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

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker


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Washington, PA, 15301

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

Keep Your Health and Your Feet in Top Shape With Walking!

Walking is a great option for exercise for so many reasons. It costs nothing, can be done almost anywhere, provides a free view of nature and can be done year round. Taking a brisk walk can allow your body to burn around 100 calories for every mile that you walk and 300 calories every hour. Walking is an aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up and helps your heart and your lungs become more efficient, making it a great cardiovascular workout.

Walking benefits your whole body as it helps keep your weight down, helps blood sugar and cholesterol levels and can reduce stress and anxiety levels. It is your feet, ankles and legs that have to work hard to get the benefit of the aerobic workout for your heart and lungs.

Dr. Phil Pinkser, foot specialist in Washington, PA supports the benefits of walking but also recognizes the impact it can have on feet and ankles.

Foot Injuries and Walking

In order to get the most health benefit from walking, your feet need to receive top priority. Pain is your body’s way of indicating that something is not right. When foot pain is experienced from walking, it is usually due to one of the following reasons:

  • Inadequate preparation or conditioning
  • Poor footwear
  • Improper gait
  • Abnormal foot structure

When shoesdo not fit properly, you put your feet at risk for a number of injuries. The length, width and shape of your feet will dictate a specific style of shoe to keep your feet safe and comfortable. Some of the injuries that can develop from inadequate footwear include:

Blisters- Wearing shoes that are too tight will increase the friction between your feet and the inside of your shoe. Wearing shoes that are too loose will cause your feet to slide around, also causing areas on your feet to rub against the shoe, possibly leading to painful blisters.

Corns– Often found on the tops of toes or the outside of the little toe, corns are small hardened patches of dead skin. They develop as a defense against repetitive friction, which can occur in shoes that do not fit your feet properly.

Ingrown toenails– A painful ingrown toenail can put a halt to any walking routine and make even wearing shoes difficult. When toenails curve into the edge of your nail bed, it can cause pain, redness, swelling and possible infection. Walking consistently in shoes with tight toe boxes could lead to the development of an ingrown toenail.

Bunions& Hammertoes– A bunion is a deformity of the big toe joint and hammertoe is deformity when one or more toes are bent downward in a claw like position. Both of these deformities are not necessarily caused by poor footwear, they can be aggravated and worsen over time by it.

Neuromas, stress fractures, calluses, bone spurs and Achilles tendon injuries are some of the other conditions Dr. Pinsker sees on a regular basis with his active patients.

Tips for Choosing Walking Shoes

A great walking shoe will keep your feet stable, be comfortable and enable you to walk smoothly. Take the following into consideration when shopping:

  • Shoes should feel comfortable and fit right in the store
  • Look for lightweight, breathable materials
  • Shop in the later afternoon when your feet have had a chance to swell a bit
  • Wear the same socks that you would while walking
  • The heel should be snug and you should be able to wiggle your toes
  • Look for a removable insert if you need to wear custom orthotics

If you are experiencing any foot pain or find your walking shoes uncomfortable, don’t take one more step until you have an evaluation with Dr. Pinsker. You can make an appointment today by calling us at (724) 225-7410 or visit