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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 25, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Orthotics  

Did you know that there are 33 joints in your feet and ankles? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we think that’s a very good reason to find ways to keep joints healthy. Although we may often take them for granted, without properly functioning joints in your ankles and feet you would not be mobile. Below is a list of 7 tips to start incorporating into your daily life. Your joints will thank you!

  1. Change it up (and down). Sitting or standing for long periods of time can hurt your joints. The best course is to change your position often to keep joints flexible.
  2. Stop wearing high heels. Some experts say that a three-inch heel puts seven times more stress on your foot than a one-inch heel. The unnatural position that high heels put your feet and toes in can cause deformities as well as stress on your knees and lead to the development of osteoarthritis.
  3. Lose some weight. The joints in your feet an ankle carry the heaviest load. Every pound you lose lessens the strain. Some studies have shown that even losing as little as 11 pounds can reduce your risk of knee arthritis by 50 percent.
  4. Add some color to your plate. By choosing a wide range of colors in your vegetables and fruits you’ll increase the chances of getting the maximum amount of nutrients and antioxidants. Don’t forget calcium-rich foods for stronger bones and those with inflammation-fighting vitamins and antioxidants such as orange juice, salmon, peppers, and cherries.
  5. Cut back on caffeine. You can still have a cup or two to get going in the morning but try to lower the number of cups you drink a day as research shows too much caffeine can weaken bones.
  6. Add a brace. Ask the podiatrist if a brace for your knee or ankle would decrease stress on those joints. Orthotics may prove helpful too by shifting pressure away from injured joints and correcting structural problems in the foot.
  7. Work with your foot doctor. If your joint pain is new or you notice an increase in the severity of pain, swelling or stiffness in your foot and ankle joints contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will want to monitor the progression of any joint issues you are experiencing and will determine the best course of treatment for bringing pain relief and preserving joint health.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 17, 2018

If you are like many people getting into better shape may have been on your list of New Year’s resolutions. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that in mid to late January we see an increase in a number of common injuries and disorders that are related to fitness and sports. Don’t let your resolution to get in shape get derailed by one of these problems:

  1. Achilles Injuries—the Achilles tendon is the long band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg between your calf and the top of your heel. In fact, it is the strongest tendon in your body and yet, it is also the frequently injured. You can aggravate your Achilles tendon and cause it to become inflamed resulting in Achilles tendonitis or you may actually partially or completely rupture the tendon. The cause of injury to this tendon is overuse or a sudden increase in force on the tendon such as pushing off intensely or running hills. Achilles tendon injuries often occur when people who have been inactive for a long period of time start up an exercise program that is too intense for their level of conditioning. You can avoid aggravating the Achilles tendon by stretching and warming up properly before working out and also by gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your routine.
  2. Blisters—the most common cause of this minor but painful problem is improper footwear. Before beginning a new sport or exercise routine make sure that you have footwear that is designed specifically for the activity you are engaging in. Shoes should fit well with adequate room to wiggle your toes. Laces provide a better fit and the heel should be snug to avoid excess movement of the foot which can cause the friction that leads to blisters.
  3. Shin Splints—pain on either side of the bone in your lower leg is actually a result of muscle or tendon inflammation. Shin splints can be caused by a collapsing arch or a muscle imbalance in your leg. Stretching before and after exercise and corrective shoes or custom orthotics may provide relief from shin splints.

If you have recently started a new fitness routine and are experiencing foot pain our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help track down the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment so you can get back on track fast. Contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 10, 2018

January is a time for resolutions and at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we’d like our patients to think about improving the care and attention given to your feet. This resolution has a big payoff: enabling you to live a healthy and active lifestyle with little or no pain to your feet and ankles. Here are some suggestions to consider:

  • Make good shoe choices. Your footwear selection plays a huge role in the health of your feet. Get your feet professionally measured and by shoes that fit properly. Always wear shoes that are designed for the activity you are participating in. Look for styles with roomy toe boxes that don’t squeeze your toes and limit heel height to two inches. Replace your shoes when they are worn out.
  • Don’t go barefoot. This will greatly eliminate the risk of injury and fungal infection to your feet and toes.
  • Wash and inspect your feet daily. Check for changes in skin color, bruises, swelling, cuts, growths or anything else unusual about your feet. Many times patients are able to detect foot problems in their earliest and most treatable stages if they are in the habit of inspecting their feet regularly. This is particularly important for diabetic and other patients with immune disorders. Report any changes to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, as soon as you notice them.
  • Care for your toenails. Keep nails trimmed straight across. Do not cut them very short or with curved edges or you may encourage an ingrown toenail to form.
  • Let the professionals treat foot disorders. Do not attempt to take care of corns, calluses, warts, ingrown toenails or other seemingly minor foot problems on your own. “Bathroom surgeries” result in a high risk of infection and additional damage to your foot.

The highly trained staff in our Washington office is ready to assist you. If you have foot pain or another problem with a toe, foot or ankle, contact us by calling: (724) 225- 7410 and make an appointment to have your foot issue properly evaluated and treated.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: gout  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we find that there is usually no mistaking a case of gout: sudden onset of severe joint pain (strong enough to wake patients from a sound sleep) accompanied by redness, swelling and heat around the affected joint make it difficult to miss. Gout occurs in a joint when uric acid builds up there and then crystallizes. Most often it’s the big toe joint that is the site of a gout attack but it can occur in any joint in your foot or other parts of your body. The pain and swelling from gout can take anywhere from 3 to 10 days to subside. Once you’ve suffered an attack you’ll most definitely want to find ways to avoid another one in the future. Below are some do’s and don’ts for preventing gout:

Do: discuss current medical conditions with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, if you have had an attack of gout. Gout often accompanies other illnesses such as: high blood pressure, blood vessel diseases, diabetes, leukemia, thyroid disease and kidney disease. The foot doctor will also want to know if gout runs in your family since many times it is an inherited condition.

Don’t: fail to go over the list of medications you are currently taking with the podiatrist as well. Certain medications and some vitamins are also known to cause gout.

Do: eliminate or severely eliminate foods in your diet that are high in purines. These include: red meat, organ meats, shell fish, beer, red wine and other alcoholic beverages, sardines, orange juice, tomato sauce and caffeine.

Do: drink lots of water to help flush out your body and your kidneys.

Don’t: overeat—being overweight increases your risk of getting gout.

Don’t: try to walk on the affected foot during an attack if you have been diagnosed with gout. It’s best to rest your foot and elevate it at or slightly above the level of your heart. This will help reduce inflammation and swelling.

If you believe you are experiencing an attack of gout it’s important to contact our Washington office for an appointment. Left untreated, gout can lead to permanent joint damage. Contact us today by calling: (724) 225-7410.