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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 Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 23, 2014
Category: Fungal Problems

Have you ever stopped to check if your toenails are truly clean and healthy?

We typically don’t pay much attention to our feet. They carry us everywhere we want to go and often get shoved in uncomfortable footwear for the sake of fashion but really aren’t given much attention until they hurt!

With summer in full swing and sandals the footwear of choice, it is time you took a second look at your feet with extra attention to your toenails. Foot specialist, Dr. Phil Pinkser, often reminds his patients that when toenails are not cared for regularly they are at risk for injury. Who wants infected, ugly, or discolored toenails for all to see? Avoid this by following a few steps:

  • When you come in from working in the yard or after walking in sandals all day, clean your feet with lukewarm water to kill bacteria.
  • Dirt and bacteria can get stuck in the corners and under your toenails. Use an antiseptic soap and with a small brush, gently clean these areas
  • Keep your toenails short to minimize dirt and bacteria that can accumulate with longer nails. Trim nails straight across to avoid the potential for ingrown toenails. An ingrown toenail can become very painful and infected if not cared for properly.
  • Cleaning and checking your toenails regularly will help spot any changes that could be missed otherwise. A fungal infection can start as a small white spot but worsen over time to where the toenail is discolored, thickened and crumbling. Starting treatment at the start of a fungal infection will ensure a faster recovery to healthy toenails.

If you suspect any problems with your toenails or have a painful ingrown toenail that needs treatment, please contact our Washington, PA podiatric office today. Make an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 or visit us online to request an appointment.

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
September 17, 2013
Category: Fungal Problems

“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!” For many children, this popular saying from the beginning of summer has been put back in the vault for the year. School has begun and elementary, high school and college students alike are in the swing of things! A big emphasis in schools across the nation involves physical activity. The Let’s Move Campaign, founded in 2010 by First Lady Michelle Obama continues to educate schools and communities on the importance of physical activity to combat obesity.

Along with the benefits of being active, kids are at risk for problems such as foot fungus. A fungal problem can attack the toenails or it could affect the skin on the feet. Going barefoot in public areas such as pools and shower/locker room areas is a common way that kids can pick up the fungus. Bacteria and fungi like warm, damp environments, so athletic shoes are another place this organism can thrive and cause problems.

Dr. Phil Pinsker, podiatrist in Washington, PA advises parents to add one more thing to their student’s supply lists – water shoes. If your child is involved in sports that will have them hanging around pool decks, gym floors or locker rooms, send a pair of water shoes in their gym bag as a form of defense against fungal infections. They are a minimal investment to protect against a foot problem that is notorious for being stubborn to treat and having a tendency to recur.

Teach your children to look for signs of redness, discoloration, itching, swelling or changes in their toenails. If your child is already complaining of foot pain or showing signs of a toenail or skin infection, get treatment early to nip the problem in the bud. Make an appointment today Dr. Pinsker by calling (724) 225-7410 or set it up directly from our appointment request page