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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 27, 2018
Category: Foot Pain

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM patients come to us for a number of disorders that are making their feet hurt, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis and ingrown toenails. Sometimes, however, the source of foot pain is less evident. That’s when our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, has to put on his Sherlock Holmes hat and do a little sleuthing. Some of the hidden reasons he finds for foot pain may surprise you.

Wrong shoe size—many patients continue to buy the same size shoe year after year. As you age, it is not unusual for your foot to get a little bigger, necessitating an increase by a half or even whole size in your footwear. Pregnancy can also result in foot growth that is permanent. It has been estimated that up to 90% of people may be wearing shoes that are too small for them.

Weight gain—it surprises patients to find out that just putting on a few extra pounds—not even enough for your doctor to comment on or your clothes to feel tighter—can make your feet hurt. That’s because when you walk, your feet bear the impact of 2-3 times your body weight and when you run, it’s 5 times the weight of your body.

Bought shoes at the wrong time—no, we don’t mean you missed the sale. If you shop first thing in the morning, your feet are at their smallest size. As the day goes on, feet swell. Shoes that felt fine when you put them on at the start of the day may be causing foot pain by the time you are leaving work. Make sure there is a half inch between your longest toe and the front of your shoe and that you can insert a finger between your heel and heel counter when purchasing shoes. And, shop at the end of the day whenever possible.

Too much time barefoot—your feet receive a substantial amount of impact just from everyday walking around. If you spend much of your time without shoes, your feet are not cushioned in any way. In addition, walking barefoot often cause feet to flatten which can result in pain to the arch and heel.

What’s important is that if you are experiencing foot pain you contact our Washington office (724-225- 7410) for an appointment sooner rather than later. Generally, the earlier on the podiatrist detects the cause of your pain the less invasive the treatment and the faster the healing.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 20, 2018

June is a good month for remembering the men in our lives! It’s the time for Father’s Day and also for Men’s Health Month. Research has shown that being a man may mean handling health problems differently and not always to the benefit of the patient. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to put it out there that men need to take the time to take care of the health of their feet (and the rest of the body). Below are some tips for men and the families that love them:

  • Talk about it. There is no shame in having a medical problem! And, most foot health problems will not magically go away without treatment. One study found that the primary reason men don’t want to go to the doctor is fear of getting bad news. Regular check-ups with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help identify foot problems before they become debilitating. Stay on schedule and don’t cancel appointments.
  • Get schooled. Learn to recognize the symptoms of a potential foot problem. Obviously, pain is never normal. Even if it is not constant or only occurs at a certain time of the day, discomfort that is regular and ongoing needs to be evaluated. Many diseases that affect the entire body, such as arthritis and diabetes, may first manifest in the lower extremities. Numbness, tingling or burning in the feet, changes in skin or toenails, rashes, bumps, bruises and cuts that seem slow to heal may all point to a developing medical problem. The sooner you seek treatment the better the outcome and the less invasive the treatment.
  • Skip the “strong man” act. Don’t play through the pain or tough it out if you believe you have injured your foot. This will only make it worse. Stop the sport or activity immediately and use the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) treatment to curb pain and swelling in the short term. Always get your feet checked before starting a new fitness or exercise program.
  • Don’t skimp on self-care. Using sunscreen, taking the time to wash, dry, moisturize or powder your feet are all important on a daily basis to prevent foot problems, such as skin cancer and fungal infections.

If you have questions about the health of male feet, don’t hesitate to contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410 for an appointment.   Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will take the time to listen to your concerns and thoroughly assess the health and well-being of your feet.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   arthritis   senior patients  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we treat patients of all ages. June is Older Americans Month and so we’d like to recognize our more senior patients and offer some tips for taking care of your feet as you age. Although it’s true that the risk for certain foot health issues (such as arthritis and osteoporosis) increases with age, it’s not inevitable that you will have foot or ankle problems as a senior citizen. With a little care and attention, you can help your feet continue to lead the way in an active lifestyle doing activities you love.

Listen Up

Did you know that your feet serve as a kind of “early warning system” for the rest of your body, particularly for older adults? In many cases, problems in your feet are the first indication of a systemic problem like diabetes, arthritis, nerve or circulatory disorder. For this reason, it’s important to check your feet regularly for changes and not to ignore symptoms. Pain is not a normal part of aging and should be addressed with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, promptly.

Spring for Good Shoes

If you do only one thing to protect the health of your feet as you age buying well-made shoes that fit properly would be it. Many foot and toe disorders can be prevented by wearing the right shoes. Have your feet professionally measured because shoe size can increase as you get older. In addition, talk to the foot doctor to see if there are any special shoe features recommended to accommodate any existing foot conditions. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device be sure it fits in the shoes you choose.

Get a Move On

Staying active has many benefits for your feet (and the rest of your body). It helps maintain good circulation and also keeps foot joints flexible, with a good range of motion. In addition, regular exercise can help you stay at an appropriate weight. Excess pounds mean extra stress on your feet, ankles and all of your lower extremities which can lead to pain and increased joint discomfort.

Be an active partner in your health as you age. If you have questions about a condition or treatment plan or just want to know what more you can be doing to protect the health of your feet, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.


By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 06, 2018
Category: Fungal Problems
Tags: Athlete's Foot   toenails  

Warm weather and bare feet mean we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM will be seeing an increase in the number of cases of athlete’s foot. Officially known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which is highly contagious. Initially, athlete’s foot may be more of an annoyance than a serious medical condition. Symptoms, which usually start between your toes and then progress to the soles of your feet, include: red, very itchy, possibly burning patches of skin that may flake and scale. If not treated, however, it can become more severe and persistent, causing blisters that ooze and opening the door for a secondary bacterial infection. Eventually, it can spread to toenails and other parts of your body. Below are some do’s and don’ts for avoiding this condition:

Do: wear flip-flops or sandal shoes whenever you are in a public place where others walk barefooted. This is particularly important in warm, moist environments like gyms, community pools, changing areas and locker rooms. Fungus thrives in these types of conditions.

Don’t: share shoes, socks, flip-flops, towels, nail clippers or any other items that have touched the foot of another person. If someone in your household has athlete’s foot you can even catch it from the sheets if you sleep in the same bed.

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes.

Do: apply an anti-fungal or talcum powder to your feet in the morning to help keep feet dry. If your feet feel damp, change your socks immediately.

Do: rotate your shoes. Try not to wear the same pair multiple days in a row. Give shoes a chance to air out.

Don’t: go to a nail salon for pedicures if the salon does not have a license from the state health or cosmetology department. The salon should look clean overall and foot baths and tools should be properly sanitized between clients.

If despite your best efforts you find an itchy rash on your feet, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will determine if the rash is being caused by athlete’s foot or another condition and then prescribe the treatment to bring you relief.