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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 27, 2016

Plantar fasciitis is an injury that we treat often at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. It occurs when there is too much stress on the plantar fascia—a long ligament that stretches along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: pain in the bottom of your foot or heel, which may get worse after exercise or standing for a long period of time. A signature sign of this disorder is a severe, stabbing pain in the morning as you take the first steps of the day.

Risk Factors

The plantar fascia is a very strong ligament but if it is over stretched it can become inflamed and small tears may occur in it causing the symptoms above. Some factors that make a patient more prone to plantar fasciitis include:

  • Having a job that requires considerable amounts of time standing or walking on hard surfaces

  • Being overweight or being pregnant

  • Leisure activities that put stress on the plantar fascia, such as running, dancing and gymnastics

  • Flat feet or high arches

  • Frequently wearing shoes that do not have adequate arch support or excessive time spent in high heels

  • Starting a new sport or exercise program too quickly or intensely

  • Age—people between 40 and 60 are at the highest risk for plantar fasciitis

Seek Treatment

Plantar fasciitis will frequently get worse if not treated. Chronic heel pain can cause you to alter the way you walk which can lead to back, hip and knee problems. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will examine your foot and ask questions about your medical history, symptoms and activities. Once a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is confirmed, Dr. Pinsker will work with you to devise a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle. To learn more, contact our Washington office at (724) 225-7410.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 20, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Hopefully you’ll soon be heading off on a relaxing summer vacation. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to remind you that good foot health never takes time off. As you pack your suitcase, be sure to include the following items for your feet:

Shoe Wardrobe: What will you be doing on your vacation--hiking, playing golf, or strolling the beach or boardwalk? Be sure to bring appropriate footwear for all the activities you have planned. Even one game of volleyball played without properly supportive shoes can result in a torn Achilles tendon or other injury.

First Aid: Pack bandages and antibiotic ointment to treat minor cuts and scrapes. Be sure to include moleskin too, especially if you will be hiking or you’ve bought new shoes for your trip. Put moleskin on as soon as you feel an irritation caused by rubbing from your footwear to head off a painful blister. Include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication for sore feet or ankles in case you overdo it.

Fungal Fighters: The fungi that cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenails love to hang at the pool, spa, and anyplace where it’s damp and lots of bare feet walk. Bring flip flops to wear in those places and also anti-fungal foot powder to keep feet dry and protected.

Keep it Neat: Toenail clippers and an emery board can ensure that you keep nails trimmed and not too long. Remember to cut nails straight across and file any rough edges to avoid ingrown toenails from developing.

Don’t Feel the Burn: Your feet need protection from the sun just like the skin on the other parts of your body. Be sure to apply to both the tops and bottoms of your feet if you are lying out in the sun. If you do suffer a burn, use Aloe Vera to soothe your skin.

We hope you have a medically uneventful vacation but if you do injure your foot or ankle, be sure to get it checked out professionally and make an appointment to see Dr. Philip S. Pinsker at our Washington office as soon as you return.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 13, 2016

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we pride ourselves on really listening to our patients and partnering with them to provide the best podiatric care in the Pittsburgh area. As a patient, you can help us better help you by coming to your appointment prepared to give the foot doctor the following information:

Medical History—Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker believes in a total body approach to foot care. The foot doctor will want to get a complete medical history including operations you have had, foot and other conditions that run in your family, past injuries and diseases and problems that you have had in the past with your toes, feet or ankles.

Current Symptoms—In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the foot doctor will need to know specifically what symptoms you are experiencing and also whether they are constant or intermittent and what makes them feel better or worse. Mostly like the podiatrist will want to know how long you have had these symptoms—even if you know you’ve waited longer than you should, be honest. The duration of your symptoms can be a factor in the foot doctor’s diagnosis. Don’t hesitate to tell the foot doctor about symptoms even if they seem inconsequential to you, such as burning sensation or discolored skin or nails.

Medications—Have a list of all the medications you are currently taking and what they are for. It’s essential to let the foot doctor know if you have any allergies to medications. An accurate record of other medical procedures you have had is also important. People with certain types of implants, for example, will not be able to have and MRI, a test podiatrists often use to evaluate foot and ankle conditions.

Lifestyle—If you have a foot health issue, the podiatrist will need to know about your job and leisure activities. Do you spend much time on your feet? Do you have a job that requires you to squat and stand frequently? Are you a runner or participate in some other sport or fitness activity on a regular basis? Do you have young children to care for? All of these factors will play a role in choosing the best treatment option for you.

If you are experiencing any pain or unusual symptoms in your toes, feet or ankles, make an appointment at our conveniently located Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 05, 2016

The most common cause of fungal toenails is dermatophyte fungus. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and are spread by direct contact. This description fits many favorite summer hangouts: the pool, nail salon, changing area and rest rooms at the beach, etc. That’s why summer is a season where we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM see an increase in cases of fungal toenails.

In addition to going barefoot in areas where the virus is likely to be found, there are other factors that increase your risk of developing a fungal nail infection. These include:

  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, weakened immune system, Down syndrome, poor circulation

  • Sweating profusely

  • Being male, particularly if fungal infections run in your family

  • Already having athlete’s foot

  • Wearing shoes and socks that don’t allow for good air circulation and sweat absorption

  • Sharing living space with someone who has a nail fungus

  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, hang nail, ingrown nail or injury to the nail

Signs of Fungal Nails

The first sign that you may have been infected by a fungus is that your nail may develop a small white spot. As time goes on, the entire nail may become discolored. It will also thicken and become brittle and crumbly particularly on the edges. The nail may eventually begin to separate from the nail bed, totally distorting the nail. Left untreated, the fungal infection can spread to other nails and there may also be a foul smell coming from the nail.

Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will want to examine your nail and may send some of the debris from under you nail to the lab for analysis. Yeast and bacteria can also cause infections and knowing the exact source of the infection will help the foot doctor determine the most targeted and effective treatment.

Once the foot doctor confirms a diagnosis he will suggest the best treatment for you. Fungal nails can be slow to clear up. If you suspect something is wrong with one of your toenails, contact our Washington office for an appointment.