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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 01, 2018
Category: foot care tips
Tags: Shoes   Athlete's Foot   warts   blisters   Fungal Infections   edema  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we hope all of our patients will get to enjoy a vacation this summer. Although your feet may not be your first thought when planning what to pack, we’d like to offer a few suggestions of items for your suitcase which will help ensure that your travel plans are not derailed by an injury or foot pain.

A Selection of Shoes—even if you’re trying to pack light you should have more than one pair of shoes with you. It’s best to alternate shoes so they have a chance to dry and air out after being worn and also to avoid blisters. A broken in pair of comfortable walking shoes with good support will serve you well on hectic travel days and shopping or sightseeing excursions. It’s best to sacrifice fashion for function on vacation and not wear shoes with high heels or brand-new shoes for long days where you are unable to change if shoes start to hurt.

Moleskin/bandages—to apply to prevent a sore spot from turning into a blister.

Extra Socks—unless you’re traveling to a cold climate this summer, chances are sweaty feet will be on your itinerary. Keeping feet dry is essential to help avoid fungal infections and foul foot odor. Change your socks when you notice they are damp. You can also pack a roll-on antiperspirant or foot powder to help reduce perspiration.

Water Bottle—swollen feet and ankles can definitely slow your pace. While it may seem that the opposite would be true, drinking more water helps your body eliminate excess fluid and can prevent painful edema.

Sunscreen—this will probably already be in your bag so consider this a reminder to apply it to your feet with the same frequency as you do the rest of your body. If you are wearing sandals or other open shoes and will be outside all day in the sun, put sunscreen on the tops of your feet before setting out.

Flip-flops/water shoes—if your vacation includes a pool, lake or ocean, be sure to wear some kind of covering on your feet. This will protect your feet from cuts and puncture wounds and also from coming in contact with fungi and bacteria that can cause conditions such as warts and athlete’s foot.

If you come back from your vacation with an unwanted souvenir—foot or ankle pain—contact our Washington office (724-225 7410) for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will diagnose the problem and help you get relief quickly.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 06, 2018
Category: Fungal Problems
Tags: Athlete's Foot   toenails  

Warm weather and bare feet mean we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM will be seeing an increase in the number of cases of athlete’s foot. Officially known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which is highly contagious. Initially, athlete’s foot may be more of an annoyance than a serious medical condition. Symptoms, which usually start between your toes and then progress to the soles of your feet, include: red, very itchy, possibly burning patches of skin that may flake and scale. If not treated, however, it can become more severe and persistent, causing blisters that ooze and opening the door for a secondary bacterial infection. Eventually, it can spread to toenails and other parts of your body. Below are some do’s and don’ts for avoiding this condition:

Do: wear flip-flops or sandal shoes whenever you are in a public place where others walk barefooted. This is particularly important in warm, moist environments like gyms, community pools, changing areas and locker rooms. Fungus thrives in these types of conditions.

Don’t: share shoes, socks, flip-flops, towels, nail clippers or any other items that have touched the foot of another person. If someone in your household has athlete’s foot you can even catch it from the sheets if you sleep in the same bed.

Do: wash your feet every day with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes.

Do: apply an anti-fungal or talcum powder to your feet in the morning to help keep feet dry. If your feet feel damp, change your socks immediately.

Do: rotate your shoes. Try not to wear the same pair multiple days in a row. Give shoes a chance to air out.

Don’t: go to a nail salon for pedicures if the salon does not have a license from the state health or cosmetology department. The salon should look clean overall and foot baths and tools should be properly sanitized between clients.

If despite your best efforts you find an itchy rash on your feet, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will determine if the rash is being caused by athlete’s foot or another condition and then prescribe the treatment to bring you relief.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 09, 2018

As the weather gets warmer here in Washington and patients begin to trade heavy socks and boots for sandals and open-toed shoes, you may find that it’s the first time in a while that you have really looked at your feet. Now is a good time to examine your feet and see if there are any issues that need to be taken care of. Below are some of the more common issues patients bring to Philip S. Pinsker, DPM:

“I’ve got this strange spot between my toes.” When you think of skin cancer your feet may not be the first place you think of, but it is equally able to develop there as on other parts of your body. If you have a freckle or mole that you never saw before or that has changed in size, shape or color since the last time you looked it, bring it to the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Another possible cause of something odd between your toes is athlete’s foot which is caused by exposure to a fungus and first shows up between the toes.

“There’s a bump on the side of my little toe.” Most people are familiar with bunions, which are characterized by a protruding bump on the outside of the big toe. It is also possible to have the same issue on your little toe and then it is called a bunionette or Tailor’s bunion. The cause is the same—a biomechanical problem that causes the joint of the toe to move out of place. The foot doctor has several avenues of treatment available for bunions and Tailor’s bunions and the sooner treatment begins the better.

“I have a toenail that looks terrible—it’s discolored and all crumbly at the edges.” In most cases, this is the sign of a fungal toenail infection. If you had a case of athlete’s foot that went untreated for a while it may have spread to your toenail causing the fungal infection. This type of disorder is also spread by direct contact and can be picked up at a gym or nail salon.

If you have any of the above scenarios or you have noticed anything else unusual about the shape or appearance of your toes, feet or ankles, make an appointment with us by calling: (724) 225- 7410 and get your feet sandal-ready in time for summer.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 21, 2018
Category: Foot Health

It’s about this time of the year that we at Paul S. Pinsker, DPM find that many of our patients are planning to escape the wintry weather and head off on a vacation to a tropical destination. In order to ensure that your vacation is a relaxing getaway and not painfully sidelined by foot or ankle problems we’d like to suggest you add the following items to your pack list:

Appropriate shoes—think through what activities you may do on your trip. If there’s a chance that you are going to do something more active than lay by the pool or ocean, make sure you pack a pair of shoes that will support your feet properly. Walking tours in flip-flops or trying to play tennis in sandals puts you on the fast track for an ankle sprain or other foot injuries.

Sunscreen—most likely this is already on your pack list but take this as a reminder to actually put in on your feet. If you will be spending the afternoon with your feet up in a lounge chair apply to the bottoms of your feet as well. While you’re putting it on, check your feet for any unusual moles or freckles. Your feet require the same protection and checking as the skin on the rest of your body for skin cancer. (Report anything unusual or changes in existing freckles to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker.)

Flip flops—okay, this is one of the few times you’ll find us recommending this type of footwear but when you are at the beach or public pool flip-flops keep your feet from coming in contact with surfaces where others have walked barefoot. This will protect you from athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, warts and other viral and bacterial infections. On the beach flip flops can prevent cuts from sharp rocks, bottle caps and stings from jellyfish that have washed up on the shore.

First aid kit—no one plans to get hurt but it’s always best to be prepared. Pack first aid ointment and bandages for minor cuts and also moleskin to cover sore spots on feet and prevent blisters. Open wounds are an entry point for infection so avoid going in the pool with uncovered cuts.

If you have questions before your trip regarding a chronic foot problem don’t hesitate to contact our office at: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 01, 2017
Tags: Athlete's Foot   fungus   infection  

As the weather gets colder several factors come into play which increases the likelihood of contracting a fungal, bacterial or viral foot infection. All of these infectious agents thrive in warm, dark, moist places. Closed in shoes, heavier socks and indoor heat all help create a perfect environment for growth. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we’d like to offer the following tips to help prevent foot infections:

  • Keep your feet covered in public places. Cooler weather often causes people to relocate their exercise and fitness routines indoors to public gyms or swimming pools. Most infections are spread by direct contact so walking in places where other people walk barefoot is a prime way to pick up a foot infection. Use flip flops or showers shoes.
  • Wash feet daily with soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes because this is where athlete’s foot most often begins.
  • Don’t share items that touch other people’s feet: this includes towels, nail clippers, shoes, socks, washcloths and nail brushes.
  • Keep feet dry. This may mean that you have to change your socks more than once a day if you tend to sweat profusely. You might also consider applying a foot powder in the morning before you put your socks on.
  • Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Alternate footwear and allow your shoes a chance to air out between uses.
  • Choose shoes and socks made of natural, breathable materials that allow air to circulate around your feet.

Signs of an infection in your feet or nails can include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Flaking or dry skin
  • Oozing or blisters
  • Discoloration
  • Crumbling of nail edges
  • Spots or ridges in nails

Don’t delay in contacting our Washington office (724 225-7410) if you think you may have a foot or toenail infection. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will evaluate your feet and determine the type and cause of the infection. The correct treatment can then be prescribed to eliminate the infection and prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body.