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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 09, 2017
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Heel pain   Ankle pain   skin cancer  

Sun, sand and sea are great antidotes to the daily grind, but at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC we’ve seen many a beach day end badly with foot pain or injury. Below are a few simple ways you can ensure more fun in the sun:

Avoid the Sting—most people know to clear out of the water if jellyfish are spotted, but did you know that ones that wash up on the beach can still sting you if you step on them? If this happens, remove tentacles (carefully, so you don’t get stung on your hands and fingers) and apply baking soda, meat tenderizer or vinegar to reduce pain and cut down on swelling.

Cut Your Risk—soft sand can be a minefield hiding broken glass, sea shells, bottle caps and other sharp objects. Avoid cuts and puncture wounds by wearing water shoes or other footwear on the beach. If you do get a cut, avoid going in the water because any bacteria in the ocean can enter the wound and cause an infection. Wearing shoes will also prevent burning your skin when you walk on hot sand or pavement.

Be a Good Sport—pack a pair of sneakers in your beach bag if extreme Frisbee, volleyball or other seaside sport will be part of your day’s fun. Quick movements in shifting sand can result in an ankle sprain or other injury. Playing on uneven surfaces can cause arch and heel pain too.

Save Your Skin—for some reason, when it comes to sunscreen, people don’t always bother to apply some on their feet. Be sure to coat the tops and bottoms of your feet (have you ever tried walking with sunburned soles?) and reapply after swimming. Not only will this prevent painful sunburn, but you’ll also  be protecting yourself from deadly melanomas and other skin cancers down the line.

Sometimes, despite all of our precautions, injuries and foot pain still happen. If after your beach day, you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, you twist an ankle or sustain another injury, make an appointment right away at our Washington, PA office. The sooner our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can examine and diagnose your foot problem, the sooner you’ll be ready for more summer fun!

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Summer time finds many people turning to flip flops as their go to shoe of choice. These shoes are easy to wear—just slip them on, and they allow your feet to breathe and feel cool. However, at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we end up treating many foot problems due to the wearing of these popular summer shoes. Although great for the pool or beach where they protect your feet from burns, cuts and fungal and bacterial infections, flip flops worn on a regular basis can result in serious foot damage. Here are some reasons not to wear them every day:

  1. Flip flops change how you walk—because you have to grip the front of the shoe with your toes to keep them on, flip flops can alter you gait and cause problems such as shin splints, Achilles tendon problems and back pain.
  2. Greater chance of tripping—due to the flimsy construction and lack of structure, patients are more likely to trip wearing flip flops. This can result in scraped toes and cuts as well as more serious issues like sprained ankles.
  3. Flip flops provide no arch support—walking flat footed all the time puts strain on the plantar fascia—the long band of tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot. This can result in heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
  4. Increased risk of toe deformities—the toe-gripping motion necessary to keep flip flops on puts your toes in a bent position. Repeatedly walking this way can start to have the same effect as wearing shoes that are too short in the toe box—toes begin to bend under and can result in the formation of a hammertoe.
  5. More stress fractures—because there is not shock absorbing padding and only a very thin rubber sole, the risk of stress fractures increases the longer you wear the flip flops.
  6. Flip flops leave your feet exposed—this means greater chance of sunburn, bug bites and poison ivy encounters.

If you are currently experiencing any foot, calf or heel pain or believe you may have injured your foot as a result of wearing flip flops, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225- 7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will examine your foot and prescribe the necessary treatment to relieve any foot pain you have.

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 30, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Your feet and ankles are one of the most common places in your entire body for aches and pains. Sadly, it has become common to ignore pain and allow it to persist without treatment. Avoiding treatment can only result in further damage.

However, in order to reduce pain and improve the health of your feet and ankles follow these helpful guidelines:

  • Increase blood circulation

    • Your feet can suffer from poor circulation because they are the farthest limb from your heart. You can increase blood flow through proper posture and daily exercise. Make sure to always stand and sit up straight. You should also conduct a series of exercises specific to your feet, ankles and toes.
  • Find the right fit in footwear

    • Wearing the correct size concerning the length, width and height of your feet is extremely important. But it is not the only aspect to consider in choosing the right footwear. You should look for shoes that are specific to your daily routine and your chosen physical activities.
  • Invest in custom molded orthotics

    • Foot pain can be directly related to the shape of your feet. Orthotics can offer your feet the support and cushioning they specifically need. Orthotics have also been proven to reduce your risk for obtaining a foot or ankle related injury while reducing pain caused by current ailments.

If you are currently experiencing severe pain in your feet or ankles, or would like to be fitted for custom molded orthotics, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
September 04, 2013
Category: Foot Injuries

Have you ever stepped off a curb the wrong way or landed funny on your foot during a sports match?  What did you do? New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle recently endured a setback from a sprained ankle, but will most likely be able to jump back in for the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept 8th, 2013. Whether you are a professional athlete or not, how you care for an ankle sprain will either set you up for success or for continuing problems.

Many end up hobbling around in pain, limping along while waiting for the pain and swelling to subside. A rolled ankle often heals well with rest, elevation, and some ice. Wrapping or taping your ankle is another treatment that could be exactly what your ankle needs to get back to full health.

You can easily wrap your ankle yourself at home if you have sustained an injury, or guide a friend or family member with the following steps. First, elevate your foot on a stool and ensure it is at a 90-degree angle. Starting under your big toe, wrap an ACE bandage twice around the ball of your foot and end on the top of your foot. Make sure to leave the tips of your toes exposed. Now bring the bandage across and under your arch and back to your toes in a figure eight pattern and repeat several times. Next move on to wrapping the bandage around the ankle and back under the arch several times, again in a figure eight pattern. Finish by wrapping just the ankle three times and secure with a clasp. The bandage or tape should not be too tight and will need to be redone if your toes look red or purple.

If you are having trouble, have no fear! Simply call foot specialist Dr. Phil Pinsker for full treatment of your ankle injury. Make an appointment today at our office in Washington, PA by calling (724) 225-7410. We can wrap you up and get you back on your feet!