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With diabetes on the rise, many individuals are at risk for developing foot ulcers. People with diabetes are prone to all sorts of medical conditions, especially problems with their feet. Foot ulcers can be a common ailment among people with diabetes particularly because of the loss of sensitivity they can experience in their feet.

If you develop an open foot wound, follow these helpful steps to properly caring for a foot ulcer.

  • Wrap your wound. You should immediately wrap the wound to reduce swelling and more importantly prevent any infections from occurring. Wounds should be wrapped with a medical bandage tight enough to keep your foot in place, but not too tight that it prevents blood flow to the rest of your foot. You should continue to keep your foot wrapped until you can have it properly examined and wrapped by a professional.
  • Wear diabetic specific shoes. Just like with every sport there is footwear available that is specific to people with diabetes.  These shoes better fit their needs and further protect their sensitive feet. Diabetic specific shoes work as a bigger barrier between your feet and the hard ground. They also give your feet the support and cushioning that they require in their fragile state.
  • Seek treatment.If you are suffering from diabetes, no health setback is minor. If you do develop any kind of open wound on your feet, medical attention should be sought immediately. Dr. Phil Pinsker and his trained staff will be happy to assist you in all of your needs.  Our goal is to get you back to being healthy and feeling great. You should have regular appointments to have your feet evaluated.

Diabetic foot ulcers are the most common foot injuries to lead to an amputation. With proper care severe consequences can be avoided. Remember to check your feet on a daily basis for open wounds or skin abnormalities. If you experience a diabetic foot ulcer contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
October 12, 2012
Category: Celebrity

Singer and actress, Jessica Simpson, recently tweeted a picture revealing that she had an ingrown toenail removed. Ingrown toenails refer to a condition where the corners of your toenail begin to grow directly into the skin of your toe. Paying attention to Simpson’s footwear, it is no wonder she ended up with an ingrown toenail. The singer frequently fashions extremely high heels, which is one of the leading causes of ingrown toenails. Surgery to remove an ingrown toenail is seen as a last resort in severe cases.

You can prevent an ingrown toenail like the one depicted on Simpson’s twitter account, by adhering to the following precautionary steps:

  1. Avoid high heels. High heels are often paired with tight and pointy toe boxes that squish your toes together. Your toes need enough room in order to move and breathe comfortably. High heels also push your feet into a forward slanted position, which puts greater pressure upon your toes. The tightness combined with the overwhelming pressure can easily lead to ingrown toenails. Instead look for enclosed and comfortable footwear that will protect your feet and toes.
  2. Wear proper fitting footwear. Ill-fitting shoes exert more stress upon your feet and toes. You should look for footwear with a wide toe box, which will allow your toes room to move freely. Your toes should always come close, but not actually touch the end of your shoes. You should also pay attention to the height of your shoes so that the tops of your footwear do not press down on your toes adding unnecessary pressure.
  3. Cut your toenails. Improperly trimmed toenails are a common cause of ingrown toenails. Toenails should always be cut straight across and never curved at the sides. Curving your toenails directs the nail to grow into its surrounding skin. Remember to cut your toenails at least once a week or whenever the nail begins to exceed the end of your toe. Cutting toenails too short can also lead to ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails are associated with a variety of symptoms including pain, inflammation and swelling. Ingrown toenails may also lead to bacterial or fungal infections. The condition most often occurs on your big toe though it can become present in any of your toes. If you experience an ingrown toenail contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.