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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  • Does burning in the balls of the feet mean I have neuropathy?

    The short answer is possibly.  Not all burning in the feet is a sign of neuropathy, however.  If there is a burning or hot sensation noted under the ball of the foot or feet, not present when you get up in the morning but noticed after being on your feet for some time, then this may be a sign of other problems and not neuropathy.

    Recently we have seen patients coming into the office with this complaint stating they have neuropathy and their M.D. and at times the neurologist, after being given many different types of medications with no relief, state there is nothing else that can be done.  Upon examination in our office, some of these people have problems with tight muscles in their legs causing them to compensate for this by over pronating their feet which results in increased pressure and friction to the balls of the feet resulting in the burning feelings.  By placing a pad on their foot to remove the pressure, we can see if their symptoms decrease.  If the sensations do decrease then conservative care with orthotics has been helpful along with stretching exercises.

    If you are having nerve problems in the lower extremities, give Harvey R. Danciger, DPM a call at 760-568-0108.

  • Is it possible to have neuropathy without diabetes?

    Although peripheral neuropathy is very commonly associated with diabetes—it’s one of the most frequent, and most potentially destructive, complications that can arise from the condition—it can be caused by other factors as well.

    Other causes include, but are not limited to:

    • Alcohol abuse
    • Trauma from injuries or repetitive motions
    • Medical conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, bone marrow disorders, and others
    • Vitamin deficiencies, particularly of nerve-nourishing nutrients such as complex-B vitamins, Vitamin E, and niacin
    • Benign or malignant tumors that form on or adjacent to nerve tissue
    • Reactions to certain medications or toxins

    If you meet any of the above criteria—or even if you don’t—it’s still a good idea to set an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger to address any concerns you may have about tingling feet or peripheral neuropathy. He will provide a full examination, making any diagnoses as necessary, and help you put together the best treatment plan to address your situation. You can reach us online, or by calling 760-568-0108 today.

  • Are medications the only way to treat neuropathy?

    Many of my patients come into the office after seeing numerous doctors, have had nerve conduction testing which they report as normal, and been on medications such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, Neurontin etc, for a long time with no changes noted.  Often the doctor will state there is nothing else that can be done.


    A number of these patients have symptoms of neuropathy secondary to nerve compressions in the lower extremity.  Until the compression is released, nerve symptoms such as burning, tingling, pins and needles, unstable gait and others will not be improved.


    One way to treat this is with laser treatments.  Surgical decompression is also a viable option.


    If you are having nerve problems in the lower extremities, give Harvey R. Danciger, DPM a call at 760-568-0108.

  • What Can Cause Foot Drop?

    Foot drop can be a symptom of different problems.  The degree of weakness for drop foot can be related to the length of time one has had the problem and can result in the weakness being temporary or permanent.


    Some causes of Foot Drop are:


    • Nerve injury and/or compression
    • Spinal cord disorders-injury
    • Brain issues
    • Muscle disorders


    Regarding nerve injury or compression, this is due to the common fibular nerve, previously called the common peroneal nerve, being the nerve mostly involved.  This nerve is situated close under the skin on the outside of the knee and is frequently injured or compressed from diabetes, sports injuries: including ankle sprains or fractures, knee injuries; knee surgeries and other causes such as sitting cross legged or squatting for long periods of time.  This is the nerve, which you may have experienced getting up from a chair after sitting with your legs crossed, and your foot is numb or tingly.


    Let Harvey R. Danciger, DPM help you find out the cause and possible treatment options you may have.

  • What is Foot Drop?

    Foot Drop is when you are not able to lift the front part of your foot upwards.  This can present with problems of dragging your toes during walking and can increase the possibility of falling.  This inability to lift the front of the foot is caused by weakness or a paralysis of the muscles which function to lift the foot.  There are different causes for drop foot and the cause must be determined so the proper treatment can be started.


    If you are experiencing a weakness in the ability to lift the front of your foot, come in for an evaluation and determine the best form of treatment.  Call the office of Palm Desert Podiatrist, Dr.  Harvey Danciger at 760-560-0108, or request an appointment online.

  • Can an injury cause nerve damage to my feet or legs?

    Injuries can be a cause of nerve damage to the foot or leg.  Ankle sprains, foot injuries, knee injuries can cause damage to the nerves and at times a nerve compression.  You may feel funny sensations, tingling, pins and needles, or numbness days, weeks or months after the injury.  It is important to make sure there is no compression on the nerves or the problem may become worse or permanent.

    Our office deals with nerve problems and offers different treatment options depending on the cause.

  • Can tingling in the feet be temporary?

    Yes it is possible.  When there is pressure on the nerve, which can occur when you cross your legs for an extended period of time, this can cause the nerve to cause pins and needles or tingling or numbness when you get up on your foot.  When the pressure is relieved, the symptoms may go away and be temporary.  Full sensation may return.


    If the pressure becomes constant or prolonged, the symptoms may increase and become a troublesome situation.


    If you are having funny sensations in your feet or legs come into the office for an examination and evaluation of your nerves which could be affecting you.  Dr. Danciger can evaluate the different nerves of the lower extremities and determine which, if any are causing the problem.  760-568-0108

  • What are treatments for tingling in the feet?

    Treatment for tingling in the feet first requires a proper diagnosis thru an examination and questioning on your medical health.  This helps to make an accurate diagnosis so treatment can be done.  If the peripheral nerve cells have not been destroyed, there is the possibility they have the capability to regenerate.

    Many of the acquired causes of neuropathy can be improved with treatment.  Treatments for diabetics include good control of blood sugar; people with vitamin deficiencies can benefit with vitamin supplements.  Smoking should be stopped and exercise programs should be instituted.  If the cause is from nerve compression(s), then surgery to decompress the nerves is needed.

    For help with the symptoms of neuropathy, see Palm Desert Podiatrist Harvey R. Danciger, DPM.  You can make an appointment on line or call 760-568-0108

  • What causes a pins and needles feeling in feet?

    A pins and needles feeling in feet can feel like a slight tickle, or for some it could be a painful experience. Sitting with your legs crossed for too long can cause pressure on your nerves and leave you with tingling feet when you stand up. In a situation like this, the episode is over quickly.

    We have treated many patients over the years that have had severe or chronic cases of pins and needles. Sometimes burning, itching and numbness were also present. These symptoms are usually indicative of nerve damage in the feet, a condition called neuropathy. Neuropathy is most often associated with diabetes and develops when high blood sugar levels affect the health of nerves in the feet. There are many cases where tingling in feet was the first sign of the presence of this disease.  These symptoms are also caused by nerve compressions.

    There are a few other reasons this symptom can develop, such as a traumatic injury, a viral or bacterial infection, and exposure to toxins. Increased pressure on the nerves can be another cause; ie when the nerves are bound down too tightly thru various tunnels they go thru in the legs or feet.  If you have persistent pins and needles, it is important to seek medical help to diagnose the cause and get it under control with the right treatment. Depending on the cause, delaying treatment could lead to serious consequences.

    For diagnosis and treatment for this type of symptom or any other foot problem you may be experiencing, call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108. You can also request an appointment online.

  • Why do my feet feel like they are burning?

    This type of foot problem is quite common and our patients often complain that their feet are painfully hot. Symptoms of burning feet can range from mild to severe and can interrupt your job, daily activities and even your sleep. Some people also have numbness or a pins and needles feeling associated with the heat as well.

    There are several reasons why your feet feel like this. It could be because your feet are tired from standing or being in poor-fitting footwear all day. It could also be a symptom of nerve damage if you have diabetes, or be due to an Athlete’s foot infection, a compressed nerve, chronic kidney failure or alcoholism to name a few.

    This is typically not a foot condition you want to leave untreated. Dr. Harvey Danciger will be able to evaluate whether the root of the burning sensation is something minor or major. If the burning started all of a sudden, is becoming more intense, or if you have an infected wound, contact our office immediately. You can make an appointment online or call our office at (760) 568-0108.

  • What is peripheral neuropathy?

    Peripheral neuropathy is a disease involving nerves in the body that carry messages to the brain and spinal cord.  There are several conditions that can result in damage to these nerves such as traumatic injury, alcoholism, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin deficiencies and kidney or thyroid disease. All of these conditions impact the ability of nerves to communicate, impair muscle movement and limit normal sensations. 

    Feet often fall victim to this type of nerve damage, which often causes a “pins and needles” or burning sensation. Neuropathy is a common side effect of diabetes as high blood sugar levels can damage nerves in the feet. Symptoms range from mild to severe and for some can be disabling. To protect feet and ensure long-term foot health, treatment and prevention must be a priority. 

    If you have any loss of sensation in your feet, or have tingling, burning or pain, please seek care as soon as possible, especially if you have diabetes. Call our office today at (760) 568 - 0108 to make an appointment with Dr. Danciger.