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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  • Will the screws, wires, pins or plates set off the alarm airport security?

    Many patients ask me, during their discussion of surgery, if the screws, wires, pins or plates that will be used during their surgery will set off the alarm at the airports.  This has not happened yet and should not be a problem.  If, during a heightened security alert, this did happen, you would be able to show and explain why this caused the alarm to be triggered.  They would then inspect your surgical site with their hand wand.  You can also get a note from the Doctor before traveling explaining that you had surgery and do have surgical hardware in your foot.

    If you are contemplating surgery on your foot, give Harvey R. Danciger, DPM located in the Coachella Valley of California a call or schedule an appointment from our website.

  • Is Enchondroma Painful?

    No, enchondroma is not usually painful. Most people with this noncancerous cartilage tumor in their foot don’t experience any symptoms. Usually, the benign growth is only discovered after an X-ray has been taken for another injury, like a fracture.

    However, if you’re experiencing pain, contact us right away. We’ll need to know if it happens during a period of rest or if it starts at night and wont’ go away—this can be concerning. Pain from activity isn’t as much cause for concern. To ensure that the tumor isn’t cancerous or aggressive, we will take a look at your bone through an X-ray.

    If you’ve tried many treatments for foot pain with no relief, you might be asking yourself “What is this pain in my foot?” Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, can answer that question for you. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA, today by dialing (760) 568-0108. You can also reach us online.

  • How does obesity affect my feet?

    There are a lot of reasons to lose weight—and your foot health, or lack thereof, is a great one! Obesity puts a lot of pressure on your feet, which can cause a load of foot problems.

    Extra pressure actually changes the way you walk and the structure of your foot. Your arches may flatten because the tendons in the area can no longer hold up all your weight. Plantar fasciitis, which is pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, could also result.

    Being overweight can make you more likely to develop neuropathy, a loss of feeling in your limbs. Neuropathy means that you could develop a blister, open cut, or wound without noticing, and it could develop into an ulcer.

    Two forms of arthritis, gout and osteoarthritis can begin to set in. Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of joints cause by wear and tear. Gout is an inflammation of the joint when the body doesn’t expel enough uric acid, which creates a buildup of sharp crystals in the big toe joint.

    If you’re overweight, see Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, as soon as you notice a foot problem. You can contact our office in Palm Desert, CA, by dialing (760) 568-0108.

  • Should I pop the blister on my foot?

    The general rule is that it is better to leave a blister alone.To pop or not to pop, that may be the question you ask yourself when you notice a blister has formed on your foot. These bumps develop from excessive rubbing and friction, and fluid builds up underneath the skin as a natural form of protection. The general rule is that it is better to leave a blister alone. Remove the pressure that caused it in the first place, possibly a tight or ill-fitting pair of shoes. If the bubble is small, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage. The fluid will be absorbed and the top layer of skin should remain intact. If the blister is large and painful, have it examined at our office. We can safely drain the fluid to ensure there is not further injury to the site. This will minimize your risk for infection, which is especially important for those with diabetes.

    If you remove your shoes and socks and yell, “Help—there’s a bubble on my foot!” we’d be happy to come to the rescue. Make an appointment with Harvey R. Danciger, DPM by calling our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108, or visit us online

  • What is a bone spur under the toenail?

    A bone spur under the toenail can cause pain and deformity in the toe and toenail.  It can be caused from trauma that occurred years ago and took time to develop.  It causes the toenail to become curved with the apex or top in the middle of the toenail, like a small hill.  This can cause pain when pressure is applied to the top of the nail form a shoe, bed sheets, or even socks.  X-rays can identify the problem.  If pain is severe enough, surgery to remove the bone spur can often be performed.


    Why suffer with pain when there is relief available.  Call Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, in Palm Desert, California, for relief of your pain. 760-568-0108

  • Do I need surgery for my claw toe?

    Claw toe is a common foot deformity in which the four smaller toes bend and curl up at the joint nearest to the foot. The toes then bend down at the middle and end joints, which is what gives the toe a claw-like appearance. Poor footwear and weakened muscles in the foot commonly contribute to this problem. They can cause a great deal of pain, as the toes rub against footwear and calluses and corns often develop. Claw toes start out flexible but can become rigid over time.

    We make every effort to exhaust conservative treatment options before heading into discussion about surgery. If footwear modifications, physical therapy, special pads, taping, and splinting fail to improve your symptoms, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem and resolve your discomfort.

    If you are at the beginning stages, allow us to help stop the progression of this deformity. If your toes are rigid and painful, we can tailor a treatment plan to help you find relief. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM for an appointment—you can reach our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108.

  • Are the instruments used safe during a pedicure?

    People who get pedicures have to understand that the stores, salons, and shops they go to for their pedicures; typically only clean their instruments between customers.  They do not sterilize them to make sure that any bacteria, fungus or blood products are gone.  If they cut you by accident this could pose a potential problem.


    All too often pedicurists cut the cuticles on the toes and this causes an opening for fungus to enter and attack the toenails and possible infection can result.


    The safe way is to bring your own instruments with you each time you get a pedicure, so you know where they have been and what they were in contact with.


    For further questions call Harvey R. Danciger, DPM at our Palm Desert office 760-568-0108 or click here to make an appointment.

  • What is bursitis?

    If you have been dealing with pain in the joints of your feet or ankles, it could possibly be from a condition called bursitis. A bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion where ligaments and tendons pass over the bones of a joint. Repeated pressure from doing the same movement over and over can irritate or inflame the bursa and may be the reason for your discomfort.

    Contact us if you have swelling, inflammation, warmth in the area, stiff joints, weakened muscles around a joint, and increased pain in the morning or after you have been still for awhile. If we confirm that bursitis is the cause for your pain, we can provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle and the severity of your symptoms. We may use a combination of rest, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, laser therapy, injections, physical therapy, and custom orthotics.  We can also provide you with effective ways to prevent this condition from happening again.

    If you are experiencing these symptoms in a foot or ankle, don’t wait to get treatment that will help. You can reach Harvey R. Danciger, DPM by calling our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.

  • What is the difference between a bunion and bunionette?

    Bunions and bunionettes are very similar conditions. There’s really only one main difference between them: where they occur. A regular bunion is formed when your big toe is pushed toward your second digit, creating an enlarged, bony bump on the inside of your foot at the base of the toe. A bunionette can be thought of as the “mirror” condition: the pinky toe gets pushed into the fourth digit, resulting in a bump on the opposite side of the foot.

    Both conditions form in the same way—structural deficiencies in the foot exacerbated by ill-fitting shoes, often with pointed toe boxes. Both carry similar symptoms of pain and stiffness, and they involve similar treatment methods, including shoe choice, padding, night splints, taping, and possibly surgery for extremely painful bumps.

    Dr. Harvey Danciger treats bumps on your feet and any other podiatric ailments bothering you. Visit our Palm Desert, CA office, or call (760) 568-0108 to set an appointment.

  • What are some dangers of pedicures?

    Pedicures can be safe for many people but there are certain dangers which to look out for.


    You need to be careful of the foot baths that they put you in prior to performing the pedicure.  Oftentimes, the person before you or at some point during the day has had either athlete’s foot or fungus toenails and was put into the same piece of equipment.  There is no way to sterilize the tubing and inside parts of the machine where the water circulates, so scrubbing the basin is not enough to protect you from possibly getting fungus toenails.


    Another danger is having the pedicurist try to cut out an ingrown toenail.  They do not have the proper instrumentation and often leave part of the toenail that is deep into the skin and they can not see.  You may feel better for a day or so but then may notice increased pain and redness in the area.  There may be drainage as well.  Next thing you know you have an infection in the area.


    If you are concerned about any problems with your toenails, visit us for care.  We are located in Palm Desert, California and serve the entire Coachella Valley.

  • What is laser therapy?

    Laser therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that can help reduce pain and discomfort from foot conditions that involve swelling or inflammation. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis—any “itis,” really—or other conditions such as neuropathy or sprains, laser therapy may help get you back on your feet.

    What is laser therapy?The laser uses specific wavelengths that produce strong anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects and stimulate cellular activity. As a result, it can help accelerate tissue recovery, close wounds, and even improve nerve functions when combined with a rehab plan. Most patients report significant pain relief after three or four treatments, and some people respond even more quickly.

    We offer laser therapy at our Palm Desert, CA, office. Call us at (760) 568 – 0108 to set up an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger today to see if laser therapy can help you with your foot, ankle, and heel pain. 

  • Why are my arches flat?

    Flat foot is a very common foot structure in which the arch of the foot has flattened and the entire sole of the foot touches the ground when standing. If you were to step a wet foot on dark paper you would simply see an oblong pancake shape.

    This condition can be present during childhood or adolescence, or it can develop over time. If you have developed fallen arches, it may be due to a weakening of the posterior tibial tendon that is the main support for your arch. Overuse or injury can impair the tendon’s ability to provide support and so the arch collapses and the foot flattens. The condition can also be related to age, as years of wear and tear can weaken tendons as well. In childhood, the condition is called flexible flatfoot and it is important to note that it often progresses in severity with age.

    We can provide excellent, effective care if you have pain associated with flat feet, as well as preventative care if you are looking to avoid foot pain. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM at our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108 today.

  • What Can Cause Foot Drop?

    Foot drop can be a symptom of different problems.  The degree of weakness for drop foot can be related to the length of time one has had the problem and can result in the weakness being temporary or permanent.


    Some causes of Foot Drop are:


    • Nerve injury and/or compression
    • Spinal cord disorders-injury
    • Brain issues
    • Muscle disorders


    Regarding nerve injury or compression, this is due to the common fibular nerve, previously called the common peroneal nerve, being the nerve mostly involved.  This nerve is situated close under the skin on the outside of the knee and is frequently injured or compressed from diabetes, sports injuries: including ankle sprains or fractures, knee injuries; knee surgeries and other causes such as sitting cross legged or squatting for long periods of time.  This is the nerve, which you may have experienced getting up from a chair after sitting with your legs crossed, and your foot is numb or tingly.


    Let Harvey R. Danciger, DPM help you find out the cause and possible treatment options you may have.

  • How can I prevent an ankle injury?

    By following some quick and easy safety tips, you can vastly reduce your chances of ankle injuries. Think of your ankles like playing golf.  Before you can go out and play your first game, you have to strengthen your muscles, practice and train your swing, and purchase the correct equipment.  This conditioning method is the same to prevent an ankle injury.

    First you have to improve your ankles through balancing and strengthening exercises like standing on one foot in line at the grocery store.  Give yourself time to adjust to a new activity. If you’re a beginner at running, don’t decide to start with a 5-mile run.  Also, purchasing shoes that fit correctly and aren’t too tight is crucial to decreasing your chances of injury.

    Dr. Harvey Danciger treats ankle injuries as well as other podiatric ailments.  Visit our Palm Desert, CA office, or call (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment.

  • How should I treat a sprained toe at home?

    A sprained toe is a more minor injury but one that still warrants the correct sprained toe care to ensure that it doesn’t get injured any further.

    It doesn’t take much to sprain a toe—jamming it into something, landing wrong after jumping, or just stubbing it on the corner of the coffee table can create the injury. You may experience some mild swelling for the first couple of days. It may be difficult to push off of the toe and some lingering pain could reside after a few days.

    To care for your toe, rest the foot, apply ice, and keep your leg elevated when possible. You can also promote healing by “buddy taping” the injured toe to the neighboring toe to limit movement.

    If you have a toe injury and these simple actions fail to alleviate your pain, it may indeed be a fracture. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at our office in Palm Desert, CA, by calling (760) 568-0108 for an appointment.

  • Are my black toenails caused by running?

    While not the only reason for black toenails, running is often a culprit. This is because of the repetitive motion of your toes jamming against the front of your shoes when you run over and over again. If your toes are crushed in your shoe because they do not fit properly, the repeated trauma is even worse, and your toenails can turn a black, purple, or brownish color. This discoloration is a result of blood built-up beneath the nail.

    Sometimes, your nail will fall off and grow back on its own.  However, in some cases the pressure from the blood that has pooled under the nail needs to be released or drained by a podiatrist.

    There are a lot of running aficionados in Palm Desert, CA, which means there are a lot of black toenails out there needing to be treated! Dr. Harvey Danciger can help. Call (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment today.

  • What is causing my painful, tingly feet?

    The most common reasons for painful, tingly feet are peripheral artery disease and the intermittent claudication associated with it.  People who are suffering from these conditions have arteries that become clogged and narrow, which leads to poor blood flow and circulation.  When your blood cannot travel through your arteries at a normal pace, you suffer from intermittent claudication, which is characterized by painful, tingly feet.

    Some common risk factors for the condition include smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and advanced age.  Medications— like aspirin—that prevent blood clots or medical surgeries, are typical treatments for peripheral artery disease and intermittent claudication. They can help reduce both swelling and discomfort.

    We know people in Palm Desert California like to be active, and tingly, painful feet get in the way of what you love.  Call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment. He can help get you back to an active and pain-free lifestyle today.

  • What are the benefits of elevating an injury?

    The main thing elevating an injury does is reduce swelling. Your blood is subject to gravity. It takes a complex network of valves and heartbeats to keep it moving through your circulatory system. When you injure your foot or ankle, it may bleed, and your body rushes extra blood cells to fight infection, causing the damaged area to swell. Elevating your injured foot or ankle above the level of your heart reduces the pull of gravity. Your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, and blood is less likely to pool in your lower limbs and make them swell. Reducing the pressure of the extra fluid can alleviate pain as well.

    If you have an injury, rest, ice, elevate, and contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA. We will determine your exact injury and guide you to the best treatment. Call (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment online.

  • What is Charcot Foot?

    Those with diabetes often suffer from neuropathy, and the resulting loss of sensation can mean acquiring a foot injury without even realizing it. If you then continue to walk on the injured bones, it can cause them to progressively disintegrate, resulting in further injury and deformity. This condition is called Charcot foot, and if not caught early enough, it can lead to devastating consequences, including amputation.

    That’s why, if you have diabetes, it is important to keep a close eye on your feet. Check them every day for any signs of swelling, redness, or deformities.  If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment immediately. Early treatment is critical to minimize damage. Find out more about Charcot foot and other diabetic foot problems on our website, or by visiting our office in Palm Desert, CA. Let us help you before any injury becomes worse.

  • What is Foot Drop?

    Foot Drop is when you are not able to lift the front part of your foot upwards.  This can present with problems of dragging your toes during walking and can increase the possibility of falling.  This inability to lift the front of the foot is caused by weakness or a paralysis of the muscles which function to lift the foot.  There are different causes for drop foot and the cause must be determined so the proper treatment can be started.


    If you are experiencing a weakness in the ability to lift the front of your foot, come in for an evaluation and determine the best form of treatment.  Call the office of Palm Desert Podiatrist, Dr.  Harvey Danciger at 760-560-0108, or request an appointment online.