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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 25, 2015
Category: foot care tips
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Although the risks for health issues increases with age, there are many ways that patients can proactively care for their feet to help avoid problems and ensure many years of living an active life. Our board certified doctor, Philip S. Pinsker, treats many senior patients in his Washington, PA practice and he believes that establishing a foot care routine will help prevent injury, catch foot health problems in their earliest stages, and may even help keep the rest of the body healthy. Did you know that the warning signs of certain diseases and disorders can show up in your feet? These include diabetes, arthritis, circulatory and nerve problems.

If you are a senior citizen, here are some ways you can help keep your feet healthy:

  • Choose shoes that are properly fitted and supportive. A good pair of shoes will help with balance and properly support foot structure. Shoes should not rub or require a “breaking in” period. They should be roomy in the toe box.
  • Wear clean socks and change them if they get damp.
  • Wash feet with mild soap every day and dry thoroughly, particularly between the toes.
  • Use moisturizers that contain lanolin, shea butter, or coconut oil. Avoid water-based lotions that can encourage dry skin to return.
  • Trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Keep good blood circulation to your feet by putting them up when you are home and avoiding crossing them if you are sitting for a long period of time. Avoid tight socks which could also restrict blood flow.
  • Check your feet on a daily basis. Look for bruises, redness, injuries, cracks, blisters, bumps, changes in your toenails, or any signs of infection.

If you do notice any changes in the appearance of your feet or you feel pain or discomfort, call our office at (724) 225- 7410 or request an appointment online as soon as possible. So often, early detection and treatment of a foot problem that affects seniors can head off more serious complications and long term disabilities.


By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
September 17, 2015
Category: Ankle Pain
Tags: arthritis  

Did you know that according to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million Americans suffer from Arthritis? Arthritis is actually an umbrella term for more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect your joints. Since there are 33 joints in each foot, Arthritis requires a proactive approach in order to keep your feet as healthy as possible. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the USA, and if the symptoms are ignored and the disease progresses, it can greatly limit your activity level and impact your quality of life.

Signs of Arthritis

Too often, this disabling disease is often missed and the early warning signs are just chalked up to “old age.” Although arthritis is a progressive disease, catching it early and treating immediately can prevent serious damage from being done to your feet. The symptoms below can affect the ankle, the big toe joint, and the joints in the midfoot and near the heel. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, a board certified podiatrist, says Allegheny and Washington County patients should set up a consultation in our Washington, PA office if they experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain and difficulty standing or walking
  • Stiffness and/or swelling in one or more joints in the foot
  • Joints feels warm and inflamed
  • Pain and tenderness in the foot when touched
  • Skin changes, such as rashes or growths

Treatment

After a thorough exam and x-rays or CT scans to confirm a diagnosis of arthritis, Dr. Pinsker will custom tailor a treatment plan for you. Common treatment options for arthritis include physical therapy, weight control, anti-inflammatory medications, injections into affected joints, and custom orthotic inserts to help provide pain relief and proper positioning of the foot. Early detection is critical to remaining active and pain free. If you believe you may have the beginning symptoms of arthritis, call our Washington, PA office at 724-225-7410 or request an appointment online


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 09, 2015
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Ankle sprains are a common injury that Dr. Philip S. Pinsker sees in his Washington, PA office but it is also one that is not always properly understood. Most of us have twisted an ankle at some point. You know how easy it is—you hit the bottom step the wrong way or trip over a stone in the yard or sometimes you’re just walking and your ankle gives way. What happens next and how you treat it can have long term affects on the health of your foot.

Is My Ankle Sprained?

Patients often mistakenly think that whether or not they have a sprain is based on how much pain they are in. Actually, a sprain is an injury to the ligaments surrounding the ankle. When you twist your ankle, the ligaments, which hold the bones together and keep the ankle in proper alignment, get stretched or even torn. A strain is an injury to the muscle. In the case of a sprain you may feel anything from a twinge to severe pain at the time of the injury. If the sprain is more serious, there may be bruising, tenderness, and stiffness in the joint. You may find that it’s difficult to put weight on the ankle.

When Should I Call the Podiatrist?

If you are in any discomfort or pain at all, you should come in and let our board certified foot doctor examine your ankle. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the pain will go away on its own. Ankle pain can also be the sign of a fracture. In addition to examining your ankle, Dr. Pinsker will use other diagnostic tools such as x-rays, MRI, or possibly even a CAT scan to ensure an accurate diagnosis of your ankle pain. Even if it turns out you are suffering from a mild ankle sprain, proper and prompt treatment is necessary to prevent further injuries and chronic ankle afflictions.

Treatment

Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Pinsker will determine the best treatment for you. Until the time of your office visit, your best bet is to follow the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Remember, no ankle pain is “normal.” If your ankles or feet are in pain, call our office today at (724) 225- 7410 or request an appointment online.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 04, 2015
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

What’s red and itchy and spreads all over your feet and between your toes? Athlete’s Foot. Also known as tinea pedis, this fungal infection is the most common type treated by Dr. Philip S. Pinsker in his Southwestern, PA practice.

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

The fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot actually already lives on your feet but it doesn’t become a problem when feet stay clean and dry. If you wear tight shoes where your toes are cramped , a moist, hot environment develops, providing the perfect breeding ground for the fungus to develop into tinea pedis. Athlete’s Foot is highly contagious by direct contact or from surfaces that have been touched by others with the infection. That means sharing socks and shoes can be a way of contracting the fungal infection. Also, walking barefoot in public areas like community swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and beach changing areas all greatly increase your risk of contracting this irritating and painful skin condition.

Treatment for Athlete’s Foot

In addition to redness and itching, you may get blisters that ooze, peeling or scaling skin, inflammation, and stinging. Once Dr. Pinsker has examined your foot and diagnosed Athlete’s Foot, he will determine the best treatment for you. Depending on the severity of your infection, treatment options may include the following:

  • Anti-fungal powder
  • Topical or oral anti-fungal medication
  • Antibiotics if there is an accompanying bacterial infection

If left untreated, Athlete’s Foot can spread to other parts of your body.

Preventing of Athlete’s Foot

You can help prevent Athlete’s Foot by taking the following steps:

  • Wash feet twice daily. Dry thoroughly and use antifungal powder.
  • Wear clean cotton socks and change when damp.
  • Choose footwear that is not constricting to the toes and feet and that is made of breathable material.
  • Always wear flip flops or sandals when walking in public places or using public showers.

If you believe you have Athlete’s Foot, contact our Washington, PA office today at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment.