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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 20, 2016
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   foot pain   neuropathy  

Neuropathy or nerve damage is often associated with diabetes. Patients with neuropathy have difficulty perceiving sensations in their feet. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that winter brings particular concerns for these patients. As we start to get into the colder weather in southwestern PA we’d like our diabetic patients to keep these 3 foot care goals in mind:

 

Warm—one of the problems with neuropathy is that you don’t feel how your feet actually are.Obviously in the winter time that can be a big problem. You may want to consider wearing two pairs of socks. Even indoors your feet may be cold due to circulation issues, which are also a common side effect of diabetes, reducing blood flow to your feet. However, because of the difficulty of perceiving temperature accurately in your feet, you want to make sure that you don’t try to warm feet up by soaking in hot water or sleeping with an electric heating pad. These can both lead to serious burns.


Dry—the additional heat in our cars, homes, offices and stores at this time of the year can lead to another risky situation—feet that spend hours damp from perspiration shut up in dark shoes with little or no air circulation. This describes the perfect breeding ground for fungal infections. Change your socks when you know your feet are damp. At some point each day wash feet with a mild soap and warm water and dry completely—give extra attention to the spaces between your toes. Massage a rich moisturizer into your feet and heels to prevent dry skin and cracking.

Injury-Free—take care to wear appropriate footwear for slippery outdoor conditions to prevent falls. Inside, diabetic patients should wear slippers to protect feet from stepping on objects that could cause a cut. Check your feet to be sure no blisters or sores are forming from winter boots.

Diabetic foot care requires constant vigilance. Don’t put off your regularly scheduled podiatric appointments during the busy holiday season. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will help you keep your feet healthy all through the winter. If you are a diabetic patient and notice any changes in your feet contact our Washington office right away by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
July 21, 2014
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes   neuropathy   Charcot Foot  

Charcot Foot SymptomsSigns are everywhere and we see and follow them on a daily basis. A red light means to stop, the oil light in your care means a tune-up is due, squinting to see means a visit with the eye doctor is in order, and an off key indicates the piano needs to be tuned. Signs and symptoms in your feet mean something, too, and are worth checking out. This is especially important when you have diabetes and need to pay attention to signs of Charcot foot.

The reason we want you to pay close attention to your foot health when you have diabetes is that poor circulation and nerve damage (neuropathy) can make injuries and problems go unnoticed and turn serious quickly. Charcot foot often goes unrecognized, and then a patient has severe, sometimes debilitating complications. Know the signs and symptoms so you can maintain your foot health and avoid life-altering consequences.

The most prevalent sign you want to watch for is swelling of your foot. With Charcot foot, weakened bones due to poor circulation can fracture. Neuropathy can lead you to continue walking on broken bones without knowing it, further compounding the injury and causing more damage.  Swelling can happen without an obvious or known injury, but it is an indication that something is going on within the structure your foot. Redness is another symptom to look for in addition to the swelling, and they often occur simultaneously. Even with some nerve damage, you may also feel pain, and that is a sign that you need to have your foot examined at our office.

If you have diabetes and have any concerns at all about your foot health, or notice a new symptom happening, do not wait to seek treatment. Call Philip S. Pinsker, DPM in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
June 11, 2013
Category: Diabetes

If you have diabetes, your foot health can become compromised quickly so it is important to know how to check your feet and what to look for! Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA is highly dedicated to educating his patients with diabetes on how to take care of their feet. If you have diabetes, amputations are a realistic possibility if you are not proactive about your foot care.

What are the most important things to look for if I have diabetes?

The best thing you can do to start off is to check your feet every day. A common problem associated with diabetes is neuropathy, which results in nerve damage in your feet. A loss of sensation to pain, heat and cold can cause you to be unaware of an injury. Check your feet for the following:

Redness – this could be from irritation in your shoes and could mean a blister is in your future or that an infection is present.

Bruising – this could mean a blood flow problem or an injury site that needs attention.

Bald patches where hair is missing – this could mean your shoes are irritating your feet or that there is a blood flow problem.

Blisters any blister can become a huge problem for a diabetic and needs to be properly treated from the onset.

Break in the skin – a small fissure or crack in your skin could become infected or turn into a non-healing wound. Any tiny cut needs to be treated accordingly.

Peeling skin between your toes – this could be indicative of an infection.

Ingrown toenailsthis common toe problem can turn painful and infected and should be treated by a podiatrist.

Regular visits to a podiatrist are very important if you have diabetes. If you are in need of foot care or have concerns about your feet, please call Dr. Pinsker today. You can make an appointment by calling our podiatric office at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online