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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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Dr. Pinsker is a specialist in the care of the lower extremities who helps and treats athletes and fitness enthusiasts on a regular basis. Foot health will determine the success of a fitness program or sports training. The stress put on feet and ankles during  exercise can be extreme and can become more that they can bear. To give you an idea, a runner weighing 150 lbs can put more than 150 tons of impact on feet and ankles during a three mile run. The stress during exercise and strain that often comes with intense training makes feet and ankles susceptible to injury.

Having a full consultation and evaluation of your foot health prior to starting a fitness program is highly encouraged. Dr. Pinsker will be able evaluate your current foot health and identify any potential problems. Understanding your foot health, foot structure, gait and potential problems will enable you to make the best exercise and footwear choices and decisions. Below are some common sports and related injuries to be aware of: 

Baseball

Baseball can present some particular challenges for your feet due to the movements involved and the nature of the game. Baseball involves running, making quick lateral movements, slides and starts and stops. These types of movements can put a lot of stress on your feet and ankles putting you at risk for injury. Run-ins with other players, divots and holes in fields and footwear are also factors where injuries are concerned. Some of the common injuries in baseball include stress fractures, bone fractures, ankle sprains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Proper conditioning and technique are important in baseball but good foot health will also provide a sure footing during play. Dr. Pinsker can help you with footwear advice or treatment for baseball injuries and keep you in the game.

Running

It is the network of 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and countless nerves, tendons and blood vessels in the feet that make running possible. How well your body makes connection with the ground depends on the health of your feet. It is a good idea to have your feet evaluated before you take up a running routine. Your foot structure, foot shape and gait can make a big difference in your performance and Dr. Pinsker will be able to identify any potential problems. During a run, the force on your feet can be up to four times your body weight making healthy feet and proper footwear essential. Problems common in running include Athlete’s foot, blisters, plantar fasciitis, corns, calluses, and shin splints. Whether you are an avid runner or just starting up, see Dr. Pinsker to keep you on track.

Basketball

Similar to other sports such as tennis and baseball, the athleticism and rapid movements required in basketball can put feet and ankles at risk for strain and injury. Overtraining, contact with other players, jumping, running and quick stops and starts can cause common injuries such as ankle sprains, fractures, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis and Achilles tendonitis. Shoes specific to basketball are very important to wear in order to provide the support and protection your feet need. If you are susceptible to injury, have a foot deformity or particular foot shape that makes it difficult to find proper footwear, Dr. Pinsker can help. If you have been injured during basketball, prompt treatment is essential for a proper and full recovery.

Soccer

Soccer is a much loved sport for kids and adults alike. Played indoors and out, this game can be quick requires a lot of athleticism, skill and footwork. It can also bring its share of injuries as players slide tackle, get tangled up with other players, trip in divots in the field and experience the strain of intense training. Soccer requires a lot of running and an ability to make quick starts and stops aside from ball handling. Feet and ankles are susceptible to injuries such as: turf toe, heel pain (Sever’s disease in children), ankle sprains, stress fractures, bone fractures and subungal hematoma (blackened toenail). Keeping your feet healthy is crucial as an athlete so seek treatment for you or a child as soon as an injury occurs.

Keep Dr. Pinsker on your team to keep you at the top of your game! If you are about to start a fitness program or have sustained a sports injury, call today for diagnosis and for proper treatment. Make an appointment by calling our office at (724) 225-7410 or visit our homepage.