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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
October 29, 2013
Category: Running

There are just some people in this world who would like nothing more than to be a part of a mud run, especially one where zombies take center stage! If this is you, you will not want to miss out on the Zombie Mud Run taking place Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA. The creators of the race teamed up with The ScareHouse Haunted House to bring you a race sure to have you shivering in your boots while you complete crazy obstacles.

Let’s get back to the land of the living for a minute and discuss running form. If you are a runner, having the posture of a zombie will only get you so far. The right posture and form are actually essential components of running. Sure, running is a sport where anyone can tie up their laces and leave their front door, but over time not paying attention to these two essentials could have you huffing and puffing and possibly nursing an injury.

An important tip to remember is to stay relaxed and focus on leaning forward from your ankles. This will aid your momentum and “help you avoid vertical miles” according to competitor.com. Another tip is to stay steady. Bouncing up and down expends energy. Try to keep your head as level as possible. Look ahead naturally as this will help to straighten your neck and back. Elbows should be bent at 90 degrees and stay in that position throughout each swing of the arm. Try to keep your shoulders straight and level and your hips pointing forward, avoiding any type of crisscross motion.

At the end of the day, proper form will only go so far if foot pain is compromising the situation. Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for diagnosis and treatment of any foot problem you may be experiencing. Make an appointment by calling our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410.

 


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
October 23, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain   blisters   Halloween   Frostbite  

Are you someone who looks forward to the shrieks, shrills and festivities that surround Halloween? We want to highlight a unique holiday activity perfect for your family – one especially if you have a love for science. From October 28th-29th, 2013, the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA is having its Spooky Science Sleepover. Spend the night with interactive exhibits and Halloween activities.

Going out on Halloween night, depending on where you live, can be a rather chilly adventure. Temperatures can drop over the course of the night and leave kids and adults shivering going house to house. Costumes should have enough room for layering, and feet cannot be forgotten! Due to cold weather and possible long distances of walking, feet need to be kept warm and protected. If you live in a particularly cold region, frostbite is a risk to be very watchful about. It doesn’t take long for toes to become cold, numb and frostbitten. Choose insulated shoes or boots to keep feet safe from the elements. It is always a good idea to wear something waterproof if possible, or you could put some plastic bags between socks and shoes if necessary.

If you are heading out to an adult party, it may not be the wisest idea to wear the towering high-heeled boots that go with your costume. Opt for something that is still costume worthy but won’t have you limping in pain or with an injury at the end of the night. Dealing with blisters, heel pain, or ball of foot pain isn’t the greatest way to end a fun night.

Besides a stomachache from all the sweets, if the aftermath of Halloween also includes foot pain or an injury, don’t hesitate to contact foot specialist Dr. Phil Pinkser. Our office in Washington, PA treats all ages. Call us at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
October 14, 2013
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Toe pain   Broken toe  

The little things in life are often what matter most. For some who live in Washington, PA, enjoying a day at Pennsylvania’s Arts and Crafts Christmas Festival is an annual tradition.  This event is taking place October 19th, 2013 and the 200 exhibits will help you get ready for the holidays!

Other small things that can have a big impact on your life are your toes! These little body parts can cause an extreme amount of discomfort when injured. You can probably attest to this fact if you have ever dropped something heavy on your foot or stubbed your toe in the middle of the night. A broken toe is a very common foot injury and it can happen in an instant. 

How you handle an injury sets the stage for the future health of your injured toe. Depending on the location and severity of a toe injury, a broken toe is at risk for becoming infected and possibly developing osteoarthritis over time. For this reason, it is important to know what to look for and when it is necessary to take action beyond self-care measures at home.

Pain, swelling, stiffness and bruising are telltale signs that you may have a break or slight fracture. If the big toe is involved, it may be difficult to walk and these symptoms may be worse than with smaller toes. An injured toe often heals well by simply being immobilized or taped to a neighboring toe. If the big toe is involved, a cast or surgery may be necessary to fully heal the injury. It is a good idea to seek professional care if a toe injury involves your big toe or if symptoms persist or get worse.

A broken toe may seem like a small matter, but it really is a big deal and delaying treatment could result in lasting complications. For help with any toe injury or problem, don’t hesitate to contact foot specialist Dr. Phil Pinsker. Our office in Washington, PA is here to serve you and your family. Make an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 and take care of your toes! 


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
October 08, 2013
Category: Shoes
Tags: Running   Running Shoes  

When cooler temperatures start to roll in, the gloom and doom of winter seems to lurk around the corner. For some, this impending season brings a big sigh as the fun of summer is out the door. Keep the fun going by getting active and jumping headfirst into a race that has been labeled, “the happiest 5K on the planet.” The Color Run 5K is coming to Pittsburgh, PA on October 12, 2013. As you prepare to be peppered by every color in the rainbow, take a moment to check your running shoes. To make it through the race without injury, your shoes may need a little upgrade.

Why should I replace my running shoes?

You may have your favorite pair from high school that is sentimental to you because you won a championship basketball game while wearing them. It’s time to put them in a box and invest in shoes that will protect your feet. The bottom line is that shoes wear out with use. They can lose their shock absorption, cushioning and stability. Your feet strike the ground with a great amount of force during a run, so when these qualities are gone, you are at risk for injury. Aches, pains, muscle fatigue and shin splints are just a few that could result.

A general rule is to replace your running shoes after 350-550 miles. If you aren’t sure, look closely. Check for worn down soles and creasing in the areas of the midsole. Put your shoes on a counter. If they tilt or lean to one side then the sole is worn down. If you can easily twist the shoe, then their stability has been compromised and it’s time to replace. A tip is to have two pairs of shoes that you can rotate between, which will make both pairs last longer.

Did you know that your shoes tell a lot about your foot health as well? If you would like to know more, or are experiencing foot and ankle pain while running, contact Dr. Philip Pinkser for more information, diagnosis or treatment. Call our podiatric office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today. 


We have all heard the saying, “Monkey see, monkey do.” Children are usually aware of everything going on around them, and parents should realize that their lifestyle choices are often imitated by their children. When the pantry is full of junk food and that is all parents eat, children will follow suit. If staying active isn’t a priority or modeled, children won’t see it as important.

Motivating kids to lead a healthy lifestyle needs to start when they are young. Habits are often hard to break so it is important to instill good ones before the bad ones take over. If you are looking for something fun to do as a family that would also get everyone out and active, sign up for the Kid’s Chance of PA 5/10K Fun Walk/Run event taking place on October 19th, at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. The race helps raise scholarship funds for kids in need.

An activity such as this gives your family a goal. Training can begin with encouraging your children to get in a small walk or run everyday and with making healthy eating choices. It may require the same for you as you lead the way! Working together, and then participating in and finishing the race together, is sure to create a great family memory, boost your child’s self-esteem, and get them started on the road to staying healthy. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years and in 2010 alone, more than a third of children and adolescents were overweight. It is a growing problem but you can keep your children out of the statistics by setting the stage for success while they are young.

Keeping children active requires them to be equipped with appropriate footwear and proper foot care. If at any time your child complains of foot pain, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Philip Pinsker, a foot specialist for the whole family. Individualized care and treatment will mean your child is back running around pain free in no time. Make an appointment today by calling our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410.