I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 14, 2018
Category: Foot Health

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want all of our patients to take a total body approach to health care. A healthy heart is essential to the health of your feet (and all the rest of your body). One aspect of a healthy lifestyle that impacts your heart and your feet is getting enough sleep. Good sleep and the optimal amount of it (usually around 7 hours per night) has several benefits:

  • Faster metabolism and a greater desire to be active
  • Reduces levels of stress hormones in the body, lowering the risk of anxiety and depression
  • Improved focus and alertness
  • Increases immune response
  • Aids with weight loss
  • Allows foot and ankle muscles to rest and recover

 Below are some tips for getting a better night’s sleep:

Create an Evening Routine—establishing a set of steps that you complete each night before bed will signal your body to slow down and get ready for sleep. Start by turning off all electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, notepads and the television. Engage in a soothing activity such as a hot bath or shower, reading, praying or meditating. A cup of an herbal, sleepy type of tea may also help.

Exercise Regularly—adequate exercise helps regulate your heart rate and helps tire you. The American Heart Association recommends 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise at least three to four times a week. Don’t exercise right before bed, however, as that may rev up your system right when you’re trying to wind down.

Limit Caffeine Intake—excessive amounts of coffee or other caffeinated beverages can keep you up or interrupt your sleep later in the night. Try cutting off caffeine right after lunch or even earlier and see if that enhances your ability to fall and stay asleep.

If after a good night’s sleep you find that you have foot pain when you first get up in the morning make an appointment at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker,  will want to examine your feet and ankles to check for conditions such as plantar fasciitis which may manifest with this symptom.