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Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
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Are you aware that 3 out of 4 Americans experience a foot problem at one point in their lifetime? When you think about the fact that ¼ of all the bones in the human body are found in the feet, it is understandable that feet can sustain injury and are exposed to a variety of problems. This is especially true since feet are often abused and neglected.

When your feet are hurting, you can hurt all over. This is because your feet are the true foundation for the rest of your body and when they are out of alignment, in pain, or injured, your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back can also be impacted. Dr. Pinskertreats any and all foot and ankle problems at his Washington, PA podiatric office. He understands the impact foot and ankle problems can have and strives to provide the highest level of diagnostic information and state-of-the-art treatment to each one of his patients.

Why Do Foot Problems Occur?

There are many reasons for why foot and ankle problems develop. The biomechanics of your foot, improper footwear, stress and overuse are common causes seen at our podiatric office. Other causes for foot problems include:

  • Congenital foot problems
  • Arthritis
  • Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
  • Tumors
  • Injuries such as sprains and fractures

Dr. Pinsker specializes in all foot and ankle problems including:

Achilles Problems– Pain in the Achilles tendon can range from mild to severe and be attributed to injury or stress over time. Common Achilles problems include: Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendon dysfunction and Xanthomas of the Achilles tendon.

Arch and Ball Problems– There are several causes for problems associated with the arches and balls of your feet. Some of the more common reasons for pain in these areas are attributed to capsulitis, flat feet, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditisand plantar fibromas.

Bunions– Bunions are another very common foot problem treated at our office. This bone deformity on the side of the big toe joint develops from an imbalance or misalignment of the foot. They usually enlarge over time, may become quite painful, make it difficult to wear shoes and can lead to further problems such as hammertoes.

Diabetic Foot Care– Having diabetes puts patients at high risk for foot and ankle deformities, wounds, ulcers, infections, neuropathy and possible amputations. The consequences can be severe for a person with diabetes who does not take proper care of their feet. Dr. Pinsker is very knowledgeable in treating foot problems related to diabetes and offers several treatment options at his podiatric office.

Foot and Ankle Injuries– We specialize in all types of foot and ankle injuries including: sprains, fractures, osteochondromas, shin splintsand sports injuries.

Hammertoes– Improperly fitting shoes and muscle imbalance are the two main causes for this toe deformity. When toes are bent and curled up, they can become fixed and painful without the proper intervention. Severe cases may require surgery.

Heel Pain– Heel pain is a very common foot condition treated at our office and can result from heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitisand Haglund’s deformity. Heel pain typically worsens over time and can result in further pain and disability if not treated properly. 

Ingrown Toenails– Toenails become ingrown when the corners of the nail curve downward into the skin and tissue surrounding the nail. This is very common toe problem that can be very painful and susceptible to infection if not treated properly. Proper trimming of toenails and wearing shoes that are not too tight can prevent this problem from occurring.

Nerve Pain– Nerve pain is often associated with neuropathy, which is characterized by nerve damage to the feet. The loss of sensation, burning and tingling can be attributed to diabetes, alcohol, vitamin deficiency, and trauma.

Warts– Plantar warts that develop on the soles of feet are very common but can be uncomfortable, painful and difficult to treat. Over-the-counter treatments are often ineffective as warts are resilient to these treatments and tend to reoccur. Please contact our office for effective treatment of warts.

If you would like further information on each of these foot and ankle problems, simply click on a topic to be led to an educational page specific to that topic. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot and ankle health, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Pinsker. You can schedule an appointment by calling (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online