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 do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

    Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia – a band of fibrous tissue that runs lengthwise along the bottom of the foot and helps support the foot arch. When this tissue is inflamed, you will likely feel a sharp, shooting pain in the bottom of your heel(s) that accompanies your first steps in the morning.

    As you walk around throughout the day, the pain may subside, but don’t make the mistake of thinking the condition is improved. Performing your normal activities—especially if you exercise on a regular basis—doesn’t allow the tissue to heal, and can actually lead to further damage. Instead, you need to make sure you have a treatment plan in place. The good news is we can help!

    If you have heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and have not been able to find the relief you need, give the office of Harvey R. Danciger, DPM a call at (760) 568-0108. We’ll help you find solutions to your heel pain – possibly even with the use of our advanced laser therapy! Contact us today for more information!

  • 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.

  • Why is a night splint more effective than stretching for plantar fasciitis?

    A night splint has given my patients better results in a quicker time than stretching, for the care of heel pain and plantar fasciitis, for a few reasons.  First of all, when people are instructed on stretching and how many times to do the stretches, it is the exception that the person actually does the stretches correctly and for the proper time period.  Secondly, when people stretch they can overdue the stretch and cause injury to the tissues.  Thirdly, the natural tendency when stretching is to resist the stretch so fewer results is noticed.



    A night splint, which is worn at night, is used when the body is relaxed and the tissues are not resisting the stretch.  This allows a better response to the force over a longer period of time and quicker results occur.  The patients who use the night splints typically notice results in the first few days.


    If you are having heel pain call Palm Desert Podiatrist, Harvey Danciger, DPM for an appointment and treatment.

  • Why are night splints better than stretching?

    Stretching can help relieve the symptoms of heel pain over time.  The problem is that patients do not stretch properly and often enough as directed, thus causing a delay in treatment response and lessening of pain.  A night splint works better by allowing the muscles to stretch properly while you sleep, for a longer period of time, without a normal reaction of trying to push back against the stretch which happens when you are awake.

    If you are having heel pain, contact Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, California to help alleviate your discomfort and get relief. Call us today at (760) 568-0108.

  • What is a night splint?

    A night splint is a device worn while you sleep that helps stretch certain muscles and ligaments in the leg and foot. 


    This form of treatment gives quicker and better results in the relief of pain than traditional stretching exercises.  Patients respond faster with noticing relief of the sharp, stabbing heel pain they get when they take the first steps in the morning.

    For relief of that sharp pain in the heel, give us a call so we can help get you back on your feet quickly.



  • Is my heel spur causing my heel pain?

    Heel spurs are typically not the cause of heel pain. You develop a heel spur; which is a portion of bone across the bottom of the calcaneus, or heel bone, from too much pressure or stress from the plantar fascia.  This is the ligament like structure that attaches from the heel to the ball of the foot.  As it becomes tight or stretched at the attachment into the heel, often new bone forms and results in a heel spur.  Heel spurs can become painful if they are fractured or cracked; otherwise they are typically not painful.

    If you are having persistent heel pain, come see us for the diagnosis and treatment options.  There is no reason to suffer. Call Harvey R. Danciger at (760) 568-0108.

  • Can flat feet be corrected?

    The term flat feet refers to a very common foot condition where the arches of the foot have collapsed. You would feel the entire sole of your foot on the floor while standing up. It can occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood, after an injury, or simply from the wear and tear on our feet as we age.

    It is usually a painless condition, and no treatment is usually necessary if you don’t have any pain associated with it. This abnormal foot structure can lead to foot pain and impact the health of your ankles, knees and hips as well. When this is the case, there are several ways to treat the condition and improve symptoms, but it is generally not completely correctable in the sense of creating an arch back into the foot.

    When a flat foot develops later in life, the arch can be strengthened to slow down the progression of the collapse. Supportive footwear, orthotics, taping, physical therapy and weight loss are treatment options to help painful flat feet. If this condition involves torn or damaged tendons, surgery can be performed to correct that problem and bring normal functioning back to the foot.

    If you have pain stemming from flat feet, please contact our office today to discuss a treatment plan that will relieve your symptoms. Call Dr. Danciger at (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment directly from our homepage.

  • How should I care for my feet after standing all day?

    There are times when you can’t avoid being on your feet all day. Waiters, service workers, construction workers, and grocery clerks are in occupations where there usually is no choice but to stand all day.

    Whether you have a job that demands it, you have played tourist all day, or you have walked the mall with your kids, there are ways to ease the aches and pains that can develop. One of the best things you can do if you have pain after standing all day is to take a look at the shoes you were wearing. Feet are designed to withstand a great amount of stress, but a shoe with little support and cushioning will lead to pain and possible injury. Wear shoes that fit your feet well. Avoid high heels, and if you have a job that requires standing, talk to Dr. Danciger about how a pair of custom orthotics can dramatically ease your symptoms.

    When it is too late and the aches have begun, get off your feet. A little elevation will help to reduce swelling and a warm foot soak can ease sore muscles. A golf ball or a frozen water bottle is a great tool to massage feet as you roll it under your arches.

    Your foot pain could be due to a problem you are not aware of. If your problems are becoming chronic and are interfering with your day, please call Dr. Danciger for help. Request an appointment directly from our homepage or call our office at (760) 568-0108.

  • Is a bone spur causing the back of my heel pain?

    Pain in the back of the heel can be caused by an enlargement of bone in this area.  This may be an enlargement of the heel bone, called Haglund's deformity.  This can also be a heel spur where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back of the heel. Oftentimes the Achilles tendon is tight causing a pulling on the back of the heel bone during walking or other physical activity. This increased tension causes the spur to form.  Pressure from the shoe on the spur causes irritation and pain, as well as redness and swelling. Even wearing an open backed shoe does not always relieve the stiffness and discomfort.

    If the pressure or pain is causing you problems with daily activities, call Dr. Danciger for further treatment. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment. We are located in Palm Desert, CA in the Coachella Valley.  Why suffer when relief is a phone call away?


  • Why will prescription orthotic devices work when others have not?

    Our orthotic devices are a total contact type of orthosis.  They are made to conform to your foot to enable the most correction available.  This takes the stress off the foot during walking and standing, allowing your feet to function properly and relieve pain and stress.  Many patients have told us that they feel an immediate difference when using these orthotic devices compared to ones they used in the past.

    For orthotic devices which will help relieve your pain, call Dr. Danciger for further treatment. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment. We are located in Palm Desert, CA in the Coachella Valley.

  • Why does my heel hurt more in the morning or after sitting for a while?

    Most heel pain is caused by tightness of the band of tissue going from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot.  When you stand, this tissue is stretched causing some fibers to tear.  This results in bleeding and pain.  When you are off your foot for a while this tissue, the plantar fascia, contracts because it is tight.  When you step down on your foot the fibers pull apart again due to the tightness causing pain and inflammation.  This will usually ease up after you are on your feet for a certain period of time, 10 to 15 minutes, due to increased blood flow to the area and increasing warmth to the tissue; making it more elastic.  Then the entire process repeats itself all over again when you get off your foot.

    If the pressure or pain becomes severe, you will need to call Dr. Danciger for further treatment.  The sooner care is started by your podiatrist, the quicker the results.  Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment. 

  • Why do my heels feel better when I wear high heeled shoes?

    When you wear high heels, this takes the strain off the Achilles tendon, thus not causing the pressure to the bottom of the heel.  The foot does not have to adjust for the tightness by causing the foot to roll inward, putting a strain on the heel and ligament under the heel, causing pressure and heel and arch pain.

    If the pressure or pain becomes severe, you will need to call Dr. Danciger for further treatment. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment. 

  • How does laser therapy work?

    At our podiatric office, we strive to provide our patients with the most effective and state-of-the-art treatment options available. Laser therapy is helping our patients on a regular basis find relief from their foot pain and problems.

    Laser treatments use wavelengths of light that target specific tissues to promote healing. The laser draws oxygen, nutrients and blood flow to a damaged area to begin the repair process. It is very effective with conditions that cause swelling and inflammation such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. It can reduce scar tissue, improve nerve function and close wounds with no discomfort during the treatment or side effects afterwards. The treatments are quick and the number of sessions required is dictated by the severity of your foot problem.

    If you would like to know more about laser therapy or whether it would be an appropriate treatment option for your symptoms, you can call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.