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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   blisters   ingrown toenails  

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to exercise and get in better shape, walking may be the perfect activity for you. There are many advantages to walking:

  • Can be done anywhere, alone or with other people
  • It’s an aerobic exercise, which means it elevates your heart rate and helps both your heart and your lungs work more efficiently
  • Walking briskly can burn 100 calories per mile or about 300 calories an hour
  • Benefits the entire body by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, helping attain and maintain a healthy we​ight and reducing stress

Although walking regularly does have many benefits, at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we do see many foot complaints that are the result of walking programs, including: blisters, stress fractures, ingrown toenails, Achilles tendonitis and bunions.  There are a number of causes for these problems, many of which can be prevented by taking a few simple steps before you start:

  • Have your feet examined by our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The foot doctor can evaluate your gait, check for abnormal foot structure or toe deformities and make sure any previous injuries are fully healed.
  • Buy a good pair of walking shoes. It’s the only cost you’ll have for this sport but it’s important not to skimp on quality for your walking shoes. Get fitted at a professional sports footwear store. Look for sneakers made of lightweight, breathable materials. The heel should be snug but there should be wiggle room for your toes. Take your time and walk around the store in your shoes before purchasing. Shoes should feel comfortable right from the start.
  • Choose a sound walking program that starts out slowly and gradually increases in distance and intensity.
  • Always warm up and stretch before and after walking.

If you experience any pain once you start your walking program, stop. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Contact our Washington office for an appointment as soon as possible so you can get the issue resolved and get back on track with your fitness program.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 27, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking  

Walking can help your body in several important ways. At a brisk pace, you can burn about 300 calories an hour. It increases your heart rate and decreases your cholesterol and blood sugar. Walking can also reduce stress and anxiety. It’s your feet and ankles however that make this advantageous activity possible. Philip S. Pinsker wants you to maximize the health benefits of walking and minimize the risk to your feet.

Preventing Injuries

Remember that pain is your body’s way of saying that something is wrong, so don’t ignore it. When it comes to walking, pain can result from any of the following:

  • Improperly fitting footwear—shoes that are either not designed for walking or that don’t fit properly can cause everything from minor annoyances, such as blisters to major disabling medical problems like bunions, hammertoe, ankle sprains, or Achilles tendonitis.
  • Lack of conditioning—going too far, too fast, too soon, is one of the major causes of injuries associated with walking and running. Start slow and be sure to stretch before and after your walk.
  • Mechanical foot problems or abnormal gait—there may be a structural problem with your feet or ankles that will become aggravated by walking. It’s best before beginning a new walking regimen, to schedule an appointment with Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. for a complete physical exam to check for any foot deformities or other conditions that could be negatively impacted by an exercise program.

Choosing the Right Walking Shoes

The single biggest way to prevent foot problems from walking is to buy good walking shoes. Each person’s foot is different. You should be professionally fitted for your walking shoes. The foot doctor will also have recommendations based on the structure of your foot and how you walk. Here are some other tips for getting the best fit:

  • Shop for shoes late in the day when your feet are at their most swollen
  • Wear the same kind of socks to try on the shoes as you will be wearing when you are walking
  • Shoes should feel comfortable in the store—there’s no such thing as a “breaking in” period
  • Choose shoes designed specifically for walking and made of lightweight and breathable materials

If you have any questions about walking and your feet, contact our Washington office. We’ll help you step out in confidence.

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
November 20, 2013
Category: Arthritis
Tags: Walking   arthritis   Pain Relief  

Weekends in the fall are a great chance to leave work and the worries of the week behind. Get out, get active and try something new such as Geocaching! Did you meet up on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at the Mingo Creek Park in Finleyville, PA for “Cache Me if You Can”? It was fun recreational activity for the whole family. Use a handheld GPS device to search for treasures and win the prize at the final destination. Try it out and find your detective side!

With an activity like this one that has you walking all over creation, the fun can be dampened if you have pain, stiffness, swelling and difficulty walking. These symptoms in the foot are often a sign of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation has stated that almost half of those in their sixties and seventies live with arthritis pain in their feet, but even younger people experience symptoms as well.

If you live with arthritis foot pain, there are several actions you can take to reduce your discomfort. The first is to visit our office so Dr. Philip Pinsker can evaluate your feet and offer any suggestions or treatment options such as orthotics or physical therapy. Second involves your choice of footwear. Bad shoes that are uncomfortable and put pressure on certain areas of your feet will only cause your pain to worsen. Keep the joints in your feet stable with comfortable shoes that have good arch supports and cushioning. Third, keep your feet strong and flexible with simple stretching exercises. Focus on your Achilles tendon, the balls of your feet and your toes. Lastly, a nice foot massage and certain topical medications can soothe aching feet.

You don’t have to go at it alone either – contact our office in Washington, PA today if you are having trouble controlling symptoms from arthritis. We can offer several treatment options to get you back on your feet without pain. Call Dr. Philip Pinsker at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today.

By Dr. Phil Pinsker
March 19, 2013
Category: Running
Tags: Running   Walking   Shin Splints   Lower Leg Pain  

Is lower leg pain affecting your running?

If you love to exercise or are trying to be diligent a few months after a New Year’s resolution to get healthy, an injury can be so frustrating. Shin splints is a condition that can develop from being involved in activities that put repetitive stress on your legs such as walking and running.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the front of your lower legs, you most likely have shin splints. Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA treats athletes and sports enthusiasts on a regular basis. Common symptoms experienced with shin splints include shooting pain from your ankle to your knee, tenderness along the shinbone and swelling.

Shin splints can become worse or even develop into a stress fracture. To avoid this from happening, follow these ten tips:

·         Don’t ignore the pain

·         Rest your body and reduce activity level

·         Use ice to reduce inflammation

·         Tape up your shin to restrict muscle movement

·         Take over-the-counter medicines to reduce swelling and inflammation

·         Ask Dr. Pinsker about custom orthotics for extra foot support

·         Stay away from exercising on cement or unforgiving surfaces

·         Stay in shape while still resting with low impact exercises such as swimming

·         Avoid going up or down hills as that tends to aggravate shin splints

·         Always warm up and stretch before exercising to prevent future injury

Stay in the game by taking care of yourself. If your shin splints are persisting or keep recurring, come in and see Dr. Pinsker for help. He can check your footwear and foot health and diagnose the reason for the problem. Our podiatric office has many kinds of treatment options for all conditions of the foot and ankle. Make an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 or visit us at www.washingtonfootdoc.com