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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 20, 2018

June is a good month for remembering the men in our lives! It’s the time for Father’s Day and also for Men’s Health Month. Research has shown that being a man may mean handling health problems differently and not always to the benefit of the patient. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to put it out there that men need to take the time to take care of the health of their feet (and the rest of the body). Below are some tips for men and the families that love them:

  • Talk about it. There is no shame in having a medical problem! And, most foot health problems will not magically go away without treatment. One study found that the primary reason men don’t want to go to the doctor is fear of getting bad news. Regular check-ups with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help identify foot problems before they become debilitating. Stay on schedule and don’t cancel appointments.
  • Get schooled. Learn to recognize the symptoms of a potential foot problem. Obviously, pain is never normal. Even if it is not constant or only occurs at a certain time of the day, discomfort that is regular and ongoing needs to be evaluated. Many diseases that affect the entire body, such as arthritis and diabetes, may first manifest in the lower extremities. Numbness, tingling or burning in the feet, changes in skin or toenails, rashes, bumps, bruises and cuts that seem slow to heal may all point to a developing medical problem. The sooner you seek treatment the better the outcome and the less invasive the treatment.
  • Skip the “strong man” act. Don’t play through the pain or tough it out if you believe you have injured your foot. This will only make it worse. Stop the sport or activity immediately and use the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) treatment to curb pain and swelling in the short term. Always get your feet checked before starting a new fitness or exercise program.
  • Don’t skimp on self-care. Using sunscreen, taking the time to wash, dry, moisturize or powder your feet are all important on a daily basis to prevent foot problems, such as skin cancer and fungal infections.

If you have questions about the health of male feet, don’t hesitate to contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410 for an appointment.   Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will take the time to listen to your concerns and thoroughly assess the health and well-being of your feet.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   arthritis   senior patients  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we treat patients of all ages. June is Older Americans Month and so we’d like to recognize our more senior patients and offer some tips for taking care of your feet as you age. Although it’s true that the risk for certain foot health issues (such as arthritis and osteoporosis) increases with age, it’s not inevitable that you will have foot or ankle problems as a senior citizen. With a little care and attention, you can help your feet continue to lead the way in an active lifestyle doing activities you love.

Listen Up

Did you know that your feet serve as a kind of “early warning system” for the rest of your body, particularly for older adults? In many cases, problems in your feet are the first indication of a systemic problem like diabetes, arthritis, nerve or circulatory disorder. For this reason, it’s important to check your feet regularly for changes and not to ignore symptoms. Pain is not a normal part of aging and should be addressed with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, promptly.

Spring for Good Shoes

If you do only one thing to protect the health of your feet as you age buying well-made shoes that fit properly would be it. Many foot and toe disorders can be prevented by wearing the right shoes. Have your feet professionally measured because shoe size can increase as you get older. In addition, talk to the foot doctor to see if there are any special shoe features recommended to accommodate any existing foot conditions. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device be sure it fits in the shoes you choose.

Get a Move On

Staying active has many benefits for your feet (and the rest of your body). It helps maintain good circulation and also keeps foot joints flexible, with a good range of motion. In addition, regular exercise can help you stay at an appropriate weight. Excess pounds mean extra stress on your feet, ankles and all of your lower extremities which can lead to pain and increased joint discomfort.

Be an active partner in your health as you age. If you have questions about a condition or treatment plan or just want to know what more you can be doing to protect the health of your feet, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 06, 2018
Category: Nutrition

What does food have to do with your feet? Plenty! March is National Nutrition Month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM want to help patients understand the importance of diet and nutrition in the health of your feet.

Weighing Out the Options—your weight is directly connected to the health of your feet. Patients that are carrying excess pounds increase their risk and worsen the symptoms of many foot disorders including, plantar fasciitis and sesamoiditis. In addition to eating a well-balanced diet, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips for handling cravings for those less-than-healthy snacks:

  • Be sure that you plan nutrient dense, healthy snacks to have between meals. This will help you avoid becoming overly hungry and less likely to experience cravings.
  • Keep a journal and record times when you most experience cravings so that you can develop a plan to combat them.
  • Distract yourself with a phone call, brisk walk or another activity that you find enjoyable when a craving hits.

Using Food to Fight Inflammation—another way that your diet can help or hurt the health of your feet is in dealing with inflammation, a symptom of many foot problems like arthritis and Achilles tendonitis. Certain foods can cause inflammation to flare up and others can actually reduce the inflammatory response. Foods to avoid include fried foods, processed snacks, refined flours and white sugar. Foods to eat more of are berries, leafy green vegetables, fatty fish and whole grains.

Building a Healthy Lifestyle—maintaining an appropriate weight will increase your ability to be active which in turn promotes good circulation and keeps muscles, joints and tendons functioning smoothly—all of which contributes to good foot health. Your food choices can also help reduce your risk and the symptoms of many diseases which affect your feet (and the rest of your body) such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer.

Talk to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, to find out the impact your diet may have on any chronic foot conditions you may have. To schedule an appointment at our Washington office, call: (724) 225- 7410.

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.

 

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 30, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetes   Raynaud's   fissures  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that each season has its unique foot care concerns and winter is no exception. As the first blasts of cold weather push their way into Southwestern PA we want to remind our patients to be on the lookout for a few podiatric conditions:

Cold feet—this one may seem kind of obvious but continually cold feet that don’t warm up in a normal period of time once inside can indicate a medical condition. At this time of year these types of disorders can be harder to notice since it’s natural to have cold feet. Most often perpetually cold feet indicate a circulatory or blood flow issue. Peripheral vascular disease and diabetes are two major contenders in this arena. Other medical conditions that may have cold feet as a symptom include: chillblains, fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and hormonal conditions like hypothyroidism. In some cases your feet are a “first alert” to these diseases and that’s why an ongoing cold feet problem should be checked by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, to determine the cause.

Raynaud’s phenomenon—this disorder can stand alone or be part of a greater systemic autoimmune problem. Patients with Raynaud’s experience spasms in the blood vessels in response to exposure to cold. These cause the toes (and fingers) to turn bluish white and then red before warming up and returning to normal which can take up to 20 minutes. If you have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s you’ll want keep feet and fingers covered with extra layers and limit your time out in the cold.

Xerosis and heel fissures—another common issue in winter months is extremely dry skin (also known as Xerosis). When the temperature drops the heat goes on and this increases the challenge of keeping skin moisturized and hydrated. It’s important to stay ahead of dry skin by drinking plenty of water and applying a rich, emollient moisturizer daily. In worst cases skin can become flaky, itchy and cracks or fissures can develop. These can be painful and also a gateway for infection-causing bacteria to enter the body.

If the cold weather is having an adverse affect on your feet contact our Washington office for an appointment today by calling: (724) 225- 7410.