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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 28, 2016
Tags: fungal infection   foot odor  

With the onset of hot summer days stinky feet are a problem that we get more frequent complaints about at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. Your feet have 250,000 sweat glands capable of producing up to half a pint of perspiration a day. Although the sweat itself does not have an odor, when it mixes with bacteria, a foul odor is released.  Foot odor can also be caused by a fungal or bacterial infection. If the foot odor is persistent, make an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. The foot doctor will determine the cause of the foot odor and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

You can help reduce foot odor with the following tips:

  • Wear shoes made of breathable materials such as leather, canvas or mesh.

  • Alternate your footwear to avoid wearing the same pair two days in a row. If you participate in a sport regularly, consider buying two pairs of athletic shoes to allow shoes to air out at least 24 hours between wearings.

  • Choose socks made of thick, absorbent material like cotton that will wick moisture away from the skin.

  • Change socks daily or more than once a day if you sweat profusely.

  • Wash feet daily with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between the toes.

  • Use foot powder to keep feet dry.

  • Check between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet for signs of athlete’s foot or fungal infections. Red, itchy, skin that’s weeping or blistering can be signs of an infection which can also lead to foot odor.

Most foot infections do not go away without treatment. If you do notice any symptoms of infection or other changes in the skin on your feet, be sure to come into our Washington office to have your feet examined.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 23, 2016
Category: Diabetes Care

Patients with diabetes are subject to a host of foot problems that can have serious medical consequences. Any sores or abrasions on the toes or feet can rapidly develop into ulcers or wounds that can be slow to heal and provide an entry point for bacteria. Infections in diabetic patients are difficult to get rid of and can spread to the bones creating a situation where amputation may become necessary.

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we have seen how shoe choice can greatly impact diabetic foot health. The proper shoes can help reduce the risk of injury and infection. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shoe shopping:

  1. Choose natural materials—shoes made from leather and other breathable materials are less likely to trap moisture which increases the risk of fungal and bacterial infections on skin and nails.

  2. Make sure toe boxes are roomy—when toes are squeezed together a number of problems arise. First, the friction from rubbing together may create blisters or calluses. Second, there is an increased risk for foot deformities such as bunions or Capsulitis where toes are dislocated and forced out of place and these will create pressure points that can be prone to irritation from footwear.

  3. Look to limit horizontal movement—shoes that hug your foot limit the possibility of the interior of the shoe rubbing against your skin. They also keep your foot firmly in place and reduce the risk of ankle sprains and tripping.

  4. Pick shock absorbing soles—cushioning on the bottom of the foot and good arch support will help keep feet properly positioned and avoid excess pressure on heels and other areas on the bottom of the foot.

It’s essential to contact our Washington office as soon as you notice any irritation to the foot. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will want to see you if you develop a callus, bump, blister or just notice redness or swelling anywhere on your toes or feet. Timely treatment is necessary to avoid ulcers and infections so call us at (724) 225-7410 at the first sign of a problem.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 15, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Orthotics   plantar fibroma  

One day as you’re drying your feet after a shower you notice a little lump in the arch area of your foot. It doesn’t hurt and so you put off dealing with it. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want patients to know that lumps and bumps in your feet are not normal and should not be ignored! There are several possible sources of a lump in the bottom of your foot, including:

  • Nerve or fat tumor

  • Cyst

  • Ruptured tendon

  • Foreign body in the foot

  • Infection

Another possibility is a plantar fibroma, a nodule or tissue tumor that develops and becomes embedded in the plantar fascia, the long band of ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes.

What is a Plantar Fibroma?

Plantar fibroma can be a single mass or several smaller ones. It is non-cancerous and can form in one or both feet. Doctors aren’t really sure what causes a plantar fibroma, but it’s thought that it may be genetic. Plantar fibromas will usually grow larger over time and the pressure on the foot from daily activities will cause pain and make shoe fitting difficult.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your foot and take a complete medical history. Imaging tools such as x-rays and an MRI may be used to get a more complete picture of what is going on inside your foot. Once a diagnosis of plantar fibroma is confirmed, the foot doctor will decide on the right treatment for you with goal of reducing pain and pressure to the area. Conservative treatment methods include:

  • Steroid injections

  • Orthotic inserts

  • Physical Therapy

If these do not provide relief, cryosurgery or traditional surgery may be required.

As with most podiatric conditions, it’s important to catch plantar fibroma in its early stages to ensure the best possible treatment outcome. If you have found a lump in your foot (whether it’s painful or not), make an appointment to be seen at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 08, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Most of the year your feet spend covered up with socks and shoes but now that summer is approaching, warmer temperatures will have our patients at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM wearing open shoes and going barefoot. The skin on your feet is particularly sensitive to the strong rays of the sun, especially since they are not normally exposed. Left unprotected, they are susceptible to sunburn and, even more serious, skin cancer.

Cancers of the Feet

Many of our Washington and Allegheny County patients are surprised to learn that cancer can strike your feet, just as it can the rest of your body. There are several types of growths and cancers common to the feet including: squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas, malignant melanomas, Neoplastic disorders (tumors—both benign and malignant), as well as several other growths that are usually benign.

Preventing Foot Cancer

Most cancers of the foot, even the most serious kind, can be treated successfully if caught early on. The problem is, patients are not usually looking for the symptoms, which are often painless initially, and the cancer may not be diagnosed until it has progressed significantly. Here are some tips on minimizing your risk of cancer of the foot:

  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen to your feet whenever you are applying to other parts of your body. This includes the tops and bottoms of your feet when you are at the lake, beach or pool. Just as facial moisturizers have sunscreen in them to protect the skin on your face on a daily basis, your feet need protection too if you will be wearing shoes that expose the skin.

  • Check the skin on your feet. Get in the habit of regularly examining your skin for any abnormal freckles or moles—this includes under your toenails and the soles of your feet too. Keep an eye on existing moles and freckles as well. Changes in size, shape, or coloration can indicate a problem.

  • Inform your podiatrist. If you do notice changes to the skin on your feet, contact our Washington office at once for an appointment. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will evaluate skin lesions and conditions and recommend appropriate treatment. Your podiatrist can also make note of moles and freckles and check them in future visits for changes.

Successful treatment of cancers of the foot depends partly on early detection. If you see anything on your foot that has you concerned, don’t delay. Contact our office at: (724) 225-7410.