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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 Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 17, 2017
Category: Proper Foot Care
Tags: Fractures   osteoporosis  

May is National Osteoporosis month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM believe educating our patients about this disease that affects bones is extremely important because 25% of your body’s bones are in your feet! Osteoporosis is a disease where the body doesn’t produce enough bone or gets rid of too much bone or both. The end result is bone that is weak and brittle and fractures easily. The bones in your feet have the added stress of carrying the weight of your whole body. Below are some important facts about osteoporosis and how to help prevent it:

  • Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 50% of all women and 25% of men 50 and older will break a bone as a result of this disease.
  • Women lose up to 20% of their bone density in the first 5-7 years after menopause.
  • Osteoporosis does not have obvious symptoms—i.e., you can’t “feel” you bones getting weaker. For many patients breaking a bone is the way that osteoporosis is first diagnosed.
  • Factors that increase your risk of osteoporosis include: smoking, family history of the disease or broken bones over the age of 50, having a small, thin body type.
  • Certain medications and vitamins and also certain diseases can also cause osteoporosis.
  • You can take action to prevent osteoporosis: increasing calcium and vitamin D intake, getting regular exercise—both the weight bearing and the muscle strengthening types, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding dramatic weight loss programs and limiting alcohol intake.

You’re never too young or too old to take steps to strengthen your bones. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help you assess your personal risk for osteoporosis. He can tell you the amount of calcium required for your sex and age and also recommend tests, such as bone density if appropriate. To learn more, contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling:  (724) 225- 7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 15, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Fractures   flatfeet   foot surgery   heel spurs  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we know that no one looks forward to foot surgery. We are committed to using non-invasive treatment methods whenever possible. Sometimes, however, surgery is the best option for correcting foot problems and bringing lasting pain relief and may be recommended for bunions, flatfeet, fractures, deformities, Neuromas, heel spurs and other toe, foot and ankle conditions.

To avoid surprises at the time of foot surgery, it’s a good idea to go over the entire procedure from prep to recovery with your foot and ankle surgeon. Here are some questions to help guide you to the information you will need: 

Where will the foot surgery be performed? Many procedures can be done in the doctor’s office or at an outpatient surgical center.

What type of anesthesia will be used and how long will the surgery take to perform? For some surgeries a local anesthesia with or without a sedative may be sufficient, but others will require general anesthesia. You will most likely need someone to drive you home after the surgery. The length of time the surgery will take may determine whether that person waits for you or leaves you and comes back.

How long before I can put weight on my foot? The foot that is operated on will most likely have to be immobilized for some portion of time after surgery. The foot doctor will prescribe a protective device such as a splint, surgical shoes, cast or special bandages. Knowing how long before you can bear weight on your foot will help you plan for time off from work and other activities.

What post operative care will be needed? Will you need to elevate your foot, ice it or take medications? When will your post op appointment take place and will any stitches be removed at that time? You’ll also want to know if physical therapy or special exercises will be needed long term to speed and complete the healing process.

Getting answers to these questions will help take the mystery out of your foot surgery. If you have other questions, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be happy to answer them. Feel free to contact our Washington office at: (724) 225-7410 to have your concerns addressed. Our goal is for you to feel confident and comfortable with your surgical procedure.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: hammertoes   Bunions   Fractures   Ankle Sprains  

A pair of shoes that you’ve worn for a long time would have a lot to say about your feet if they could talk. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will often examine the shoes of patients because they can reveal important clues about the structure and mechanics of your feet. Below are some things the foot doctor can determine by checking the wear pattern of your shoes:

  • Wear on the outer sole indicates that your foot turns out.
  • A bulge or excessive wear on the side of the big toe can mean you have bunion or that your shoes are too tight in the toe box.
  • If the sole of the shoe under the ball of your foot is deteriorating your heel tendons may be too tight.
  • Uppers that have toe-shaped ridges most likely belong to a patient who has hammertoes or whose shoes are too small.
  • If the wear is greater on the inner sole it means that your foot pronates or turns inward.
  • A worn look on the top of the shoe over your toes is an indication that the front of the shoe is too low for the wearer.

Why Wear Patterns Matter

Rarely is the structure and movement of a foot perfect. Abnormalities in the way the foot moves, even slight ones, can have a negative impact on foot health. If your foot tends to overpronate (roll inward excessively) this can cause strain to the arch and knee trouble. The opposite tendency, underpronation, can increase the risk of stress fractures and ankle sprains. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we can make recommendations about athletic and other shoes to best suit your feet and prevent injury. In some cases custom orthotics may be helpful in correcting a structural foot issue. This will decrease pain and may help increase performance on the field or in a particular activity.

Before you throw away those old shoes and buy new ones, consult the foot doctor to see just what your shoes are saying about your feet. To learn more, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 11, 2017
Category: Foot Injuries

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we notice that there’s a correlation between season and the types of foot problems we see. Here are three injuries that are “trending” at this time of the year and how to avoid them:

Ankle Sprains—icy weather and slippery conditions provide ample opportunity for twisting your ankle. Ankle sprains are not only painful when they occur, they can lead to chronic ankle weakness and repeated sprains that can become quite debilitating. Although you can’t control the weather, here are a few ways to decrease your risk of slipping and spraining your ankle:

  • Wear shoes that are weather appropriate. If you know it’s going to be icy or slushy, wear boots or shoes with a textured tread for better gripping (you can always change into nicer shoes when you get where you’re going.)
  • Be mindful of your surroundings. Choose the best cleared routes into buildings and stores. Look for sidewalks that are salted and be particularly vigilant when temps are just on the border of freezing—that’s when it can get slick quickly.
  • Don’t carry multiple packages at once. Not only are you thrown off balance if you are carrying to much, it also blocks your vision and makes it difficult to see changes in pavement height or to judge distance accurately when you’re stepp
  • ing off a curve.

Fractures—falls can also result in fractures, so all the above tips apply. However, a fracture that is often overlooked is one that is the result of a twisting injury, such as an ankle sprain. That’s why it’s important if you do suffer an ankle sprain that you make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, for a full evaluation of the injury.

Achilles Tendonitis—this one doesn’t result so much from weather conditions but rather from New Year’s resolutions. Many patients try to start the New Year off right by starting and exercise program. One of the biggest mistakes, however, is to do too much too soon which can aggravate the Achilles tendon and lead to tendonitis or even a tear. Slow and steady wins the race.

If you have any foot complaints, contact our Washington office today at: (724) 225-7410.