I wrote this book because too
many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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There are numerous types of foot deformities that we treat on a regular basis. Some are more prominent than others and bring significant discomfort while others are subtle with little or no symptoms. When it comes to foot and toe abnormalities, early recognition and treatment is essential to ensure long-term foot health. Many foot problems are easier to treat and repair when detected early. Some defects are progressive in nature, meaning that they worsen or harden into place over time.

Dr. Pinsker has many years of experience in Washington, PA helping patients treat and care for their foot problems. Please take a moment to read about some of the common foot deformities we treat at our office and call our office today should you need diagnosis or treatment.


This malformation of the bone is caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe, which causes the toe to move out of place. A faulty foot structure, injury, or ill-fitting shoes can lead to the formation of the characteristic bony bump and result in swelling, pain, and calluses. Treatment aims at relieving pain and stopping any progressive growth.

Hammertoe / Claw Toe / Mallet Toe

These are very common deformities that affect the joints of the toes, often causing pain and preventing the foot from functioning as it should. Each of these abnormalities results in the toes being in a bent or curled position. Hammertoes are caused by muscle imbalance or from wearing poorly fitting shoes. Toes are bent up at the middle joint and often cause pain and difficulty finding comfortable shoes. Claw toe is caused by nerve damage that weakens muscles in the foot. Toes with this condition bend up at the joint at the ball of the foot and down again in the middle joint. A mallet toe problem is caused by a bone or muscle imbalance in the foot or from a condition such as arthritis. In this case, the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Treatment focuses on relieving pain and pressure, preventing further irritation or full correction of the abnormality.


This pediatric deformity is a congenital foot disorder that is recognized at birth. It is a very common birth defect that causes the heel and toes to turn inward. Typically, the clubfoot, calf, and leg are also smaller and shorter than normal. Clubfoot is not painful and very correctable when appropriate treatment is administered. We encourage our patients with children to care for their foot health the same as they would their vision or dental health. A child’s foot problem such as intoeing or flat feet should never be dismissed as something the child will probably just outgrow. Early treatment often prevents the future occurrence of foot, knee, hip and back problems.

Flat Feet

A flat foot is a common foot condition in which the arch of the foot is collapsed or flattened. Most of the time this foot structure does not present any problems but when it does it is referred to as adult-acquired flatfoot and requires appropriate treatment. Left alone, painful flat feet could lead to chronic pain or possible disability. Physical therapy, orthortics, taping and icing are common treatment options for this problem.

Haglund’s Deformity

Also known as a “pump bump” this condition involves a painful enlargement on the back of the heel bone. Shoes with rigid heel cups that irritate the heel bone are often to blame. Most often, shoe modifications and anti-inflammatory medications relieve symptoms associated with this malformation.

Hallux Limitus (Stiff Big Toe Joint)

An abnormal alignment of the long bone behind the big toe joint causes this common toe problem. Aside from the main symptom of stiffness in the toe joint, calluses and bone spurs can also develop over time should this condition be left untreated. Custom orthotics are often found to be very beneficial in relieving symptoms of hallux limitus.


If you have pain in the ball of your foot, it is often the result of metatarsalgia, a condition involving inflammation of the metatarsal joints. Arthritis, injury, poor footwear or standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time can lead to this painful foot problem. Depending on the severity of the deformity, changing shoes and custom orthotics are often involved in treating symptoms.

Other common deformities treated at our office include:

Many people suffer from foot pain unnecessarily. If you are suffering with the pain of a deformity or want to intervene and stop the progression of one, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Pinsker for help. You can call our office at (724) 225-7410 or schedule an appointment online.

We would also love to send you a free copy of Dr. Pinsker’s book, Got Feet? A User’s Guide to Foot and Ankle Health. To receive your complimentary book today,see our request form or click on the image of the book on our homepage.