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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 27, 2016

No one wants to be a hypochondriac, running off to the doctor every time there’s a twinge of pain, but at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we would rather you err on the side of caution and not hesitate to call with your foot issues. Your foot is a complex part of your body with many bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons working together to support your entire body. When there’s pain or discomfort, it’s important to trace it to the source so that appropriate treatment can be given. In many cases, treatment is simple and non-invasive. In almost every case, treating a foot disorder in its earliest stages brings the best outcome. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker has over 30 years experience treating all kinds of toe, foot and ankle problems. Below are some triggers that should prompt you to make an appointment at our Washington office:

  • Pain. Pain signals that something is wrong in your foot—it is never “normal.” Most people come in to see the doctor if they have an acute injury to the foot but pain that comes and goes also needs attention. With many disorders the pain may not be that intense at the onset but will gradually worsen over time.

  • Lumps or bumps. These can be signs of a Neuroma (nerve inflammation), a benign or malignant tumor or a bone deformity, among other things. Even benign lumps will cause pain as they rub against your footwear and that can lead to an open sore and infection.

  • Changes in your nails. If your nail changes color, becomes thick or brittle or starts to get red and irritated, chances are there’s an issue that needs attention.  Fungal infections, ingrown toenails, and other nail disorders should be evaluated by the foot doctor.

  • Swelling or bruising. This can often be a symptom of a sprain or fracture. Stress fractures, hairline cracks in the surface of a bone, develop over time and it may not be obvious to you that they have occurred.

  • Skin conditions. Warts should be seen and treated by the podiatrist. They will not go away on their own and can spread. Redness, itchiness, peeling, cracks or blisters are other signs of skin issues and possibly even diseases. Changes in your skin can indicate psoriasis, athlete’s foot, or other infection.

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of examining your feet regularly. If you notice changes, contact us by calling (724) 225-7410 for prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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