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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  • Do I need to be non weight bearing for all bunion surgeries?

    The simple answer is no.  There are many procedures that will enable you, while wearing a special post op shoe, to bear weight on your foot after surgery.  Some people feel better using a cane to help support them while many others feel this is not necessary.

    Some bunion surgeries do require you to not put any weight on your foot for a period of time.  This type of surgery is determined from the examination of your foot, the size of the bunion deformity and the x-ray findings.  This is all discussed prior to surgery so you are able to prepare for the post operative course.

    If you are suffering from a painful bunion, also know as Hallux Abducto Valgus, see Dr. Harvey R. Danciger for an evaluation, diagnosis and discussion of your surgical and non-surgical treatment options.  He is located in Palm Desert, CA.  Call (760) 568-0108

  • Do all bunions require surgery?

    It is true that surgery is the only way to “correct” a bunion, in the sense that conservative treatments will not shrink or reposition the toe or bump in any way. Once the toe begins drifting inward, only surgery will bring it back to its original position.

    However, this does not necessarily mean that surgery is required in all, or even most, cases. While aesthetics are important for many people, the primary goal of treatment is to relieve pain and discomfort and allow you to live a full normal, healthy life. In many cases, this can be accomplished non-surgically through a variety of methods, including shoe modifications (sometimes all you need is a wider pair!), gel pads, orthotics, massage, laser therapy, and more.

    If you can find relief through these processes, great! However, if conservative methods are unsuccessful, trust the skill and experience of Harvey Danciger, DPM to plan and perform whatever surgical procedure will provide you with the best healing and recovery for your condition, age, and lifestyle goals. Schedule your appointment today online, or by calling 760-568-0108.

  • Are bunions hereditary?

    Yes and no.

    While simply having a family history of bunions isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get them as well, there is definitely a genetic component to the deformity. Your parents can pass their foot structures on to you, so if their feet are particularly susceptible to bunion formation, there’s a good chance yours will be, too. Having a parent or grandparent with the condition greatly increases your own risk.

    The good news is that, in most cases, there is an environmental component to acquiring the condition as well. That means that by taking care of your feet, including wearing supportive footwear or orthotics, you can significantly slow the progress of—or even entirely prevent—bunions, even if your foot structures put you at greater risk.

    If you’re concerned about a bump forming at the base of your toe, especially if you have a family history, schedule an appointment with Harvey Danciger, DPM right away. The earlier you seek treatment, the more successful treatment is likely to be. Give us a call at (760) 568 – 0108 to schedule your appointment.

  • 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.

  • Can I walk after bunion surgery?

    Most bunion surgeries are done as an outpatient procedure.  There are many surgeries where you can walk the same day, either using a post op shoe or a walking cast boot.  Some bunion, or hallux abducto valgus, surgeries do require you to be non-weight bearing so you may need to use crutches or a roll about walker for a period of time.


    The type and severity of the bunion determine which procedure will need to be performed and the post op care needed.


    For further information call Harvey R. Danciger, DPM in Palm Desert, CA at 760-568-0108.

  • Do I need to suffer with bunions?

    The answer is no.  If conservative care is not giving you enough relief from the pain, deformity and irritation of bunions, then surgery may be an option for you.  There are many different procedures available for bunion surgery, depending on what is found during the physical examination and x-ray studies.  This will determine the best procedure for you.


    Call Dr. Danciger to see if you can benefit from surgery on your bunion problems.  We are here to get you back on your feet and active again.

  • Does everyone need surgery if you have a Bunion?

    Not every person that has a bunion needs surgery.  There are patients that have the deformity of hallux valgus or a bunion but are being seen for a different problem.  They have no complaints of pain, redness, swelling or problems with the bunion.  They can do all the activities they want to with no restrictions.  If that is the case, surgery is not needed at this time.


    If you are suffering from pain in the bunion area, we are here to help.  Come visit us in our Palm Desert office by calling 760-568-0108 or scheduling an appointment online.

  • What is causing my baby toe to hurt and what can be done?

    Pain can stem from an acute injury such as jamming or stubbing your little toe on something. This type of injury could result in bruising, dislocation, or a fracture. Wearing open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops could leave your feet vulnerable to a small sliver or splinter under your skin. Symptoms might include tenderness and redness. Those same shoes can cause irritation if they are too tight.

    A very common problem with the baby toe is a condition called a tailor’s bunion. It has a characteristic bump; similar to a bunion on the side of the big toe, it is just smaller. This is often called a bunionette.

    We can identify the exact reason for your discomfort and provide the treatment to relieve your symptoms. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger today and make an appointment at our office in Palm Desert, CA by calling (760) 568-0108.

  • Can I get a bunion by my little toe?

    Yes you can.  The problem is called a Tailors bunion and is a deformity at the 5th metatarsal phalangeal joint area.  The name came about because of the way Tailors sit with their feet crossed and they ended up with pain in this area.  This is where the little toe meets the ball of the foot on the outside part of the foot.  The bump or enlargement can get larger and more painful over time.  Shoes, activities, pressure can cause increased pain, redness and swelling making walking and normal activities very painful and difficult.  Many patients relate they cannot even put a shoe on because of the pain.


    No need to suffer.  If you are having this problem, make an appointment with our office so we can help you resume your activities quickly.  Call (760) 568-0108 now.


  • What is a bunion?

    A bunion is a very common foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of your big toe. A hard, bony knob forms on the side of the foot when the big toe leans inward against your other toes, forcing the toe joint in the other direction.

    Bunions are most commonly caused by an inherited foot structure prone to this deformity. The bony bump can be present at birth, develop after an injury, or be aggravated by wearing ill-fitting shoes such as high heels. When your foot structure is unable to distribute weight evenly over the entire foot, the imbalance can cause the big to joint to become unstable and prone to shifting position.

    Left untreated this condition typically worsens over time. It can become painful to walk or wear shoes, and often leads to pain in your ankles, knees, hips and back. Arthritis in the joint can also develop.

    Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger today for preventative treatment if you know that your feet are prone to this condition or you have bunions and want to stop them from getting worse. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment online.

  • How do you prevent bunions?

    For most people, genetics play a role in the development of bunions. Inheriting a foot structure with faulty mechanics can make you prone to this very common deformity. It is most often a problem with overpronation, when the foot and ankle rolls inward, that leads to the development of bunions. 

    Bunions are progressive, meaning they are not simply going to go away on their own. The good news is that you can take measures to prevent them from forming and from getting worse. If your feet are at risk or if bunions have already formed, take these tips into consideration:

    • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and have a lower heel.
    • Wear shoes with a wider toe box that does not cramp or squeeze your toes. 
    • If you are a runner, mix in other lower impact activities to reduce the stress on your feet.
    • Wear custom orthotics in your shoes to support and stabilize your feet.
    • Use bunion cushions and ice when bunions are painful.

    The best way to manage a bunion problem is to see Dr. Danciger on a regular basis. He can monitor your foot health and advise on the treatment methods that will be most effective for you. Call our office today to find out more about keeping bunions at bay (760) 568-0108. 

  • If one of my parents has bunions, does that mean that I will get them as well?

    Bunions are a very common foot problem. They occur when your big toe leans over and pushes against the rest of your toes. When this happens, a bump forms on the side of the foot. Bunions range from mild to severe and can cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort when wearing shoes.

    While wearing tight, poorly fitting shoes is a common cause; bunions can also develop if you have inherited a faulty foot structure. If your parents or grandparents had a foot type susceptible to the development of bunions or actually had bunions, you may have the same foot type that is vulnerable as well.

    Knowing what kind of feet your parents have actually helps with your decision-making. If you know your feet may be prone to developing bunions, you can wear appropriate shoes and take proper precautions to ensure bunions do not form or slow down their progression.

    If you are concerned about developing bunions or have bunions that are painful, please contact Dr. Danciger and make an appointment today. Visit our homepage or call our podiatric office at (760) 568-0108.