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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 24, 2016
Category: Foot Health

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month

 Are you wondering why we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM are writing about Osteoporosis? This disease causes bones to weaken. In your foot are 26 bones. Between both your feet nearly a quarter of all your body’s bones are found there. Now that we have your attention, let’s see what else you know about how to strengthen these all important bones that support the rest of your body and prevent Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis only happens to old people.

False:  That is, unless you consider 50 old. It’s true that the risk of osteoporosis increases as you age but currently it’s estimated that one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone because of osteoporosis.

If you’re not a kid anymore, getting extra calcium won’t help protect your bones.

False: Adding calcium to your diet is valuable at any stage of life. Increasing your intake of yogurt, cheese, milk and other dairy products as well as leafy greens such as kale, bok choy and broccoli will all help strengthen your bones.  Calcium supplements may also be useful in cranking up the calcium levels. Check with your doctor to find out the amount of calcium you should be getting on a daily basis.

Exercise can help prevent Osteoporosis

True: Weight-bearing exercise such as walking, running, and most sports can help make your bones stronger. Adding muscle-strengthening exercise to your routine will make the muscles that support the bones stronger and that provides additional protection against bone breakage.

Your feet can be an early warning system for this disease

True: Many times unexplained stress fractures in the feet can be a sign of osteoporosis beginning in the body. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will be on the lookout for possible fractures if you come in to our Washington office complaining of unexplained pain in your foot.

Be proactive about your foot health. If you have questions or concerns about Osteoporosis or other disorders that may impact your feet, contact our office by calling: (724) 225- 7410. 


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 18, 2016
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

The weather is warming up and that leads to people going barefoot, which means at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we’ll start seeing more cases of Athlete’s Foot. The reason being that Athlete’s Foot is spread by direct contact with the fungus that causes the condition.

Recognizing Athlete’s Foot

How do you know if you have Athlete’s Foot? It most often starts between the toes as an itchy, red rash. It will then progress to the soles of the feet and as the condition worsens, you may notice these symptoms as well:

  • Stinging

  • Burning

  • Redness

  • Scaly or flaky skin

  • Oozing blisters

  • Thickened or discolored nails

Left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body as well.

Treatment

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will most likely be able to diagnose your Athlete’s Foot by examination. Treatment of the infection may consist of prescription oral or topical antifungal medication as well as foot powders and antibiotics if a bacterial infection has developed.

Avoiding Fungal Infections

Of course the best scenario is to avoid Athlete’s Foot in the first place. Here’s how:

  • Practice good foot hygiene: wash feet daily and change your socks every day—more often if you tend to have feet that perspire excessively.

  • Avoid going barefoot in damp public places such as community pools, gym locker rooms, showers, etc.

  • Don’t share socks, shoes or anything that touches the feet.

  • Don’t wear shoes that are tight in the toe box—keeping toes squished together in a closed in, dark space makes feet sweat and creates the perfect environment for fungal infections to flourish.

If you suspect you have Athlete’s Foot, contact our Washington office today for an appointment and get treatment before it spreads.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 10, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: arthritis   gout  

When patients hear “arthritis” they think of joint pain and swelling and difficulty bending and straightening affected joints. While these are commonly recognized symptoms, arthritis is not a single disease. The term arthritis is actually used to refer to over 100 joint diseases and pain related conditions. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the various types of arthritis that can affect the joints of your feet as well as the rest of your body.

Degenerative: Osteoarthritis, sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, is the most common category of arthritis. It occurs over time as joints lose their strength and cartilage wears away to the point that bone rubs on bone and pain, stiffness and swelling are the result. Although aging is definitely a factor for this type of arthritis, heredity, your weight and previous injuries also play a role.

Metabolic: If your body has trouble metabolizing uric acid or it produces too much of this enzyme, you may suffer from gout. Gout is particularly likely to strike your big toe joint. When uric acid builds up in your body it can crystallize in your joints causing extreme pain. You can help control gout by reducing or eliminating foods high in purines from your diet. These include red meat, red wine, heavy sauces and beer.

Inflammatory: One category of arthritis is autoimmune. Conditions such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis happen when your immune system turns against itself and attacks joints with severe inflammation. These types of arthritis are usually part of a chronic syndrome that affects many parts of the body and others systems besides just your joints.

Infectious: It is also possible to contract arthritis through a bacteria, virus or fungus. Organisms that cause food poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases and blood infections can also cause inflammation of the joints.

For some types of arthritis, early treatment can greatly reduce or even eliminate joint inflammation and pain. In all cases, the catching the disorder in its initial stages always means a better outcome. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort associated with the joints of your feet or ankles, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410. Our experienced podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be able to help you find the source of the pain and suggest the best treatment plan for your specific joint issue.


By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
May 02, 2016
Tags: arthritis   Bunions   turf toe   hallux limitus  

With 19 bones and 9 joints in your toes, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Toe pain can be extremely debilitating, affecting your ability to walk and comfortably wear shoes. It’s a common reason patients come into Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. Below are some causes of toe pain:

Bunions—this deformity of the big toe occurs when the joint gets displaced and the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe. As the condition progresses, a bony bump will form on the outside of the base of the big toe which will become irritated as it rubs against your shoes.

Arthritis—is an inflammation of the joints and can affect any of your toes. There are two kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis, which is the “wear and tear” type that occurs as we age and rheumatoid arthritis which is chronic inflammatory disease that affects your joints and other parts of the body as well.

Turf Toe—is actually a sprain of the big toe that can occur when you severely stub your toe or it can come on gradually over time with repetitive, pushing off motion. It is common in football players and others who play on artificial turf where the toe is more likely to stick and be repeatedly hyperextended. Swelling usually accompanies the pain with turf toe.

Hallux Limitus—if your big toe feels stiff and you have a limited range of motion you may have hallux limitus. This condition can occur if the first metatarsal (the long bone behind the joint of the big toe) gets out of alignment or there is a sudden or repeated trauma to the toe.

Fracture—toes can be broken by a trauma such as dropping a heavy object on your foot or they can develop a stress fracture—a tiny crack in the surface of the bone due to repetitive stress or pressure.

Most toe conditions require the attention of the foot doctor. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker has experience dealing with all types of injuries and medical disorders involving the toes and will be able to properly diagnose and prescribe treatment for whatever is causing you toe pain. Many conditions are progressive as well and will only get worse over time so if you have a toe that is bothering you, make an appointment at our Washington office and get it checked out as soon as possible.