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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Can I exercise with neuropathy?
Yes, you can exercise with neuropathy—and you should. Regular exercise is a critical part of managing and treating the disease. It supplies the damaged nerves with oxygen and nutrients, plus it helps manage medical conditions (diabetes, obesity, nutritional deficiency, etc.) that cause the neuropathy in the first place.
However, your exercises should be chosen carefully to avoid accidental injury. Numb feet that can’t report pain to the brain are at high risk, and the consequences of a festering wound or injury are very high.
Do not begin any exercise program without consulting us first. We can help you select effective, safe, low-impact exercises and stretches to use. This will help you gain the benefits of exercise for your neuropathy while minimizing the risk of unintended consequences. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger, give us a call today at (760) 568-0108.
Why am I unable to move my big toe upwards recently?
There may be many reasons why you are not able to move your big toe upwards, especially if it happens over a period of time. You may notice that it becomes difficult to walk because you may hear your foot slapping down on the ground, or you are tripping over your foot. The fear of falling limits your activities.
One cause, which can often be overlooked, may be an injury or compression of one of the nerves that goes to the big toe and foot and helps you bring the toe upwards and the foot upwards. These nerves are the common fibular nerve and the deep fibular nerve. Simple examinations done in the office can help determine if these nerves are involved. A simple test, a diagnostic nerve block, can be given and many times after a few minutes, you may notice you are able to move the toe, where before there was no motion. This can then help determine the best treatment options for you so you can get back on your feet again and doing many of the activities you once did.
Why suffer from not being able to become active again due to the fear of falling. Give our office a call at 760-568-0108 to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation of you nerve problem or make an appointment online.
What are the different types of arthritis?
Arthritis isn’t just one condition; the catch-all term encompasses dozens of different individual conditions, diseases, and disorders. The one thing they all have in common? Joint pain.
Some of the most common types include:
- Osteoarthritis, caused by normal wear and tear of the cartilage in the joint over many years.
- Post-traumatic arthritis, which results from a specific injury, possibly years later.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, in which your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of your own joints, leading to inflammation and pain.
- Gout, painful inflammation of a joint (usually the base of the big toe) stemming from the body’s inability to sufficiently filter uric acid from the bloodstream.
- Lupus, another auto-immune disorder (like rheumatoid arthritis) but more serious, and which may affect many other systems besides the joints.
- Fibromyalgia, a condition where abnormalities in nerve function lead to increased sensitivity to pain and pressure.
Regardless of what’s causing your joint pain, lifestyle modification and medical therapies—both surgical and conservative—may be able to help you manage symptoms, minimize pain, and maximize mobility and quality of life. To find out what options are available for your arthritis, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA by calling 760-568-0108.
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
Fungal toenail infections are stubborn things. Even once the fungus has been eradicated, it can still take months for the distorted, yellow toenail to fully grow out and off. That’s why prevention is the best strategy by far.
In order to prevent fungus, keep your feet clean and dry, and avoid contact as much as possible with surfaces at high risk for contamination. Warm, moist, public surfaces, like locker rooms and showers, are fungus breeding grounds, so always bring a pair of sandals or shower shoes—never go barefoot. Change socks regularly and give shoes a chance to dry out completely (rotate through at least two pairs daily) so that fungus can’t build a home there, either. Putting antifungal powder in your shoes overnight is another good strategy.
When toenail fungus comes to roost, give Harvey Danciger, DPM a call right away. These infections do not go away on their own and home care is almost always ineffective, but an experienced podiatrist can help you eradicate these pesky invaders for good. To schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA office, call us at 760-568-0108 today.
Can I still exercise with arthritis?
As a matter of fact, exercising is strongly recommended for sufferers of arthritis. The more you strengthen the muscles and tissues that support your joints, they more they can shield them from further damage and keep them functioning as well as possible.
You have to be smart, though. High-impact exercise, like running, basketball, and other sports with lots of running and jumping may not be safe for you if your feet and ankle joints have already suffered wear and tear. To get your heart rate up, try low-impact aerobics—swimming and cycling are great options—and if you’re stuck inside, a quick Internet search for low-impact cardio will provide plenty of workout videos for all skill levels. We also recommend stretching exercises (to keep your joints limber and improve range of motion) as well as weight-training (to improve stability and protect joints).
Before you launch into any exercise plan, set up an appointment with Harvey Danciger, DPM. He can help you determine what kinds of exercises are safe to perform, and whether or not you might benefit from other treatments or therapies for your arthritis. Give our office a call at (760) 568-0108 today.
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?
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.
Why do I have a bump on my arch?
If you have noticed a bump on your arch about midway on your foot, you may have a benign growth called a plantar fibroma. The plantar fascia ligament inside your foot can grow an extra cell mass that is visible as a small lump and can be felt and seen under your arch. It is believed to be hereditary, but no gene for it has been identified.
If it hurts when you put pressure on your foot, try icing to relieve the pain. Other things such as cysts, nerve tumors, or scar tissue can also cause a lump, so come in and let Harvey R. Danciger, DPM diagnose the exact reason for your symptoms. We can design a custom orthotic that removes pressure from the area or use laser therapy to reduce your pain. Stop wondering, “What is this bump on my arch?” Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment on our website.