Find Answers to Your Questions About Foot Care and Injury Prevention
Our Palm Desert podiatry team fields questions daily. Do you have a question about how to manage your foot pain? Do you have a question about the safety of a current footwear fad? Do you want to know more about foot and ankle injury prevention? If so, we hope you find the answers you need here.
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What shoes should I get if I have a neuroma?
A neuroma is an enlarged growth of nerves. Tight-fitting shoes can cause tissues to rub against and irritate nerves in your feet. A neuroma commonly occurs between your third and fourth toes and results in pain, burning and numbness in the ball of the foot.
Injections, custom orthotics and shoe modifications are the most common forms of treatment for a neuroma in the foot. Choosing the right footwear can make a significance impact on the reduction of symptoms and future occurrence of a neuroma.
When it comes to footwear, start with measuring your feet. Feet change and grow over the years and one foot may be wider than the other. You want shoes to fit the wider foot. Shoes that are too narrow will only aggravate the symptoms of a neuroma. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes. The pressure these types of shoes put on feet may not only cause a neuroma but also bring on the painful symptoms if you already have one.
Look for shoes that are well cushioned and have laces. Laces allow the shoe to be adjustable to accommodate your foot type and width. If you are having a hard time finding shoes that alleviate the symptoms of a neuroma, contact Dr. Danciger for help. He can evaluate your feet and the severity of your condition to advise on appropriate footwear that will help.
How do you treat diabetic foot ulcers?
When you have diabetes, proper treatment of any foot problems is crucial to maintain foot health. There are about 25 million Americans who have diabetes and around 15% will deal with foot ulcers.
A diabetic foot ulcer is very serious as it can lead to infection and amputation if not properly cared for. Ulcers can drastically affect a patient’s life, especially when they are non-healing. Thankfully there are many effective treatments available that promote healing and decrease the risk of further injury.
Debridement is when dead skin and tissue is removed from around the ulcer to be able to see it and treat it. Sometimes foot ulcers are a result of too much pressure. Wearing special shoes, braces or a cast to take the pressure off the ulcer may be needed.
One advanced treatment involves skin substitutes where tissues are placed over the wounds to help the growth of healthy skin. Plastic surgery using grafting techniques has been very effective with many patients.
The patient has a responsibility in aiding the treatment process as well. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels, keeping the wound clean and bandaged staying off of the foot as much as possible are all important steps in the healing process.
Proper diabetic foot care is absolutely essential to prevent serious complications. Take the first step toward foot health by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA.
Why should I get custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are inserts made from a mold of your foot designed to provide support for your foot and alleviate symptoms from a particular condition. They balance and stabilize your foot to provide proper alignment.
There are many reasons why people choose to forgo recommendations from their doctor. For some it is financial and for others they may just be of the opinion it won’t do much good. If orthotics have been recommended to help with your foot pain or condition but you do not pursue that, your feet will remain unstable.
Orthotics are often recommended after an injury such as Achilles tendonitis. By not following the advice to wear orthotics, your injury may not heal as well as it could have with them or you increase the chance of getting injured in the same way again. Certain conditions such as hammertoes and bunions are progressive, meaning they get worse over time. Orthotics help to slow down or stop the progression so not wearing them could aggravate and make the problem worsen quicker.
Your feet are the foundation of your body. It is always wise to put your feet first and it orthotics will keep your feet healthy long-term, make the investment. Take the first step and schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger today.
What is normal for children's feet?
Children go through many changes as they grow up and feet are not exempt from being a part of these changes. Parents often attribute aches and pains as “growing pains” but it is important to note that foot pain is never normal.
Children that have strong and healthy feet while young tend to avoid complications in adulthood. It is important for parents to be checking their children’s feet on a regular basis.
An infant’s feet do not yet have arches that have developed. Let them kick and stretch and avoid strain from shoes that might squeeze feet and toes. It is normal for toddlers learning to walk to have a pigeon-toe gait. Out-toeing, when feet turn outwards is also common. Many children also begin walking on toes instead of their heels. As posture and balance matures over time, children most often outgrow these problems.
Pediatric flatfoot is a common condition seen in children and most of the time presents no pain or problems for the child. It is normal for children’s feet to change size and shape quickly starting in the first year. It is common for a child’s shoe size to be updated every few months in certain stages of growth.
It is important to take diligent care of young feet. If a child is not outgrowing some of the problems mentioned, is complaining of any pain or has issues such as warts or ingrown toenails have them treated by Dr. Danciger as soon as possible. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger today.
Why does my Athlete’s foot keep coming back?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that loves warm, moist places. Wearing closed shoes, having wet feet for long periods of time, or feet that sweat a lot will put you at risk for this fungal infection.
Many people trying to deal with a case of Athlete’s foot often take or use medications that simply mask symptoms momentarily. Itching and burning are common symptoms of Athlete’s foot and often people think that the infection is gone when these symptoms go away. This unfortunately does not mean that the fungus causing the infection is gone.
Anti-fungal medications taken for only a short time are only going to help short-term. Treatment plans are commonly more aggressive taking a couple of weeks for the fungus to fully be eradicated.
Athlete’s foot can return if you do not observe healthy foot care habits. You need to keep feet clean and dry, wear clean socks every day and rotate shoes. Remember, this fungal infection is contagious so if you are consistently walking barefoot in public showers and pool areas, you are putting yourself at risk again.
If you're suffering from persistent Athlete's foot, set up an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger, podiatrist in Palm Desert, CA. He can give you the tips and tools you need to treat and prevent Athlete's foot from recurring.
How would a night splint work to help my heel pain?
Finding yourself with sharp, stabbing pain in your feet when you get up in the morning is never a great way to start the day. This is often the case in patients with plantar fasciitis. In addition to several treatment options such as custom orthotics for your shoes and physical therapy, night splints can effectively help alleviate the symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.
Over the course of a night, the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, called the plantar fascia, tends to stiffen and tighten. This is what causes the pain when you first step on your foot as you are causing the tendon to loosen up again.
A night splint is a fairly cumbersome brace that attaches to your foot, ankle, and lower leg and is worn when you go to bed. The purpose of this device is to stretch your plantar fascia ligament while you sleep. Studies have shown that this continuous stretching throughout the night has alleviated the pain when stepping on the foot in the morning.
To learn more about what you can do to alleviate your heel pain, contact Dr. Harvey Danciger today. He and his courteous staff will be able to answer your questions and get you on your way to living pain free.
Why are my feet swollen?
Swollen feet, called edema, can develop from a variety of reasons and is a common problem. It often affects older people and women who are pregnant. It happens when fluids build up in the tissues of legs and ankles. It is often painless and can come and go depending on the day’s activity. When swelling is painful, does not go away or appears for no reason, it can be cause for concern. Swelling in feet and legs can be indicative of a serious health issue such as heart, renal or liver failure. Other causes for swelling include:
• Medications • Pregnancy
• Insect bite or sting • Congestive heart failure
• Injury or trauma to the foot • Prolonged standing
If you are experiencing swelling of your feet or ankles, it is important to have it diagnosed by Dr. Harvey Danciger. He can provide several treatment options in his podiatric and for you at home that can help alleviate symptoms. With swelling often being associated with other health concerns you may not be aware of, seek treatment as soon as possible by contacting Dr. Danciger to schedule an appointment.
What signs and symptoms indicate a visit to a podiatrist is necessary?
In general, foot pain is not normal. Aging and normal wear and tear can cause some aches and pains but consistent pain and sudden symptoms should never be ignored. There are many conservative treatment options that can effectively alleviate pain and small problems that are ignored can turn into serious situations.
Dr. Harvey Danciger, a foot and ankle specialist in Coachella Valley, encourages his patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms on their feet:
- Changes in temperature or color
- Any growth on the foot, big or small
- Cracks or cuts in your skin
- Scaling or peeling in between toes or on the soles of your feet
- Thick or discolored nails
Following simple foot care guidelines can often avoid these problems but injuries happen, toenails can become ingrown or fungal infections can develop. You don’t have to live with foot pain and if you have secondary conditions such as diabetes, keeping feet healthy needs to be top priority. See Dr. Danciger to diagnose your symptoms and treat your conditions appropriately. To schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA office, call (760) 568-0108.
I have hurt my Achilles tendon, what can be done?
Your Achilles tendon is actually the strongest and largest tendon in your body and is essential for pretty much every activity. It is also the most frequently ruptured tendon, often as a sports or overuse injury.
If you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, you can attest to the pain and discomfort this type of injury can cause. To remind everyone what symptoms to look for, this injury will cause inflammation, pain and tenderness in the back of the leg above the heel.
There are many treatment options that Dr. Harvey Danciger, foot and ankle specialist in Palm Desert, CA, can provide depending on the severity of your injury. Simple bandaging to restrict motion can be effective as well as anti-inflammatory medications. Rest and stretching exercises to strengthen the weakened muscles are also important. Dr. Danciger has helped many patients in his Palm Desert, CA podiatric office suffering with an Achilles tendon injury with the use of custom orthotics. These are shoe inserts that support the muscles in your foot and help relieve pain.
If you have had an Achilles injury that is not healing properly or are concerned that you may be susceptible to one based on your activities, see Dr. Danciger for a thorough foot exam and possible treatment. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at (760) 568-0108.