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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 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
June 22, 2017
Tags: warts   common wart   plantar wart   virus  

Usually when we hear someone say this, it’s a good-natured comment meaning that we accept someone as they are, including all their flaws. But when it comes to your feet, we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM find that patients are not so accepting of warts and would rather be rid of them as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, warts are stubborn. They can take quite a while to completely remove and may come back. Below are some other facts about warts:

  • Warts are harmless (but not necessarily comfortable). They are sometimes mistaken for calluses because they appear as thick layers of dead skin. Warts do not have the risk of becoming cancerous but when they form on the soles of the feet or any place else on the foot that receives pressure when walking or standing they can be quite painful.
  • There are two types of warts that most frequently form on the feet. The first is a common wart which is generally raised and fleshy looking. The second type is the plantar wart, which is hard and flat and often has tiny pin pricks of black in the center.
  • Warts spread. Warts are caused by a virus and like all viruses, warts are contagious. They are spread by direct contact which means if you scratch a wart and then scratch another spot on your body without washing your hands, a new wart may form. If someone in your household has a wart on his or her foot it’s wise to avoid sharing towels, shoes and anything else that comes in contact with the wart. It’s also a good idea to keep your feet covered with shower shoes or flip flops when you are using a public pool, locker room or other communal area where people typically walk with bare feet.
  • Warts are treatable. Folk remedies and even over-the-counter products for treating warts are not usually very effective and often do more harm than good. If you suspect you have a wart, contact our Washington office. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will evaluate your wart and choose the most effective treatment for eliminating it. Make an appointment today by calling: (724) 225-7410.
By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 22, 2016

When it comes to your children’s health, you may not think much about their feet, but imagine what life would be like if they had difficulty walking or couldn’t run or jump or even stand for long periods of time. Your child’s feet deserve serious attention. At Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M., we believe in taking a proactive approach when it comes to the health of your child’s feet. Here are some ways parents can protect their children’s foot health:

  • Periodically inspect your child’s feet. Look for changes in shape and color or any growths or swelling. Look for abnormal toe position or any part of the foot or ankle that looks unusual.
  • Make sure your child’s shoes fit properly. Shoes should be roomy with at least half an inch between the toes and the end of the shoe. Children’s feet tend to grow quickly. Check often to make sure they have not outgrown their shoes and listen if they tell you that their shoes are hurting them.
  • Establish a good hygiene routine. Children love to go barefoot. Warts, fungal toenails, athlete’s foot are all caused by viruses or fungi that are transmitted by direct contact. Washing feet daily and drying completely can help prevent some of these infections. Clip your child’s toenails straight across and discourage them from peeling them off because this can lead to ingrown toenails. As your children get older, teach them to take over their own foot hygiene.
  • Follow safe sports practices. Many children today are suffering from foot conditions that are caused by overuse. Make sure if your child participates in sports that there are rest periods and that they are not overdoing it. Be sure that they have the appropriate shoes for the sport they are doing and that they are refitted each season. Young bones that are not fully grown can suffer stress fractures and heel pain may be a sign of Sever’s Disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel that often shows up in children ages 8—14.
  • Be observant. Watch your children when they walk and run. Do you notice any changes in their gait? Has your child stopped participating in activities that they used to enjoy? Are they falling frequently or having difficulty keeping up with their friends when they’re playing? Any of these may be signs that your child has a foot or ankle problem and should be investigated.

Finally, remember that no pain is “normal.” If your child complains of any discomfort in their feet or ankles, make an appointment at our conveniently located Washington, PA office by calling (724) 225- 7410. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will work with you to help ensure that your child’s feet will serve them well their whole life.