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 surgery for capsulitis?

    In some cases surgery may be required to alleviate pain in toes from capsulitis, depending on your condition. However, most of the time conservative treatments work just fine.

    In the early stages, before the toe shifts out of place and begins to cross over the neighboring toe, simple, noninvasive approaches can successfully reduce your pain and address the underlying factors causing the discomfort. These approaches can include rest and ice, buddy taping, toe splints, metatarsal padding, and custom orthotics.

    However, once the toe begins to drift, it can only be returned to its original position via surgery. The exact procedure selected will vary depending on your situation, although a typical operation will involve shortening or repositioning bones in order to fundamentally correct a foot deformity and relieve pressure on the capsular ligaments.

    For tough toe and forefoot pain, trust your feet to Palm Desert podiatrist Dr. Harvey Danciger, DPM. Whether you need surgery, splints, or just a new pair of shoes, he’ll help you get back on your feet. Set up an appointment by calling (760) 568-0108 today.

  • What does recovery from foot surgery involve?

    We encounter foot problems on a regular basis that do not respond to conservative treatment or are too severe in nature and require surgical treatment. We guide each patient who has to have surgery through every step of the process. The recovery process after foot surgery will vary depending on the nature of the surgery and the area of the foot that was worked on.

    The first thing after surgery will most likely be a set time that is guarded weight bearing possibly in a post op shoe, or can be non-weight bearing. This is very important to follow as your foot is in the initial healing stages. Putting weight on the foot too soon can cause an improper healing and slow the recovery time. For three to four days afterwards, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. We will help you manage this appropriately to keep you comfortable. Resting and keeping your foot elevated will help keep pain and swelling down. Icing is also helpful to control pain and should be applied for 10-15 minutes and then off for the same amount of time. When you are able to return to work will depend on the type of job you have and they type of surgery you had. It may be necessary to take 3-4 weeks off to give your foot adequate time to heal possible longer depending on the type of surgery performed. Some patients can return using crutches, a walker or a “knee scooter.”

    Going into surgery involves realistic expectations for how your life will be afterwards. We will help you each step of the way, but it may require a few sacrifices to ensure your foot gets back to full health. Please call Dr. Harvey Danciger if you have any questions about surgery or if you have a foot condition that needs treatment. Make an appointment online or call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.

  • When is foot surgery necessary?

    There are times after an acute traumatic injury, or when a condition has become severe in nature, that surgery is a necessary part of treatment. At our office, we do everything we can to begin with conservative treatment methods, but situations do arise when surgical intervention is recommended to provide our patients with relief from their foot pain and to bring their feet or ankles back to full health.

    We consider surgery after conservative methods have been tried. One of the more common situations where this may happen involves patients with severe bunions. When a bunion has progressed in size or severity and will not respond to other treatments, we offer surgery as a way to realign the big toe. This helps patients walk more easily and wear shoes more comfortably and can ease their persistent discomfort. Hammertoe is another common foot deformity that can be resolved with surgery. Toes can become rigid and fixed into their bent position over time. Surgery can release and straighten the affected toes. A rupture to an Achilles tendon usually involves surgery to fully repair the torn tendon. Heel pain and neuromas sometimes require surgery as well to relieve pain in the foot.

    If you have been living with chronic pain and have tried several treatment methods with no success, contact Palm Desert podiatrist, Dr. Harvey Danciger to discuss whether surgery is an option for you. If it is necessary, our caring staff can answer all of your questions and will guide you every step of the way. Make an appointment today by calling our office at (760) 568-0108.

  • How can I treat leg pain and numbness?

    Excruciating leg pain and numbness can result from nerves that are blocked or compressed.  This nerve blocking can happen as a result of trauma, diabetes or abnormal anatomy. Simply put, peripheral nerves in your body travel through tunnels on route to their final destination. If the tunnel is too tight or the nerve gets enlarged, it is compressed and squeezed.

    Nerve Decompression Surgery

    When nerve fibers are compressed and deprived of blood, it causes pain and swelling in the area. A way to relieve this pain is to perform surgery that alleviates the compression on the nerve. After finding the affected nerve, Dr. Danciger surgically releases the surrounding tissue that is putting pressure on the nerve. This reestablishes blood flow and function to the nerve, resulting in the alleviation of pain.

    If you are experiencing pain, numbness or tingling in your feet, make an appointment with Dr. Danciger. He will be able to diagnose if your symptoms are stemming from a compressed nerve and recommend appropriate treatment options. It is highly encouraged that you seek treatment immediately if you are experiencing these symptoms and have diabetes. Call our office today at (760) 568-0108 or schedule an appointment online.