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

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Podiatrist - Washington
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Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 08, 2018
Category: Podiatric Medicine

Most patients know that podiatrists deal with feet but they may not be aware of just how specialized the field is. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want all our patients to take full advantage of the services we offer and to recognize the ways in which the podiatrist can improve the health of your feet and your entire body. Below are some questions and answers about podiatrists.

What kind of training do podiatrists receive?

A: The letters DPM following a physician’s name stand for “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.” Podiatrists will attend four years of undergraduate college, four years of medical school and two to three years of residency training. They are the only health care professionals whose training is completely devoted to the anatomy, systems, injuries, diseases and conditions relating to the toes, feet, ankles, and lower extremities. Podiatrists must take state and national exams in order to be licensed to practice podiatric medicine. In addition, podiatrists can also go on to receive additional training and experience in surgical management of diseases, traumas, deformities, and disorders of the feet and ankle and become board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

What types of situations require a podiatrist?

A: A podiatrist can treat a broad spectrum of foot and systemic conditions. Sports or other injuries, diseases that affect the feet, chronic pain and discomfort and biomechanical deformities are all part of the scope of care of a foot doctor. Athletes, men, and women whose careers require long hours on their feet, children and young adults with sports injuries or deformities and those who have been in a car or other accident may all turn to the podiatrist for relief and restoration of foot function. In addition, the podiatrist will work with other specialists to help best manage conditions such as diabetes and arthritis that affect the feet as well as the rest of the body.

Why visit the podiatrist instead of my family doctor?

A: With 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments, your feet are complex structures that require specialized care to enable you to do the most basic movements and tasks each day. In addition to treating foot disorders and diseases, the podiatrist can prescribe orthotic devices to correct foot dysfunction, administer basic nail and skin care and surgically repair and correct faulty foot function.

If you have a problem with your feet, get specialized, professional care by contacting our Washington office for an appointment at (724) 225- 7410. The training and experience of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, means your feet are in the best possible hands.