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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
August 16, 2013
Category: Fitness
Tags: Diabetes   Weight Loss   Yoga  

What helps you relax and relieve the stresses of life? For some it is as simple as a cup of coffee, a brisk walk through the neighborhood, or sitting down to listen to a favorite playlist on an IPod. For others, yoga does the trick!

How can yoga benefit me?

Recently, an HMO Group Health Cooperative based in Seattle decided to put yoga to the test. Against self-care measures and therapeutic exercises, yoga came out on top as providing people with greater health improvements and results that lasted 14 weeks longer. Pretty impressive!

Yoga is not just for the young and extremely flexible. Check out some highlights of the benefits of yoga--they may surprise you.  Yoga can:

  • Improve your mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Provide a beneficial effect on blood sugar control and can improve nerve function in those with diabetes
  • Boost energy and reduce physical discomfort in women with menopause
  • Help improve mental focus and concentration
  • Improve pulmonary function in people with asthma through its breathing methods
  • Help with weight loss
  • Reduce stiffness and improve flexibility through the stretching of muscles
  • Increase circulation and help to flush toxins out of your body

If you are a yoga amateur, find classes with a certified instructor who can ensure you have the proper form during each movement. Take things slowly and only go as far as your body can handle.

If at any time while doing yoga, you experience foot or ankle pain, please contact podiatrist Dr. Phil Pinsker. He can diagnose the source of your discomfort and get you back on the yoga mat in no time. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
August 06, 2013
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin care   Dry Skin  

Is the summer heat getting the best of your skin?

The climate you live in can really affect the health of your skin. This is true for cold and warm environments. Specifically in summer though, the heat of the season can take its toll causing skin to become dry and cracked.

Even in the areas around Washington, PA, the sun’s rays can do damage to your skin. Foot specialist, Dr. Phil S. Pinsker has some great tips to help prevent skin from drying out this summer:

  • Frequent swimming, especially in heavily chlorinated pools can make skin rough increase the loss of natural oils in your skin. Keep skin healthy with a good moisturizer after you get out of the water.
  • You may not be aware that constant exposure to air conditioning can also have a drying affect on skin. If you work or stay indoors on a daily basis with the air conditioning pumping, use a portable humidifier if possible and keep skin moisturized.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps, detergents and chemicals if your skin tends to be dry. Switch to a moisturizing soap or ask Dr. Pinsker for some great product suggestions. A foot cream that helps you maintain the moisture in your skin without adding to a fungal problem is important.
  • Sweating during hot weather can cause dehydration and a loss of fluids, which can impact skin as well. Alcohol use can also cause dehydration so stay hydrated with the right fluids that your body needs.

When skin gets dry to the point of cracking, it is important to take proper care as your skin is at risk for infection. This is especially dangerous for someone with diabetes. If the summer heat has caused your feet to become dry and cracked, we can help. Make an appointment today at our podiatric office by calling (724) 225-7410.

We would also love to send you a free copy of Dr. Pinsker’s book, Got Feet: A User’s Guide to Foot and Ankle Health, which is full of tips to keep your feet healthy this summer.