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 still run with shin splints?

    Unfortunately, the best advice for people with shin splints is to stop running entirely for a few weeks (or months) so that the pain can subside and your body can fully heal. We know this is difficult, especially for “hardcore” runners (the kind of people for whom “only” 20 miles a week seems like “rest”), but your body needs time. Continuing the activity that caused the initial discomfort will prevent healing.

    While running is off the table for a while, stay active with low-impact exercises. If you have access to a pool, go for a swim or do some water running. Alternatively, try going for a nice bike ride. Activities such as these help you maintain cardiovascular fitness while protecting your still-healing shins.

    If you’re suffering from shin splints, set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger in Palm Desert, CA today. You may benefit from custom orthotics, laser therapy, or other treatment methods designed to reduce pain or correct contributing issues. You can contact us online or dial 760-568-0108.

  • What are signs and symptoms of sesamoiditis?

    Sesamoiditis is one of those common sports injuries that many people do not know much about. Your feet have little bones in them, called sesamoids, that can become irritated and lead to pain in the forefoot area. When this overuse injury happens, usually from activities like dancing or running, it is important to stop the aggravating activity and visit our office.

    Some of the signs and symptoms of sesamoiditis to look out for include tenderness in the ball of your foot, restricted movement of the big toe, and a persistent, dull pain that develops gradually. The pain will be located in the ball of your foot and will either come or go depending on activity and your choice in footwear. Swelling and bruising may be present, but not in all cases.

    If you are experiencing these conditions, make an appointment with our Palm Desert, CA office so that you can receive a proper diagnosis from Harvey R. Danciger, DPM. He will get to the bottom of your foot pain and provide expert treatment so you can live life without restriction. Call (760) 568-0108 or schedule an appointment today!

  • What are common sports injuries in feet?

    It is estimated that 15 percent of athletic injuries are to the foot alone. The most common sports injuries to feet are the result of trauma or direct impact. These include fractures and sprains, broken toes, and turf toe.

    Other frequent injuries are often the result of overuse, overly intense training, use of improper footwear, or abnormalities in the shape of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that may result from overtraining, but stress fractures along the foot and sesamoiditis in the ball of the foot can also cause plenty of trouble.

    Sometimes an injury just comes as part of growing up. Sever’s disease often causes pain in the heels of athletes between 8-15 years of age due to a rapid growth spurt.

    Whatever the cause of your sports injury, Dr. Harvey Danciger, DPM, has the experience and know-how to offer the best treatments for your condition. Call his Palm Desert office at (760) 568-0108 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.

  • What injuries can be caused by underpronation?

    Our feet are designed to have a normal degree of pronation, which is when the foot rolls inward slightly with each step. Underpronation, which is also called supination, is a condition in which the foot does not roll in enough. This causes a small area on the outside of your foot to bear the majority of your weight and stress each time your foot strikes the ground. It is a minor adjustment in your gait, but it can lead to stress on your lower extremities and possible injuries. The extra stress on the foot from this condition can cause conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band syndrome, stress fractures, shin splints, metatarsalgia, and muscle strains and sprains.

    The best way to tell if you have this foot condition is having a gait analysis to get an accurate understanding of your walking style and foot structure. Footwear choices and orthotics are effective treatment options for preventing injuries. If you are concerned about pronation or have unexplained foot pain, contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM at (760) 568-0108. 

  • How can I prevent shin splints?

    Shin splints are a common injury that can affect athletes or just the average person who had to run to catch a bus. The pain along or behind the shinbone stems from excessive force or pressure to the bone and to the tissues that attach muscle to the bone.

    If you have dealt with this problem before or want to avoid it entirely, there are a few easy preventive measures you can try. If going out to exercise, do a five to ten minute warm-up before jumping right in. Then you can add in some exercises that specifically target the shin area. An example would be a heel drop on step. Stand with both feet on the edge of a step. Put the toes of one foot on the edge and lower that heel a few inches below the step. Hold for 30 seconds and then switch feet. Secondly, address your footwear. If you run regularly, your shoes should be replaced every 350-500 miles. It may benefit your foot health and help to avoid shin splints to wear a pair of custom orthotics.

    If you are unable to stop this type of pain from occurring, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Harvey Danciger. You can make an appointment online or by calling our office at (760) 568-0108.

  • What is turf toe?

    The name “turf toe” came about as athletes in different sports who played on artificial turf were prone to injuring their big toe joint. This injury occurs when the big toe becomes sprained from running, jumping, landing, quick turns or being jammed into the ground. Athletes involved in football, soccer, basketball, baseball and gymnastics are particularly at risk for this toe problem.

    While it involves a small toe in relation to the rest of the body, it can cause significant pain and sideline a player indefinitely while it heals. When the ligaments of the toe are hyper-extended, it is common to experience pain, swelling, bruising and limited mobility. Symptoms can be similar despite varying degrees of severity, which makes it important to have toe pain looked at to understand the extent of the injury and receive the right treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Danciger if toe pain has you hobbling after a game or has sidelined you permanently. The right treatment will help avoid further injury. Call our office today at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment.

  • Will stretching help my Achilles tendon problem?

    Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and is essential when walking, running and jumping. It attaches your calf to your heel and when injured can result in significant pain.

    If your Achilles tendon has been injured or stressed from overuse or an acute injury, stretching exercises at home can be very effective in alleviating pain and strengthening the tendon. To avoid further injury though, we highly encourage you to seek diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Danciger to understand the severity of your condition and the safety of stretching exercises. With his approval, some effective exercises might include:

    • Stand at the edge of a stair and allow the back half of your heel to lower off the edge. Lift up on your toes and then lower your heels back down again. Repeat 20 times.
    • While sitting, extend affected leg in front of you with your heel on the floor. Reach down and pull your big toe up and back towards you and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times several times a day.

    If you are nursing an Achilles injury back to health, make the effort to also avoid high impact activities that will aggravate the tendon even further. If you need treatment or find these exercises too painful, make an appointment to see Dr. Danciger. You can call our podiatric office at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment directly online.