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Posts for tag: calluses

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 11, 2018
Category: toe deformities
Tags: Orthotics   calluses   corns   hammertoe   x-ray  

Hammertoes are a common condition that we treat at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. It’s a sad day, however, when a patient comes in for a first visit with a hammertoe that is rigid in its bent condition and the only option available to the patient is surgery. We’d like patients to know that early treatment of a hammertoe is essential and that there are many conservative options available that can delay the progression of a hammertoe and even help correct it.

While it is true that hammertoes are a progressive condition and will not go away on their own, a rigid bent toe is not a hopeless inevitability. If you notice that you have a toe that is beginning to bend downward at one or both joints, make an appointment at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410 to learn more about this condition and what can be done.

Diagnosis and Care

Our podiatrist, Dr, Philip S. Pinsker, will start by examining your toe and getting a complete medical history. Hammertoes are most often caused by a muscle/tendon imbalance which can be hereditary. The foot doctor may want to manipulate your foot and observe how your toe contracts. In addition, an x-ray of the toe may be ordered which he will use to evaluate the current condition of the toe and also to monitor the future progression of the deformity. The podiatrist will also check for secondary conditions that are occurring as a result of the hammertoe such as corns and calluses.

There are multiple treatment options available for hammertoes and the foot doctor will determine the best course of action based on the degree of your deformity and other medical and lifestyle factors. Treatment will focus on relieving discomfort and repositioning the bent toe and may include:

Medication—corticosteroid injections into the toe and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen may be used to reduce inflammation and pain.

Padding—special pads can be used to cover corns and calluses and protect them from further friction and irritation.

Custom orthotics—a custom designed device that goes into your shoe may be utilized to help control the muscle/tendon imbalance.

Splints and straps—the foot doctor may use splints or straps on the affected toe in an attempt to realign it into proper position.

Changes in footwear—choosing shoe styles that do not force the toes into the front of the shoe can slow the progression of the deformity and bring great pain relief. Shoes with wide and roomy toe boxes and low heels are best.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 10, 2018

January is a time for resolutions and at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we’d like our patients to think about improving the care and attention given to your feet. This resolution has a big payoff: enabling you to live a healthy and active lifestyle with little or no pain to your feet and ankles. Here are some suggestions to consider:

  • Make good shoe choices. Your footwear selection plays a huge role in the health of your feet. Get your feet professionally measured and by shoes that fit properly. Always wear shoes that are designed for the activity you are participating in. Look for styles with roomy toe boxes that don’t squeeze your toes and limit heel height to two inches. Replace your shoes when they are worn out.
  • Don’t go barefoot. This will greatly eliminate the risk of injury and fungal infection to your feet and toes.
  • Wash and inspect your feet daily. Check for changes in skin color, bruises, swelling, cuts, growths or anything else unusual about your feet. Many times patients are able to detect foot problems in their earliest and most treatable stages if they are in the habit of inspecting their feet regularly. This is particularly important for diabetic and other patients with immune disorders. Report any changes to our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, as soon as you notice them.
  • Care for your toenails. Keep nails trimmed straight across. Do not cut them very short or with curved edges or you may encourage an ingrown toenail to form.
  • Let the professionals treat foot disorders. Do not attempt to take care of corns, calluses, warts, ingrown toenails or other seemingly minor foot problems on your own. “Bathroom surgeries” result in a high risk of infection and additional damage to your foot.

The highly trained staff in our Washington office is ready to assist you. If you have foot pain or another problem with a toe, foot or ankle, contact us by calling: (724) 225- 7410 and make an appointment to have your foot issue properly evaluated and treated.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 05, 2017
Tags: arthritis   Orthotics   Bunions   calluses   corns  

Although bunions are a common condition that patients bring to us at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, they are one for which many misconceptions exist. Below are some questions about bunions that we hear most frequently:

Q: It looks like a big, ugly bump popping out of my big toe but what exactly is a bunion?

A: A bunion is actually a bone deformity that occurs when the first joint at the base of the big toe moves out of place and starts moving towards the second toe. This inward leaning causes the joint to jut out and form the bump that is visible on your foot.

Q: What causes bunions?

A: Poor foot mechanics, which are usually hereditary, are the cause of bunions. An imbalance in the way weight is distributed over your foot causes the joint to become unstable and move. However, even though foot structure may be the root cause there are several factors that can cause the bunion to actually develop and worsen. These include:

  • Injury
  • Wearing shoes with high heels and pointy toes
  • Arthritis

Q: If I have a bunion is there a chance it will disappear on its own?

A: No! Bunions are a progressive condition that will only get worse. The more the toe moves out of place the greater the pressure that will be exerted on it by your shoes. This will make walking increasingly painful and you’re likely to develop corns and calluses on the toe as well.

Q: I don’t want to have surgery—are there any other treatments available?

A: Actually, there’s quite a bit you can do for a bunion to help slow its progression and reduce pain to your foot. First, choose shoes that have roomy toe boxes and are made of soft, flexible materials. Avoid high heels and pointy toe boxes that squeeze the toes uncomfortably together. In some cases an orthotic device for your shoe will help correct foot position and relieve the pressure on the joint.

The key to success of these non-surgical options is catching a bunion it its early stages. If you notice a small bump forming, don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Washington office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The foot doctor will evaluate your bunion and prescribe the best treatment to ensure maximum comfort and health for your foot.



By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Orthotics   hammertoes   calluses   corns  

Many times at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we see patients with hammertoes who have waited (and suffered) a long time before coming to us because they feared surgery. Ironically, the best way to avoid surgery for a hammertoe is to come to the foot doctor as soon as you first notice the tendency of your second, third or fourth toe to bend downward into the namesake shape of a hammer. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will start by examining your toe and foot and most likely getting an x-ray of the toe. Then an appropriate treatment plan can be created. There are several non-invasive ways to treat hammertoe including:

Medications—if the hammertoe is causing a good deal of pain, the podiatrist may recommend oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation. Corticosteroid injections are another medication option for bringing pain relief.

Footwear Modifications—your choice of shoes can greatly aggravate or ease the pressure on a hammertoe. You will want to avoid high heels and shoes with narrow and short toe boxes that force the deformed toe up against the front of the shoe. Shoes made of soft material with a roomy toe box will be more comfortable and will lessen the irritation to the affected toe.

Padding—if corns or calluses have formed as a result of the hammertoe the foot doctor can prescribe pads to protect these areas on the toe and foot from further pressure and friction.

Splinting/strapping—the foot doctor may use splints or straps to realign the toe.

Orthotic devices—since the primary cause of hammertoe is a muscle/tendon imbalance that can be caused by a structural problem in the foot the podiatrist may suggest an orthotic device to be worn in your shoes to help control the imbalance.

What’s important to note is that hammertoe will not go away without treatment. Although it may progress slowly and not cause discomfort initially it will eventually progress to the point where the toe is rigid and surgery is the only option. If you believe you have a hammertoe or the beginnings of one, contact our Washington office for an appointment at your earliest convenience by calling: (724) 225-7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 29, 2017
Category: Diabetic Feet
Tags: Ulcers   calluses   immune system  

One of the biggest medical threats patient with diabetes and other conditions that impair the circulatory and immune systems face is ulcers. Even minor sores and wounds can be difficult and slow to heal. Nearly 85% of lower extremity amputations are the result of a wound or ulcer. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we are committed to not just treating ulcers aggressively but in helping patients spot telltale signs to help stop ulcers before they start. Here’s what to look for: 

  • Changes in temperature—if an area on your foot starts to feel warm it may be a sign of infection. If the skin begins to feel cold it may indicate a circulation problem.
  • Skin discoloration—redness or other discoloration of the skin often precedes an ulcer.
  • Swelling—as part of your daily inspection of your feet and ankles look for an area that looks engorged or puffy. Compare one foot and ankle to the other to see if one appears larger than the other.
  • Callus changes—a callus is already an indication of excessive pressure being put on a particular area of the foot. If you notice dark spots forming in the callused area or the entire callus seems to be changing colors this could be a sign of an ulcer forming in this area of the foot.

Head Off Potential Problems

In many instances ulcers can be prevented. In addition to doing a self examination of your feet as part of your daily health care regimen, there are a number of ways patients can avoid the friction that often leads to a wound. Always wear properly fitting shoes and socks that have no holes or seams. Have deformities such as hammertoes and bunions examined and treated by our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Finally, always err on the side of caution: if you feel even minor discomfort or notice a change in your foot, ankle or toe, contact our Washington office as soon as possible by calling: (724) 225- 7410.