, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will examine your foot and prescribe the necessary treatment to relieve any foot pain you have.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 20, 2017
Category: foot care tips

Perhaps the number one tip for keeping your feet healthy that we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM can offer is to buy well-made, properly-fitting shoes. So often patients come to us with foot problems that could have been avoided by wearing the correct shoes for their feet.

You should always buy shoes that are appropriate for the activity for which you plan to use them. The shoes you wear to work are not necessarily the best for walking. When it comes to athletic footwear, if there is a sport or fitness activity that you spend a significant amount of time doing it’s worth buying shoes that are specifically designed for your sport. Running shoes, for example, are designed differently from basketball sneakers due the types of movement each activity requires of your foot and the areas that receive the most stress and pressure.

6 Tips for a Good Fit

  1. Start with a visit to our Washington office. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and determine if there are any pre-existing conditions or chronic foot disorders that can affect your shoe choice. Certain conditions, such as bunions or flat feet will require shoe designs to accommodate them. In addition, the foot doctor may prescribe an orthotic device to be worn inside your shoe to correct biomechanical issues. You should take the orthotic with you when you shop and use it when you try on shoes.
  2. Get your feet measured by a shoe professional. Most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. You should always buy shoes to fit the largest foot. 
  3. Leave plenty of room for your toes. There should be at least ½ an inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Avoid narrow toe boxes that squeeze toes together.
  4. Choose natural materials for shoes that are soft and pliable and also allow for good air circulation. This will help decrease the risk of athlete’s foot and fungal infections.
  5. Walk it out. Spend time walking around the store and don’t buy shoes that feel tight or painful in any spots. Shoes should fit well when you buy them.
  6. Check the insides. Run your hand around the inside of the shoe and feel for rough stitching or bumps in the material. These can lead to blisters when it gets warm and sweat increases the friction inside your shoe.

Last but not least, replace shoes when they get worn out. This will help prevent injuries like ankle sprains and protect. Good shoes will go a long way towards good foot health.

 





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