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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
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
January 17, 2018

If you are like many people getting into better shape may have been on your list of New Year’s resolutions. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that in mid to late January we see an increase in a number of common injuries and disorders that are related to fitness and sports. Don’t let your resolution to get in shape get derailed by one of these problems:

  1. Achilles Injuries—the Achilles tendon is the long band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg between your calf and the top of your heel. In fact, it is the strongest tendon in your body and yet, it is also the frequently injured. You can aggravate your Achilles tendon and cause it to become inflamed resulting in Achilles tendonitis or you may actually partially or completely rupture the tendon. The cause of injury to this tendon is overuse or a sudden increase in force on the tendon such as pushing off intensely or running hills. Achilles tendon injuries often occur when people who have been inactive for a long period of time start up an exercise program that is too intense for their level of conditioning. You can avoid aggravating the Achilles tendon by stretching and warming up properly before working out and also by gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your routine.
  2. Blisters—the most common cause of this minor but painful problem is improper footwear. Before beginning a new sport or exercise routine make sure that you have footwear that is designed specifically for the activity you are engaging in. Shoes should fit well with adequate room to wiggle your toes. Laces provide a better fit and the heel should be snug to avoid excess movement of the foot which can cause the friction that leads to blisters.
  3. Shin Splints—pain on either side of the bone in your lower leg is actually a result of muscle or tendon inflammation. Shin splints can be caused by a collapsing arch or a muscle imbalance in your leg. Stretching before and after exercise and corrective shoes or custom orthotics may provide relief from shin splints.

If you have recently started a new fitness routine and are experiencing foot pain our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help track down the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment so you can get back on track fast. Contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we’re encouraging all of our patients to celebrate this special day by taking some time to appreciate all that your feet do for you. Without fully functioning, pain-free feet, daily activities, work and play would all be impossible. It’s not hard to take good care of your feet. Here are a few suggestions to implement daily, monthly and annually:

DAILY: 

  • Get in the habit of washing your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. Dry completely, especially between your toes to help prevent athlete’s foot.
  • Use a good quality moisturizer on your feet to prevent dry skin and cracked heels.
  • Keep feet dry by changing your socks as soon as you notice your feet are damp from perspiration. Use a foot powder if you tend to sweat profusely.
  • Put your feet up at the end of the day.
  • Get some exercise. This will help keep your feet in good shape and also help you maintain a healthy weight which will reduce stress and pressure on your feet.

MONTHLY: 

  • Give your feet a self-exam. Check for any unusual bumps, changes in shape or size, skin color and nail abnormalities. If you find anything out of the ordinary, be sure to report it to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, so it can be evaluated and treated if necessary.
  • Get or give yourself a pedicure to keep toenails in good shape. Remember that nails should be cut straight across and not too short to help prevent ingrown toenails from forming. 
  • Consider a foot massage to help improve or maintain good circulation.

ANNUALLY:

  • Check all your shoes for signs of wear. Shoes that have lost ankle or arch support can begin to cause foot pain. Loose stitching or fraying leather/fabric can rub and cause blisters. Discard shoes that are worn out. 
  • Have your foot professionally measured before buying new shoes. Foot size can change as we age.
  • Get a full podiatric check up to make sure your feet are in good health. The foot doctor can give you suggestions for proactively caring for your feet and also will be able to detect foot disorders in their earliest stages. Contact our Washington office to make your appointment by calling:  (724)225-7410.
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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 20, 2017
Category: foot care tips

Perhaps the number one tip for keeping your feet healthy that we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM can offer is to buy well-made, properly-fitting shoes. So often patients come to us with foot problems that could have been avoided by wearing the correct shoes for their feet.

You should always buy shoes that are appropriate for the activity for which you plan to use them. The shoes you wear to work are not necessarily the best for walking. When it comes to athletic footwear, if there is a sport or fitness activity that you spend a significant amount of time doing it’s worth buying shoes that are specifically designed for your sport. Running shoes, for example, are designed differently from basketball sneakers due the types of movement each activity requires of your foot and the areas that receive the most stress and pressure.

6 Tips for a Good Fit

  1. Start with a visit to our Washington office. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and determine if there are any pre-existing conditions or chronic foot disorders that can affect your shoe choice. Certain conditions, such as bunions or flat feet will require shoe designs to accommodate them. In addition, the foot doctor may prescribe an orthotic device to be worn inside your shoe to correct biomechanical issues. You should take the orthotic with you when you shop and use it when you try on shoes.
  2. Get your feet measured by a shoe professional. Most people have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. You should always buy shoes to fit the largest foot. 
  3. Leave plenty of room for your toes. There should be at least ½ an inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe. Avoid narrow toe boxes that squeeze toes together.
  4. Choose natural materials for shoes that are soft and pliable and also allow for good air circulation. This will help decrease the risk of athlete’s foot and fungal infections.
  5. Walk it out. Spend time walking around the store and don’t buy shoes that feel tight or painful in any spots. Shoes should fit well when you buy them.
  6. Check the insides. Run your hand around the inside of the shoe and feel for rough stitching or bumps in the material. These can lead to blisters when it gets warm and sweat increases the friction inside your shoe.

Last but not least, replace shoes when they get worn out. This will help prevent injuries like ankle sprains and protect. Good shoes will go a long way towards good foot health.