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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 17, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
Tags: Fractures   osteoporosis  

May is National Osteoporosis month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM believe educating our patients about this disease that affects bones is extremely important because 25% of your body’s bones are in your feet! Osteoporosis is a disease where the body doesn’t produce enough bone or gets rid of too much bone or both. The end result is bone that is weak and brittle and fractures easily. The bones in your feet have the added stress of carrying the weight of your whole body. Below are some important facts about osteoporosis and how to help prevent it:

  • Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 50% of all women and 25% of men 50 and older will break a bone as a result of this disease.
  • Women lose up to 20% of their bone density in the first 5-7 years after menopause.
  • Osteoporosis does not have obvious symptoms—i.e., you can’t “feel” you bones getting weaker. For many patients breaking a bone is the way that osteoporosis is first diagnosed.
  • Factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis include: smoking, family history of the disease or broken bones over the age of 50, having a small, thin body type.
  • Certain medications and vitamins and also certain diseases can also cause osteoporosis.
  • You can take action to prevent osteoporosis: increasing calcium and vitamin D intake, getting regular exercise—both the weight bearing and the muscle strengthening types, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding dramatic weight loss programs and limiting alcohol intake.

You’re never too young or too old to take steps to strengthen your bones. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help you assess your personal risk for osteoporosis. He can tell you the amount of calcium required for your sex and age and also recommend tests, such as bone density if appropriate. To learn more, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410.

When you’re reaching into the fridge for a snack you’re probably not thinking about your feet, but did you know that your food choices can have a big impact on your foot health? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we see many foot conditions where nutrition plays a role in improving and even helping to prevent the condition. Consider these foot-healthy choices:

Fight Inflammation with Food—The pain from foot disorders such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis and Achilles tendonitis is essentially caused by inflammation. Some foods increase the chemicals in your body that cause tissue inflammation. These include sugar, trans fats, refined grains, saturated fats and omega-6 fats contained in vegetable oils. Limiting the amounts of these foods in your diet can help reduce painful inflammation. In addition, there are foods that actually help lower inflammation in the body. These include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, tuna and walnut oil and also certain fruits and vegetables, including: kale, broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, beets, garlic onions, cherries and berries.

Build Stronger Bones—There are 26 bones in your feet—that’s nearly a quarter of the bones in your whole body! It stands to reason then that foods rich in calcium—dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese as well as some of the leafy green vegetables—bok choy, broccoli and kale should be plentiful in a foot-healthy diet.

Maintain a Healthy Weight—Eating an overall balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and keeping sugars and fats to a smaller portion of your food intake will help you keep your weight at a healthy level. Being overweight makes you prone to several foot disorders and will also worsen many foot problems. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help you keep conditions like diabetes and peripheral artery disease in check which can have a significant impact on your feet.

Of course good nutrition is just one part of taking care of your feet. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort or have other questions about how to be proactive in your foot health, make an appointment to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in our conveniently located Washington office.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 10, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care

Not all things get better with age. Unfortunately, when it comes to our feet, years of being on them can cause deterioration of certain parts and make patients more prone to injury and foot disorders. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we believe that focusing on a few key areas can help our senior patients prevent some foot problems and take better care of their foot health by catching issues before they become major.

Establish a Good Care Routine—Getting into healthy foot care habits and sticking with them can go a long way towards preventing foot problems. Wash feet daily with mild soap and water and dry completely, especially between your toes. Keep nails trimmed short and straight across. Apply moisturizer if your feet are dry or foot powder if you tend to sweat excessively. It only takes a few minutes each day to follow a foot care regimen that will help prevent common foot ailments like athlete’s foot, fungal infections and ingrown nails.

Pay Attention to What Your Feet are Saying—As you get older, your feet can act as an “early warning system” for the rest of your body. Diseases such as diabetes and arthritis as well as nerve and circulatory disorders often show their first signs in the feet. That’s why it’s critical that you inspect your feet for any unusual changes in color, shape or temperature and also look for any lumps or growths. If you notice anything different, make an appointment at our Washington office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Catching foot and ankle disorders and systemic diseases in their earliest stages gives the best chance for a good outcome.

Invest in Your Shoes—Well-made shoes that are fitted properly to your feet can not only make walking more comfortable, they can help keep you from falling, twisting an ankle or developing heel or arch problems. Get measured professionally when buying new shoes and discard shoes when they are worn out.

Circulation—keeping the blood flowing to your feet will improve the overall health of your feet and body and will also help prevent circulatory problems, which can also impact the progress of certain diseases, such as diabetes. Avoid tight socks and shoes. Get up and stretch or walk around at regular intervals and don’t sit with your legs crossed for long periods of time. Elevate your feet when possible and don’t smoke.

Putting time into taking care of your feet will help ensure that they get you where you want to go for years to come. If you have more questions about caring for your feet, contact us at: (724) 225-7410.