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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  • What is a Jones fracture?

    A Jones fracture is a break in the long bone, 5th metatarsal, behind the little toe.  This occurs in an area that does not have an abundant blood supply and can result in more difficulty in healing.  It can be a result of a sudden injury or a result of repetitive stress over a period of time.  Symptoms can range from swelling, pain, discomfort, black and blue to the skin and difficulty walking.  One may feel a bruised feeling in the area.


    Treatment may involve immobilization in a cast, possible bone stimulation to help promote healing, or surgery if the bone fragments are out of alignment or do not heal properly.


    If you have pain on the outside of the foot, let Harvey R. Danciger, DPM examine and evaluate the problem.  You can contact our office in Palm Desert, CA, by dialing (760) 568-0108 or schedule an appointment online.

  • Why can’t I keep my New Year’s Resolution to exercise?

    Many people have lofty goals to begin an exercise program starting January 1st.  Most do not carry this through past the first few weeks.  Are you one of them?  Is the reason because you went all out the first week and then you started to have pains in your feet, ankles or legs so decided to stop?


    Exercise is of great value to maintaining good health.  You need to start sensibly and alternate days in the beginning.  Do not increase your time or mileage by more than 10% a week and if you are having pain during exercise, stop.


    Dr. Danciger is here to help keep you exercising pain free.  Call now for your appointment so he can get you on the road to good health.  760-568-0108 or request an appointment online.

  • What are the most common sporting injuries to the foot and ankle?

    You don’t have to be a professional or accomplished athlete to experience a foot or ankle injury. A quick pickup game in the backyard or being a weekend warrior puts you at risk for a variety of injuries. The reason for this is simple – in most sports, there are heavy stresses and demands put on the lower extremities. Overuse in training, an acute injury during a game and poor footwear could all lead to foot pain or an injury.

    At our office in Palm Desert, CA we treat athletes and sports enthusiasts of all ages on a regular basis. There are several common injuries that we see and treat more than others. These include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, blisters, Athlete’s foot, ingrown toenails, turf toe, ankle sprains, fractures, neuromas, metatarsalgia and sesamoiditis.

    Even a minor problem can take you out of enjoying a sport that you love. Don’t stay sidelined for long – quick treatment often means a quick recovery and the best chance at keeping your feet healthy in the long run. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Harvey Danciger with any questions or for treatment. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment online.

  • How can I prevent foot injury?

    Your feet are amazingly complex structures with 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments in each foot. Foot pain is never normal, but while feet are designed to withstand an extreme amount of stress, your decisions can often subject them to more than they can handle.

    Avoid foot injury first by taking a good look at the kinds of shoes you are wearing. There are numerous injuries we see and conditions that develop that are caused or aggravated by footwear. Avoid flip-flops that offer no support and high heels with pointed toes that squeeze toes and put feet into a position that will undoubtedly cause pain over time. If you are an athlete, wear the right shoe for the right sport and in every case, always wear shoes that fit your feet properly and are comfortable.

    A second way to prevent injury is to pay attention to early warning signs. This is especially important for someone with diabetes, as minor problems can quickly turn major. Observe changes in your skin, toenails and foot structure. Seek treatment early  - as soon as symptoms are noticed. This puts you ahead of the game and prevents symptoms from worsening and injuries from occurring in the future.

    If you need some advice on footwear for your feet or have a symptom you now know needs to be evaluated, please contact Harvey R. Danciger DPM today. You can make an appointment by calling our Palm Desert office at (760) 568-0108.

  • What is the Achilles tendon?

    The Achilles tendon, also called the tendo calcaneus, is the thickest and strongest tendon in the entire human body.  It goes down the back of the leg and is usually about 6 inches long.  The narrowest area is about 1.5 inches above the site of attachment into the back of the heel and is the location of many injuries to the tendon.

  • What is Achilles Tendinitis?

    Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that forms in the back of the lower leg and attaches to the back of the heel.

    This condition is frequently seen in weekend athletes who just exercise on the weekends and overdue it.  Runners, who increase their training mileage and/or intensity to quickly, also are prone to this injury.

    If you start to feel a mild ache in the back of the leg or by the back of the heel after exercising, this may be the start of Achilles tendinitis.  The pain may become worse if the symptoms are ignored and exercise continues.

    You might also experience stiffness, especially in the morning, which may improve with mild activity.

    If you experience persistent pain around the Achilles tendon, give Dr. Danciger a call at (760) 568-0108. Seek immediate medical attention if the pain or disability is severe or if there is a gap in the tendon.

  • What is Freiberg's disease?

    Freiberg's disease is a rare condition that often develops in young people who are active in sports, most commonly in females.  The exact cause of this condition is unknown but it typically results in pain in the forefoot. The 2nd metatarsal head is a bone in the ball of the foot behind the second toe. Excessive pressure in this area can lead to a disruption of blood flow to the tip of the toe, resulting in pain. Young athletes who are involved in activities that have them on their toes such as sprinting or jumping are at risk for this type of foot pain.

    Rest, avoiding activities that aggravate the foot may help resolve the pain but there are cases where surgery is needed to bring health and function back to the foot. If your child is complaining of pain in the ball of their foot, especially during activity, please have Dr. Danciger, podiatrist in Coachella Valley, evaluate your child’s foot to start appropriate treatment. Make an appointment today by calling (760) 568-0108 or scheduling an appointment online.

  • Can I wear orthotics while playing sports?

    Absolutely. Athletes in many different sports benefit from the use of orthotics. Most sports put a lot of stress on feet and ankles. Orthotics stabilize and support your feet, absorb shock, improve foot control, help prevent injury and can improve your performance as well.

    Dr. Danciger can provide custom orthotics that are molded specifically to your foot structure. Wearing custom orthotics in your shoes keep your feet supported where they need to be and help them function well despite the stress being put on them. If you have an underlying condition such as flat feet or high arches, orthotics are also highly effective in protecting your feet during activity from fatigue, pain and injury.

    If you have been playing with pain or are concerned about how your current orthotics may affect your performance, talk to Dr. Danciger. He can assess your foot condition and activity level and either provide custom orthotics or answer any questions you may have. Call our podiatric office at (760) 568-0108 or schedule an appointment online.