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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
December 23, 2013
Category: Arthritis

If you are looking for a little getaway this holiday season, a great option is the quaint town of Gettysburg, PA, known for its three-day battle in 1863. There are cozy bed and breakfasts, shopping, and holiday events that will add some charm to your time away. For the adventurers, the Liberty Mountain Resort will give your family all the skiing, snowboarding or tubing they need!

For those who suffer from arthritis, it may not sound appealing to go anywhere. Joint pain can flare up and make it painful to stand, walk and wear shoes. If you are between visits to your doctor or podiatrist, there are several things you can do for arthritis pain relief at home.

The first important tip is to remember that moving is good. It is often misunderstood that achy joints need rest to get better, but the opposite is true. Maintaining movement in your joints is very helpful in reducing pain. Go for a walk, clean your house, or go to the local gym and use the pool. Water is a great place to exercise, as your buoyancy provides less stress on joints. Second, your shoe choice is extremely important. Wear shoes that fit your feet well and have rubber soles for more cushioning. Last, you can do a bit of your own physical therapy with some foot exercises. Pick up some marbles with your toes, or stretch your big toes by putting a rubber band around both big toes and trying to pull them one at a time away from each other and toward adjacent toes.

If you are struggling to manage your foot arthritis, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for help. We can provide a treatment plan tailored to your needs that will bring relief from your symptoms. Call our podiatric office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
December 18, 2013
Category: Arthritis

If you have arthritis, are you wondering whether there are dos and don’ts when it comes to physical activity? There may have been a day when having arthritis meant a life sentence of “taking it easy.” Years of study and research have changed that mindset. Exercise is good! It can improve the functioning of your joints, alleviate pain, and increase mobility.

Before you jump off the couch and sign up for the closest triathlon or the nearest obstacle laden warrior dash, let us give you just a few guidelines to remember. The first thing you need to do is clear your activity with a medical professional. Dr. Philip Pinsker can advise you on the best type of exercise based on the severity of your arthritis. The wrong activity, or overdoing an appropriate workout routine, could lead to further pain and serious injury.

After you have received the go-ahead, pace yourself. Choose activities that will build up the muscle around your joints without putting too much stress on them. Work up to being able to get in at least 2 ½ hours of moderate aerobic exercise every week. It is encouraged to aim for two days a week of muscle strengthening exercises using your own body weight, dumbbells, machines, or resistance bands.  Add a daily routine of flexibility and balance exercises to maintain proper joint range of motion. Good choices of exercise would include swimming, cycling, and walking. It may be best to avoid running, tennis, and high impact forms of exercise.

We are here to help you if you are struggling with the pain of arthritis. Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker with any questions or for treatment. Call our office in Washington, PA today at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment.

 


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
December 11, 2013
Category: Heel Problems

A British shoe company has recently launched a shoe line called Boutique by Hotter, including styles of high heels that they describe as “fashionable and elegant – but best of all comfy.” Is it possible that high heels could actually be comfortable? You might have to try out these three-and-a-half inch heels with flexible soles and soft leather lining for yourself to test their claim.

Unfortunately, we don’t always treat our feet right by the shoes we choose to wear, and one complaint we hear often is that our patients suffer with heel pain. There are many reasons why you may have heel pain – your shoes, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, or a stress fracture. For many, the worst pain happens in the morning when your feet first hit the ground. The reason this happens is that muscles and ligaments in your feet have a chance to tighten up during the night, so when you step out of bed in the morning you are stretching them again, which could be painful.

Nighttime heel pain stretches can help avoid morning heel pain. Start with this one – sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front. Wrap an exercise band or a towel around the ball of one foot andgently pull it towards you. When you feel the stretch, hold for a few seconds before releasing and repeat 3-5 times. Switch to do the same on the other foot. Next try a wall stretch that will help stretch the calf muscle. This will also help with the tension in your feet. With both feet flat on the ground, put one foot slightly ahead of the other. Slowly squat down around 8 inches but be sure to keep both heels on the floor. Hold the stretch for around 30 seconds. You can also step on the edge of a stair and dip your heels down slightly for another foot and calf stretch.

If you are struggling with heel pain and stretches are not helping, it is time for us to step in and get you on the right path of treatment. Don’t waste another day with foot pain – call Dr. Philip Pinsker today at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online


By Dr. Philip Pinsker
December 03, 2013
Category: Treatment Options
Tags: Orthotics   Pain Relief   Treatment  

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe recently injured his feet due to intense workout regimes and after running a 10K. He opted for platelet rich plasma injections to help correct the muscles in his feet. It is not known how well he cared for his feet during his grueling workouts, but for anyone in a similar position, orthotics may be one thing that could help avoid foot pain.

Let’s face it: our feet take a beating even on an average day. Add in exercise, playing sports, having a job that has you on your feet all day, or wearing poor-fitting shoes like high heels, and the potential for foot problems increases. Orthotics may sound like the latest invention at a junior high science fair, but in reality, they are an extremely beneficial and effective tool in the world of foot care.

The reason they are so helpful is how they support your feet. Whether you have an injury that is healing, a deformity such as hammertoes or bunions, or a foot structure such as flat feet, orthotics can make your feet more comfortable. These inserts that slip right inside your shoes are designed to stabilize your feet. This can alter the way your feet strike the ground, which helps with balance and takes pressure off areas that are painful. Orthotics provide extra support and help with shock absorption.

There are some store bought options out there, but the best way to go is to get a pair custom made at our office from an exact imprint of your foot. A one-size-fits-all kind of insert simply may not do the job you need it to do. If you have been struggling with foot pain, it’s time to find out how orthotics can help.

Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for more information or to make an appointment. You can call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or visit us online