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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 27, 2016

No one wants to be a hypochondriac, running off to the doctor every time there’s a twinge of pain, but at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we would rather you err on the side of caution and not hesitate to call with your foot issues. Your foot is a complex part of your body with many bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons working together to support your entire body. When there’s pain or discomfort, it’s important to trace it to the source so that appropriate treatment can be given. In many cases, treatment is simple and non-invasive. In almost every case, treating a foot disorder in its earliest stages brings the best outcome. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker has over 30 years experience treating all kinds of toe, foot and ankle problems. Below are some triggers that should prompt you to make an appointment at our Washington office:

  • Pain. Pain signals that something is wrong in your foot—it is never “normal.” Most people come in to see the doctor if they have an acute injury to the foot but pain that comes and goes also needs attention. With many disorders the pain may not be that intense at the onset but will gradually worsen over time.

  • Lumps or bumps. These can be signs of a Neuroma (nerve inflammation), a benign or malignant tumor or a bone deformity, among other things. Even benign lumps will cause pain as they rub against your footwear and that can lead to an open sore and infection.

  • Changes in your nails. If your nail changes color, becomes thick or brittle or starts to get red and irritated, chances are there’s an issue that needs attention.  Fungal infections, ingrown toenails, and other nail disorders should be evaluated by the foot doctor.

  • Swelling or bruising. This can often be a symptom of a sprain or fracture. Stress fractures, hairline cracks in the surface of a bone, develop over time and it may not be obvious to you that they have occurred.

  • Skin conditions. Warts should be seen and treated by the podiatrist. They will not go away on their own and can spread. Redness, itchiness, peeling, cracks or blisters are other signs of skin issues and possibly even diseases. Changes in your skin can indicate psoriasis, athlete’s foot, or other infection.

It’s a good idea to get in the habit of examining your feet regularly. If you notice changes, contact us by calling (724) 225-7410 for prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 22, 2015

Despite its mild start, we know it’s only a matter of time before the frosty temperatures hit our Southwestern, PA communities. Philip S. Pinsker wants you to know that cold weather can mean increased problems for your feet. Follow these tips for keeping feet healthy this winter:

Choose Good Boots—many patients wonder why their feet hurt more in the colder weather. Oftentimes, boots with poor arch support are to blame. When temps drop and snow flies, we wear our boots more often and if your boots lack arch support they can leave your feet achy at the end of the day.

Watch Your Step—icy pavement can increase risk for falls and ankle sprains. Avoid carrying so many packages that you are unable to see where you are putting your feet. Wear weather appropriate shoes with good ankle support—especially if you have weak ankles that are prone to twisting. (Carry your fancy holiday heels and change when you get where you are going!)

Change Socks frequently—believe it or not, the incidence of bacterial and fungal infections are surprisingly high in the wintertime. We tend to think of them as a summer hazard because they are spread by direct contact and we spend more time barefoot in warm weather months. However, indoor areas such as gym locker rooms and showers, and nail salons can be places where feet are exposed to bacteria and then warm socks and shoes provide the perfect incubator for the infection to grow and thrive. Overheated malls and offices can lead to feet sweating and the kind of moist environment fungi and bacteria love.

Put Your Feet Up—many existing conditions from Neuromas to arthritis to plantar fasciitis are all made worse by being on your feet for prolonged periods of time. With holiday shopping, cooking, and socializing it’s easy to overdo it. Make sure you allow times of rest and elevate your feet up if you already have a podiatric condition.

Not surprisingly, minor foot irritations become major problems at this time of the year. If you start experiencing pain, swelling, inflammation, or other changes in your feet, schedule a consultation with our board certified podiatrist, Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. Most foot conditions are more easily treated in their early stages. After work appointments are available in our Washington office. Request an appointment online or call us at (724) 225-7410.