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By Dr. Phil Pinsker
March 19, 2013
Category: Running
Tags: Running   Walking   Shin Splints   Lower Leg Pain  

Is lower leg pain affecting your running?

If you love to exercise or are trying to be diligent a few months after a New Year’s resolution to get healthy, an injury can be so frustrating. Shin splints is a condition that can develop from being involved in activities that put repetitive stress on your legs such as walking and running.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs, you most likely have shin splints. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA treats athletes and sports enthusiasts on a regular basis. Common symptoms experienced with shin splints include shooting pain from your ankle to your knee, tenderness along the shinbone and swelling.

Shin splints can become worse or even develop into a stress fracture. To avoid this from happening, follow these ten tips:

·         Don’t ignore the pain

·         Rest your body and reduce activity level

·         Use ice to reduce inflammation

·         Tape up your shin to restrict muscle movement

·         Take over-the-counter medicines to reduce swelling and inflammation

·         Ask Dr. Pinsker about custom orthotics for extra foot support

·         Stay away from exercising on cement or unforgiving surfaces

·         Stay in shape while still resting with low impact exercises such as swimming

·         Avoid going up or down hills as that tends to aggravate shin splints

·         Always warm up and stretch before exercising to prevent future injury

Stay in the game by taking care of yourself. If your shin splints are persisting or keep recurring, come in and see Dr. Pinsker for help. He can check your footwear and foot health and diagnose the reason for the problem. Our podiatric office has many kinds of treatment options for all conditions of the foot and ankle. Make an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 or visit us at www.washingtonfootdoc.com


By Dr. Phil Pinsker
March 06, 2013
Category: Shoes

Falling is a true threat to the health and independence of a senior. Falls are one of the leading causes of injury for older adults. If you are older, increasing your stability and preventing falls is crucial to maintain whole body health.

What role does footwear play in stability?

You can’t turn back the hands of time as you age and you can’t always keep up with the latest fashion trends either. Seniors, when it comes to footwear, be sensible. A shoe with a high heel, flip-flops or loose house slippers will only increase your risk of stumbling, tripping or falling. The shoes you choose to wear play a huge role in how stable you will feel while standing, walking and doing the activities you love to do.

Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA, suggests taking this list with you the next time you go out shopping for new shoes:

  • Stay away from shoes that have extra thick soles
  • Have your feet measured in case the size of your foot has changed
  • Choose lace up shoes instead of slip-ons that can slip off. Buy a pair with fabric fasteners if you have trouble tying laces.
  • Look for shoes with non-skid soles for extra safety on slippery surfaces.
  • Choose a shoe that is lightweight and that has a removable insole if you need to wear orthotics.
  • Do not leave the store if the shoes are not comfortable. Shoes should never need a break in period.

Our podiatric office treats patients of all ages and we are here to help if you are an older adult struggling with life due to foot pain. Whether you need help finding footwear, treatment for a foot ailment or custom orthotics to alleviate symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Pinsker today. Call us today at (724) 225-7410 or visit www.washingtonfootdoc.com