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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  • How long does a broken ankle take to heal?

    Recovery time for a broken ankle can vary quite a bit, depending on a variety of factors. Some of these include the severity of the initial injury, type of treatment performed, your age and health status, your ability to rest and perform physical therapy and rehab, and more.

    A good estimate for most broken ankles is 1-2 months of healing, followed by several more months of rehab designed to restore strength, balance, and range of motion. Simple fractures (where the bones more or less remain in place) generally heal faster and more successfully than more complicated fractures (which bones may be displaced or broken into smaller pieces).

    Whatever the recovery time may be, the important thing is to give yourself the time and dedication you need to achieve full healing and a complete recovery. To that end, it’s important to find the right podiatrist to help you get there. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger today for an appointment. You can reach our Palm Desert, CA office online, or by calling 760-568-0108.

  • Do I need surgery for a Heel Bone Fracture?

    If you have a heel bone fracture, it may require surgery, but not always. It depends on the severity of the injury.  If it is a small fracture, you may only need a cast, but if it’s a more serious break, a surgical procedure will likely be required. Typically this entails inserting a metal plate with screws to correct the alignment of the bone. 

    Through use of x-rays, your podiatrist will be able to evaluate your injury and recommend an appropriate treatment option. Whether surgery or not, you will have to stop all weight-bearing activities until the bone has time to heal.

    If you are suffering from a heel bone fracture, call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment today.  Our office is located in Palm Desert CA, or you can visit us online. A break in your heel bone can be debilitating, but with our help you’ll be back on your feet before you know it.

  • What are symptoms of a stress fracture in the forefoot?

    Stress fractures develop over time.  They are not typically the result of an injury.  Most stress fractures result from an increase in activity level, either from increasing the intensity or duration of exercise or by starting a program and doing too much too soon after being inactive.


    Stress fractures of the metatarsals are commonly seen and may start as an aching in the forefoot area.  Not so bad when you get up but increases in pain and discomfort as the day goes on.  The foot will tend to swell during the day also.  In the morning you may not notice the foot swollen at all, but as you are on your foot the swelling increases and so does the pain.  You may not be able to see the tendons going into the toes due to swelling.  The pain may progress from an annoying ache to a sharp pain, even though you can put weight and walk on the foot.


    Early diagnosis is important to get you back on your feet and activities as soon as possible.  Give us a call and let us help you get back to exercising as soon as possible.

  • Do I need surgery for a heel bone fracture?

    The heel bone (calcaneus) plays a very important role and a heel bone fracture can be quite serious and painful. It usually occurs from a high-energy impact or collision—a car crash, severe fall, or even a certain movement in a sports game. Swelling, bruising, pain, and an inability to walk on the injured foot are symptoms of a possible fracture.

    Surgery is usually avoidable if the pieces of broken bone have not been displaced. In this case, a cast or other form of immobilization can be used to keep the bones in place while healing. If the broken bones have shifted out of their normal position or the fracture is open and at risk for infection, surgery is often necessary. The type of surgical procedure will be dictated by the extent of your injury, and a more severe injury usually requires a longer recovery period.

    If you suspect a fracture in your foot, don’t wait—call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.

  • Can toes get stress fractures?

    A stress fracture is a tiny break in a bone. It is sometimes called a “hairline” break, and it can absolutely occur in any one of your toes. Your toes are an integral part of creating the motion needed in any movement you do. They help propel you forward and provide balance while standing, walking or running.  Prolonged stress or pressure on your toes can lead to a bone breaking. A stress fracture starts as a small crack, and while it may seem as though having one in a toe isn’t particularly serious, it can worsen if left untreated. A stress fracture can lead to a bone breaking apart completely.

    If you have sustained an injury or have pain, tenderness or limited mobility in your toes, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for proper diagnosis and treatment. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108. 

  • Are lasers good for treating fractures?

    Certain lasers are beneficial in treating fractures.  The MLS laser from Cutting Edge is such a laser.  The treatments can reduce swelling and promote healing of the fracture site.  There is also a reduction in pain as a result of using this laser.  Patients have seen the positive benefits of this form of treatment along with normal fracture care.  They notice a decrease in pain and quicker healing.


    If you have a fracture and are interested in having this laser therapy, make an appointment in our Palm Desert office with Dr. Danciger.

  • What is the difference between a broken and a fractured toe?

    This is a common question we hear and the answer is often misunderstood. When it comes to fractures and breaks, the answer is that there is no difference at all. A fracture is just the medical term for a broken bone. Sometimes a fracture is considered to be a “lesser” injury, often called a hairline break, but the reality is that it is a break, plain and simple. Of course, there can be varying degrees when it comes to broken bones. There are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed, each requiring a different form of treatment.

    This is important to understand because an injury you may consider to be a “minor fracture” is still a broken bone and needs to be evaluated and treated. If you suspect a broken bone in your toe, foot or ankle, do not wait to call Dr. Danciger for diagnosis and treatment. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108. 

  • I stubbed my toe. Is it fractured?

    Whether you bump it on the corner of the coffee table or while getting up in the night, a stubbed toe can have you grabbing your foot in pain. For the most part, the pain will subside over time and there isn’t much damage done. However, there are some symptoms to watch for when diagnosing a possible fracture.

    If you have stubbed your toe, we would encourage you to contact Dr. Harvey Danciger if your pain persists more than a few hours, or your toe is painful to stand on, has discoloration that continues for a few days, swelling that is not going down, bleeding, or an abnormal appearance. It is quite possible that you can continue walking on a fractured toe, which could further compromise your injury. Please contact our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 if you have any concerns about an injured toe to ensure you receive timely treatment.