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Posts for: April, 2018

Plantar fasciitis, a disorder many patients at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM suffer from, made the news a few weeks ago when Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said it was the reason he was sitting out a few games. In Bruce’s case, having a job that requires him to be on his feet for long periods of time makes him more prone to inflammation of the plantar fascia. When this long ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes is subject to repetitive stress, merely stretching it becomes irritating and stabbing pain and stiffness follow.

Finding the Root Cause

Although plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, there are other factors that increase the likelihood of this disorder developing. These include:

  • Being overweight or pregnant—added pounds put added stress on the ligaments in the feet. For pregnant women, another contributory cause is the release of hormones that relax the ligaments in your pelvis and the rest of your body, including your feet.
  • Faulty foot mechanics—patients who have overly high arches or flat feet are more likely to get plantar fasciitis because these abnormalities put stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Poor footwear choices—wearing shoes with little or no arch support and thin soles causes undue strain on the ligament and your heel. High heels also put stress on your heel.
  • Tight calf muscles—makes it more difficult to flex your foot
  • Age—patients between the ages of 40 and 60 are most likely to develop plantar fasciitis

In order to properly diagnose plantar fasciitis our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and assess if any of the above factors may be present. The foot doctor will also take your medical history and ask questions about the discomfort you are experiencing. In some cases, x-rays and other imaging studies may be ordered to rule out other possible causes of your heel pain.

If you are having pain in your heel, don’t put off getting it evaluated. Contact our Washington office for an appointment today by calling: (724) 225-7410. 


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 18, 2018
Category: Ingrown Toenails
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we are appalled by the podiatric havoc that can be wreaked by a relatively minor foot ailment: the ingrown toenail. This condition occurs when a corner of the nail (most often on the big toe) grows down and back into the skin surrounding the nail. This can cause the nail to become red, swollen and very tender to the touch. Below are some do’s and don’ts to observe with ingrown toenails and to prevent this common foot problem from becoming a major health threat.

Do: Soak your foot in warm, soapy water several times a day to soften the skin around the affected nail. This may make it possible for you to gently massage the nail out of the ingrown position.

Don’t: Cut a notch in the nail, shove a piece of cotton under the nail, repeatedly trim the border of the nail or try any other “folk remedy” to treat an ingrown nail. These forms of bathroom surgery cause injury and infections that are way worse than the initial problem! If a nail does not respond to soaking, make an appointment at our Washington office (724-225-7410) and let our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, take care of the nail. A simple in-office procedure can be done to remove part of the nail if necessary with much less discomfort than home remedies.

Do: Contact the doctor’s office right away if you notice pus or drainage of any fluid from the nail bed or there is a foul odor coming from the affected nail. These are all signs that an infection may have developed which will require antibiotics.

Don’t: wear shoes and socks that are too tight as this presses toes up against one another and encourages ingrown toenails.

Do: learn how to trim toenails properly and check them regularly. Nails should be cut straight across and not too short so that the skin around the nail does not easily cover the corner of the nail. Never clip or file the edges of the nail in a rounded shape. Improper trimming of the nails is the top cause of ingrown toenails.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 11, 2018

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM thought this would be a good time to help patients be more conscious of the health and well being of their feet by paying attention to them in the many different settings we find ourselves in regularly.

At Work—most of our day is spent doing some kind of work. Whether you are in an office, on a construction site, in a factory or taking care of a home and children, your shoe choice can cause or prevent foot problems. Make sure you wear protective footwear if your job requires it. For those on their feet all day, avoid high heels and narrow toe boxes that can encourage foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. And, no matter what your job, everyone needs shoes that fit properly and provide adequate arch support.

At Home—limit or eliminate the time you go barefoot to decrease the risk of cuts and puncture wounds. Make washing, drying, moisturizing and powdering your feet a daily habit and check your feet regularly for changes in size, color or shape, and any unusual bruising, bumps, rashes or moles.

At the Grocery Store—choose foods that are nutrient dense and low in calories and limit bad fats to help you get to or keep a healthy weight. Excess pounds mean an extra strain on your feet and ankles. If you suffer from inflammatory conditions such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, investigate foods known to reduce the body’s inflammatory response such as berries, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel and dark leafy greens.

On the Field/Track/Court—regular exercise is also a plus for your feet. It helps with weight control and overall fitness as well as improving flexibility and range of motion. Wear shoes designed specifically for the sport you do and always inspect surfaces for holes, debris or other obstacles that can cause a fall or ankle sprain.

On Vacation—good foot health doesn’t take time off! Follow the same care routine and health tips while away that you do at home. Use sunscreen, wear shower shoes or flip flops in public places and pack some moleskin to help ward off blisters.

In any situation, if you find yourself experiencing foot pain, make an appointment promptly at our Washington office (724-225 7410) so that our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 04, 2018
Category: Proper footwear

Have you checked your running shoes lately? Even shoes that are not showing obvious signs of wear and tear should be replaced every year or every 300-500 miles. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that many feet and ankle injuries to runners are due to having inappropriate or improperly fitted running shoes. Below are 6 tips to consider when purchasing a new pair of shoes:

  1. Fit existing foot conditions. If you have a foot disorder or deformity, such as bunions, flat feet or heel spurs, it is important that you choose a running shoe that will accommodate your condition. Have your feet and ankles evaluated by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, before you go to the shoe store. The foot doctor can make recommendations based on your individual foot for features that will increase comfort and decrease the risk of injury. In some cases, a custom orthotic device may be prescribed.
  2. Go with the pros. For serious runners, it’s best to go to a sports shoe specialty store and have your foot fitted by a professional who knows running shoes. Many stores will even have a treadmill for you to run on that can record and analyze your gait and pronation to aid in a more accurate fit.
  3. Shop prepared. Wear the type of sock you will use when running to try on the shoes. Bring any orthotics with you as well. It’s best to shop for shoes at the end of the day because that is when your feet tend to be at their largest.
  4. Check the toe box. Make sure there is ample room for toes to wiggle in the shoe. Avid runners whose shoes cramp the toes are more likely to end up with ingrown or bruised nails. In addition, the area that houses the ball of your foot should be somewhat flexible to allow for the natural movement of your foot when you land each step.
  5. Look for midsole cushioning and arch support. Appropriate shock absorption and cushioning in the center of the shoe can help ease the strain on your heels and ankles and help prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
  6. Take your time. Try on both shoes and spend ample time walking and even running in the store before you finalize your purchase. There should be no rubbing, tightness or discomfort from the moment you leave the store.

If you have specific questions about the right kind of running shoe for your feet or find that you are in pain after running, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.