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
October 25, 2017
Tags: corn   callus   athletes foot  

Here’s a scenario we see all too often at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM: a patient comes to see us with a serious foot infection or an injury that is so bad they can hardly walk into the office. Upon examination we find out that they have had the condition for a few weeks but weren’t sure if it was serious enough to call the foot doctor about!

Why the Wait?

Sometimes patients say that they wait because even though they have foot pain it comes and goes or they think it’s just “normal” for feet to hurt at the end of the day. Pain is not normal! It is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong and, in most cases, pain that is not treated will only get worse. Even if the pain you are experiencing is not consistent the foot doctor will know the questions to ask to help get to the bottom of it. Another reason patients delay contacting us is because they think a condition is too minor to bother the podiatrist about. Even common issues such as athlete’s foot or a corn or callus are worthy of the foot doctor’s attention. Often there is a bigger, underlying cause that needs to be treated. In the case of fungal infections, they can spread to other parts of the body and become infected if not controlled in their early stages.

What to Look For

At the end of the day, we’d rather you contact our Washington office (724-225-7410) if you have any concerns about your toes, feet or ankles. Below are some signs that it’s time to make the call:

  • Any pain—soreness, burning, stabbing, intermittent, aching—anywhere in your lower extremities
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your feet
  • Changes in your skin or toenails—discoloration, rashes, flaky, peeling
  • Blisters, warts or other growths on your feet
  • Differences in the appearance of your feet—swelling, bruising, toes that appear to be moving out of position
  • Joint stiffness or decreased range of motion
  • Signs of infection—call immediately if you see pus or discharge coming from a wound on your foot, especially if the area is hot to the touch, red and/or you have a fever