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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Safety
Tags: foot care  

The temperatures are finally on the rise and it’s time for that all important spring ritual: the first mow of the lawn. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we believe that even one mower injury is too many and according to the National Consumer Products Safety Commission there will be over 37,000 power mower related injuries before mowing season is through. So before you hop on your mower for the first time this spring, we’d like to offer a few safety reminders to protect your feet and toes:

  1. Never mow a wet lawn. Did you know that losing control and slipping on the grass after a rain is the number one cause of power mower injuries to feet?
  2. Keep children safe. Do not allow children to ride on your lap while mowing and establish a rule that children are not to come onto the lawn while the lawn mower is on.
  3. Always wear work boots or heavy shoes when mowing. Sneakers and flip flops are no match for mower blades and they also do not provide as much protection against slipping.
  4. Leave the clip bag attached at all times when using the mower. This will prevent sticks, small rocks and other debris from becoming projectile missiles which can strike other people in the vicinity.
  5. When mowing a slope, always go side to side and not up and down.
  6. Do not pull a running mower backwards.

If, despite your best efforts to prevent an injury, you do hurt a foot or toe in a mower accident, seek treatment immediately. Due to the dirtiness of the blade even minor cuts or lacerations can quickly become infected. Of course, for more serious injuries you’ll go straight to the emergency room, but be sure to follow up with an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, afterwards so he can check to see that the injury is healing properly and to determine if any follow up treatment or physical treatment is necessary. You can reach our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410. 

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 29, 2014
Category: Foot Care

If you have diabetes, are you making foot care a priority?

Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, proper foot care takes one of the top spots in the list of things you need to do for your health. Dr. Washington, PA foot specialist, Dr. Phil Pinsker, unfortunately sees how having diabetes can put feet in great danger and even susceptible to amputation.

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations. In 2006, there were about 65,000 amputations performed in people with diabetes. Preventative care is an essential part of diabetes care. Monitoring your feet for injuries big or small is extremely important.

When you are checking your feet, you want to keep an eye out for any sore that could potentially become a problem. Diabetes affects your circulation and your body’s ability to heal so a small problem can turn disastrous quickly. A small sore can turn into an ulcer, which could lead to amputation. Keep an eye out for the following:

Loss of feeling or neuropathy can make it easy for a small sore to hide and not be felt until it has become a serious concern. Look for sores and any changes to your skin on a daily basis. If you aren’t able to, have a family member help.

Dr. Pinsker can offer some easy and effective ways to prevent foot sores. Contact our podiatric office today for helpful tips or for diabetic foot care, call (724) 225-7410.

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
February 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Valentine's Day   foot care   Massage  

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to splurge and show some extra love and attention to those special people in your life. According to cnn.com there will be around $1.6 billion spent on candy and approximately 151 million cards exchanged on this special day. Since your feet won’t appreciate cards or chocolate, how are you going to show them some love?

That may sound like a strange question, but while your mind is on the topic of love, why not love your feet and give them the extra attention they deserve? Let’s face it, our feet are usually ignored and neglected, and sometimes the result is pain or injury. These tips will help bring life back to your tired feet, and include great ways to pamper them after a long day at work or with your girlfriends over Valentine’s Day.

First, let your feet soak for 10-20 minutes in warm foot bath with some Epsom salts or peppermint oil, which soothe feet and increase circulation. Try a homemade exfoliant of ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of raw sugar and two tablespoons of grape seed oil—use with a pumice stone to smooth away rough skin and calluses. With the mixture still on, wrap your feet in a warm, moist towel and wait 15 minutes before rinsing off. Rinse and towel dry your feet and then apply a nice moisturizer with peppermint before putting socks on for the night. This whole routine can be done often and your feet will love you back!

We are expert at caring for feet and are available if you have any questions or concerns about your foot health. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Phil Pinsker for an appointment. Call our Washington, PA podiatric office at (724) 225-7410 today.

 

By Dr. Phil Pinsker
January 21, 2014
Category: Lifestyle
Tags: foot care   Socks   Winter   General Health  

Winter this year has definitely provided outdoor enthusiasts plenty of snow to play in. If you aren’t into skiing, skating or sledding, have you ever thought of ice fishing? A frozen lake and a tool to carve a hole in the ice and you are good to go! Take a small road trip and head up to East Branch Lake in Elk State Park, PA to catch walleye, smallmouth bass and rainbow trout.

Ice fishing is no different than any other winter activity in the sense that you absolutely need to wear the best winter socks to protect your feet. You may think your boots are the only thing that matter but your socks are extremely important. A quality winter sock is invaluable when it comes to keeping your feet safe. A plain old cotton sock is actually a bad idea, as they hold moisture and have little insulation. This can lead to cold and frostbitten toes.

A sock made of wool, shearling, fleece or a synthetic material should be worn. They are typically thicker for greater insulation and wick moisture away from your feet. A thin sock liner inside this type of sock is the best way to keep your feet dry and warm. We have a few choices if you don’t know where to start looking. Check out Wigwam Canada Crew Socks, Bridgedale Endurance Trekker, Fox River Norwegian Crew Socks or pretty much any SmartWool sock.

At the end of the day, if your feet are having problems or foot pain is preventing you from enjoying sunny winter days, please contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. for diagnosis and treatment. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today.