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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 26, 2016
Category: foot care tips

That is, don’t take a hike without proper preparation. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we’re all for enjoying the beautiful autumn weather and hitting the hiking trails but just like with any other sports or fitness activity, you need a proper program and the right gear. Here are some of the more common problems hikers face and how to head them off at the pass:

Blisters—this is one of the most frequent irritations that occur when hiking.  Your socks and shoes play a big part in preventing blisters. Be certain that the hiking boots you have chosen fit properly and if they are new, wear them around the house for several hours before heading off on a hike to make sure there are no areas where the shoes rub on your skin. Wear socks that are thick enough to provide some cushioning and consider wearing 2 layers of socks with a thinner, moisture wicking sock closest to your skin. Sweaty feet are more likely to develop blisters. Also, be sure to carry some moleskin in your daypack and apply it as soon as you feel the slightest irritation anywhere on the skin of your feet.

Heel Pain—pain in the heel (as well as in the sole or other parts of the foot) can be avoided by wearing good quality, supportive hiking shoes and also be taking breaks regularly along the trail.

Ankle Sprains—again, your shoes can play a big role in preventing this debilitating condition. Choose shoes with good ankle support, particularly if you have had ankle sprains in the past. Hikers with weak ankles should avoid trails that have lots of loose rock and uneven terrain.

Achilles Tendonitis—steep climbs can overstretch and injure the Achilles tendon but more often damage is the result of choosing a trail that is too strenuous or long for a hiker’s ability. Start with less challenging hikes and gradually build up to longer, more intense trails.

Most importantly, if you do experience foot or ankle pain or swelling after hiking don’t delay in contacting our Washington office for an appointment to have our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker check it out. Putting off seeking treatment usually results in a worse injury and longer recovery time.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 19, 2016
Category: Foot Facts
Tags: bones   sweat glands  

Your feet—every day they take you where you need to go, they carry the load of your body (and all those groceries and things you tote around) and they allow you to do everything from go up on tip toes to reach a high shelf to run a marathon. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want our patients to recognize how amazing their feet are. Here are some facts* you may not know:

  • There are 52 bones in a pair of feet—that equals 25% of all the bones in your body.

  • Your feet have 250,000 sweat glands. They produce about ½ pint of perspiration a day.

  • The average person will walk about 115,000 miles in a lifetime--that's more than 4 times around the world.

  • Feet are their largest at the end of the day.

  • Your feet serve as an early warning system for the rest of your body: many serious medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, nerve and circulatory disorders will show initial signs and symptoms in the feet.

  • 75% of Americans will experience foot problems at some time in their lives, but only a very small percentage are born with foot problems.

  • The average woman walks 3 miles more than the average man on a daily basis. Women also have about four times as many foot problems as men.

  • The soles of your feet contain more sensory nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body.

  • During an average day of walking, the forces on your feet can be the hundreds of tones, as many as a fully loaded cement truck.

Now that we’ve got you appreciating your feet more, we want to remind patients that if anything seems to be not right with these amazing body parts and you’re experiencing pain or stiffness in your toes, feet or ankles or you are having difficulty walking, standing or exercising, contact our Washington office to arrange a consultation with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

*Facts from Foot.com.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 13, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: arthritis   osteoporosis   back pain  

October 12-20 is Bone and Joint Action Week—a worldwide event aimed at raising awareness of musculoskeletal issues including arthritis, back pain, trauma and osteoporosis. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we recognize how debilitating joint and bone disorders can be, particularly in your feet. One of the best ways to prevent problems and improve overall joint and bone health is exercise. For people with joint concerns, however, fitness activities should be low impact. Below are some joint-friendly exercise options:

Swimming—working out in water is a top fitness choice for patients with inflamed joints. Swimming and water exercises are non-weight bearing and involve no potentially-damaging impact on your feet. However, you can still burn calories, improve heart and lung function and also strength and flexibility.

Walking—this fitness activity fits nearly everyone. The shoes you choose and the surface you walk on are the biggest comfort factors if you are experiencing any joint pain in toes, feet or ankles. Your podiatrist can make shoe recommendations to accommodate your specific foot issues.

Yoga—the gentle stretching of this exercise is good for muscles as well as joints and also builds strength and balance—all with no high impact action.

Cycling—whether you do a stationary bike or choose to zip around your neighborhood, biking is an easy-on-your joints fitness activity. Spin classes are a way to raise your fitness level in a more social group setting.

Tai Chi—this ancient martial art consists of slow, rhythmic movements that provide stretching and also offer improved balance and flexibility.

If you are experiencing any joint pain or stiffness, be sure to not put off scheduling an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Most of these types of ailments will only get worse if you continue to walk on them without treatment. Contact our Washington office today by calling: (724) 225-7410 to arrange for a podiatric evaluation and to get the foot doctor’s advice on the best fitness plan for you.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
October 04, 2016

Starting up a new school year brings challenges: getting up at an earlier time, making new friends, scheduling time for homework, etc. Dealing with pain in your feet or ankles, however, should not be one of them. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we do see an increase in podiatric complaints involving children and teens at this time of the year.

What’s the Pain?

Foot pain should never be ignored. Most conditions will not get better without some treatment or adjustment and could eventually cause serious disability if not dealt with. Some common causes of pediatric foot pain include:

  • Fall footwear transition—after a summer of going barefoot or wearing flip flops the more confining shoes of Fall may feel uncomfortable. Some adjustment is normal but consistent aches and pains indicate a possible problem. Due to the lack of support and cushioning in flip flops children who have spent the majority of their summer in them may find that they have inflamed their Achilles tendon or twisted an ankle that is not healing properly.

  • If the shoe fits—new school year often means new shoes. Whether buying new or using last year’s shoes, make sure they fit properly. There should be a thumb’s width of space between the longest toe and the front of the shoe. Make sure your child can wiggle all their toes freely in the shoe and that the heel fits snugly without rubbing or slipping out of the shoe. Worn out shoes can lose their support and cause foot pain too, so be sure to check for wear.

  • Heel pain disorder—common among children ages 8-14 is a condition known as Sever’s Disease. This occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed. Due to the fact that the bones in children of these ages are still developing this area is somewhat fragile and can be aggravated by repetitive pounding or walking in shoes that do not have adequate heel cushion.

  • Watch for overuse—many toe, foot and ankle disorders come about when children increase activity suddenly. If your child is participating in a Fall sport and has started a vigorous practice and game schedule after a summer of video games and inactivity foot pain and injury are quite likely. Encourage conditioning and proper stretching before and after practices.

If your child is complaining of any discomfort or pain in their feet, take it seriously. Contact us for an appointment at our Washington office so our board certified podiatrist Dr. Philip S. Pinsker to evaluate and treat your child promptly so the school year will get off to a good start.