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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
(724) 225-9469 - fax

When you stop to think about the incredible tasks your feet are required to do on a daily basis, it brings to light how foundational they truly are. Most people have travelled an average of 75,000 miles on their feet by the age of 50! Many of us have felt the lip-biting pain of a stubbed toe or the throbbing of a twisted ankle.

Dr. Philip Pinkser provides evaluation and treatment for all foot and ankle injuries and disorders. Accidents and overuse do happen and some of the more common foot injuries we treat include:

Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is considered a soft tissue injury and occurs when ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or torn beyond their normal limits. It doesn’t take much for a slight injury to occur. An ankle roll on an uneven surface or stepping off a curb can lead to a painful sprain. Athletes are especially susceptible to this foot injury, particularly those involved in running, basketball and football. You may experience pain, swelling, bruising and limited mobility. The treatment process is determined by the severity of the injury and if symptoms persist beyond regular home care methods, it is time to see a podiatrist.


A fracture is an actual break in a bone and there are many types that can occur in the foot or ankle. There are many bones in your feet - nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet. With the amount of stress they bear, fractures are widespread. Stress fractures in particular are a common reason for foot pain. Seen as tiny hairline cracks in the bone, they often develop from intense exercise or improper training. Most other fractures go through the bone. The severity of the fracture and the place of injury will bring its own symptoms and treatment plan. Foot pain is never normal so if you are experiencing nagging pain, it is important to get a thorough diagnosis to rule out the possibility of a fracture. Lack of proper treatment could result in chronic problems.

Achilles Tendonitis

This overuse injury affects the Achilles tendon, a very strong band of tissue above the back of your heel. It is the largest tendon in the body and can withstand an extreme amount of stress, but overuse and improper training during exercise can lead to strain and possible rupture. The symptoms of this injury are very telling: recurring pain along the tendon, tenderness and swelling, stiffness and limited range of motion indicate the need to seek treatment.


An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous tumor. When found in the foot, it often forms in the bone underneath the toenail. In most cases, this condition does not present any pain or problems. There may be a painless bump, a lifting of the toenail or numbness and tingling if the tumor is affected surrounding nerves. If you notice any symptoms or pain with your toenails, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Pinsker for diagnosis and treatment.

Osteochondritis (stiff ankle)

Not to be confused with the condition mentioned above, osteochondritis involves lesions that develop specifically in the ankle joint. A severe twisting-type injury is typically to blame for this injury, which leaves patients with stiffness, swelling and pain in the ankle. Symptoms are caused by a chip in the bone that occurred at the time of the injury. In mild cases, immobilization and rest are enough to relieve symptoms while a more serious injury may require surgery to remove loose fragments in the ankle joint.

Sports Injuries

Athletes lead very active lifestyles. Footwear, training, playing surfaces and the nature of the sport played put feet and ankles at a high risk for injury. Dr. Pinsker is an expert in athletic foot care and regularly treats injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, Achilles tendonitis and stress fractures. If you have a sports related injury, it is important to treat it right away to avoid future problems.

Diabetic Foot Problems

It is important to also highlight that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing foot injuries and conditions due to the nature of the disease. Damaged nerves in the feet impair the ability to feel heat, cold and pain, and reduced circulation to the feet can make even a minor injury slow to heal.

Our office is dedicated to helping our patients get back on their feet. If you have any type of injury and need evaluation and treatment, please contact us today. Call our office at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment or schedule online