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The nerve of that nerve!

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a common foot and ankle condition that can cause pain in the feet

Dec 28th, 2021
Doc, can you shorten my toe please?

Foot surgery can provide many benefits including pain relief, improved shoe fitting, improved function and yes, improved appearance. But what if the only concern is improving the appearance of the foot?

Dec 8th, 2021
Walking on hot coals?

Some of my patients who have peripheral neuropathy have told me that this is how their feet felt. Others have reported tingling, numbness or cold feeling.

Oct 27th, 2021
See me before its too late!

One of the most frustrating things for medical practitioners is to have a patient come in with a serious complication that could have been prevented or at the very least addressed early, before it got really bad. It happens all too often.

Sep 21st, 2021
The Main Cause of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown nails may develop for many reasons and some cases are congenital, because the nail is just too large for the toe. They can also be caused by trauma and ill fitting shoes. The most common cause however is improper grooming and trimming of the nail. 

Aug 25th, 2021
How Nutrition Affects Foot Health

Not only does nutrition play a big role in the overall health of the body, but even the development and treatment of certain foot conditions. Eating certain foods has shown to reduce the risk for inflammation and other diseases that can affect your feet.

Aug 23rd, 2021
5 Healthy Habits to Prevent Toenail Fungus

Have you ever had toenail fungus? Toenail fungus is a fungal infection of the nail or nail bed that causes thick, yellow, crumbly nails. Nail fungus can be difficult to get rid of and if left untreated, can lead to a more serious infection.

Aug 18th, 2021
All about Plantar Warts

All about Plantar Warts What are they? Plantar warts are warts on the bottom of the feet caused by Human Papillomavirus(HPV). These warts are flat and firm to the touch and often resemble a cauliflower with black speckles.

Aug 16th, 2021
Running Injuries

Running is one of the most popular and practiced sports in the world, with approximately 60 million people in the U.S. hitting the trails, parks, and streets annually! It is no surprise that running and jogging is one of the main causes for foot injuries.

Aug 2nd, 2021
HyProCure-The solution you have been waiting for

Stop suffering from the side effects of misaligned feet…HyProCure is the solution you have been waiting for! HyProCure is an internal stabilization device that is placed inside the foot. The device is a titanium stent which is placed into the sinus tarsi

Jul 19th, 2021
Debunking 3 Common Foot Myths!

Debunking 3 common foot myths! 1.You can’t walk on a broken foot. As a matter of fact, it can be quite easy to walk on a broken foot. Some broken bones hurt more than others, making it more difficult to walk. What’s most interesting about a broken bone

Jul 12th, 2021
Is It Nerve Pain?

Two of the most well-known and common nerve conditions in the body are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and sciatic nerve pain. If you have had either of these, you know how painful and persistent they can be.

Jun 15th, 2021
Protecting Our Feet From Germs

Much of the devastation caused by the Coronavirus is because of how extremely contagious it is. Certain germs are more contagious than others. And as far as the foot is concerned, fungus and viruses are the two most common germs that lead to problems.

Jun 2nd, 2021
Pain In The Ball Of Your Foot

If you are experiencing pain on the ball of your foot, you may have a common condition we see every day. You may feel like you are walking on a ball or something raised. Women over the age of 40 are most prone to this symptom.

May 27th, 2021
Bunion Surgery Options

Who is this for? People with bunions that may have failed conservative care and are considering surgical treatment.

May 12th, 2021
Conservative Care Options for the Arthritic Foot

What Is Arthritis? Arthritis is a medical term that describes inflammation of a joint; swelling and tenderness are common symptoms. Joints are areas where 2 different bones contact one another.

May 12th, 2021
Is Foot Rest Necessary?

If you stop to think about it, it is rather amazing what our feet do for us throughout our lifetime. Anyone who can get through life unaffected by a foot problem is incredibly lucky.

May 11th, 2021
Bone Spurs

There are many places in the foot where bone spurs can develop. One person might have pain from a spur, while another might not feel anything. Some spurs are obvious, like the ones on the top of the foot, whereas most can’t be seen.

May 7th, 2021
What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common and well-known condition. You or someone you know has probably had it. What isn’t so common, and definitely not known by the majority of people, is a condition called tarsal tunnel syndrome.

May 4th, 2021
Why Can Foot Pain Fluctuate?

Ever wonder why your foot pain can fluctuate from very little to quite intense, but never fully goes away? Have you ever had a sore foot and after a few days of rest, the pain went away?

Apr 27th, 2021
What Is Gout?

Gout is a specific type of arthritis that causes inflammation and pain in one or multiple joints. It often begins suddenly without a warning. The pain can bring you to your knees.

Apr 20th, 2021
Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy

Some good news: many adult foot problems can be prevented with proper foot care throughout childhood. This is especially the case if Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa have had a foot condition.

Apr 13th, 2021
Shoes In The Kitchen?

One of best decisions you can make for your feet is to wear shoes or quality sandals in the kitchen. Going without shoes on a hard surface over the course of time can cause problems.

Apr 6th, 2021
Soft Tissue Injuries

Since the start of the pandemic, we have been happy to see many people exercising more, getting outside in all seasons, and taking up new routines. If you are someone whose activity level has changed in some way, we want to share a word of caution that co

Mar 23rd, 2021
Could That Foot Problem Be Diabetes?

There are many conditions that can show up in the feet as a result of diabetes. Although we can’t diagnose diabetes just by looking at the feet, there are signs and symptoms that indicate the possibility.

Mar 16th, 2021
Caution With Oversized Running Shoes

Every now and then, a shoe style comes along that’s different from the rest. Much of what is advertised about shoes isn’t as good as it sounds.

Mar 9th, 2021
Pain On The Outside Of The Foot

Every day, someone comes to our office pointing to a pain on the outside of their foot – somewhere between the outside ankle bone and the little toe.

Mar 3rd, 2021
Should I Wear Shoes In The House?

Should I wear shoes in the house? As many of us are spending more time at home than ever before, it’s important to show our feet some TLC around the house.

Feb 23rd, 2021
Pain In The Heel Can Take Many Forms

Pain in the heel can take many forms, but the two most common are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that runs along the base of the foot becomes inflamed and when pressure is applied, it sends...

Feb 23rd, 2021
A Lesser Known Form Of Dislocation.

You have probably heard of the term dislocation in reference to a major joint, such as the knee or shoulder. Dislocations often occur because of an injury. The pain can be quite intense.

Feb 16th, 2021
Avoid Foot Surgery?

Here is a tried and true solution to avoid foot surgery We are always looking for the easiest and least invasive methods for treating foot conditions. We pride ourselves on being able to help someone avoid surgery.

Feb 9th, 2021
Bone Spur Under The Nail

You probably have heard of the term “bone spur.” Although commonly found in the heel, bones spurs can form in several different places in the foot.

Jan 26th, 2021
Mobility Is Something Most Of Us Take For Granted

Mobility is something most of us take for granted until it is compromised. Nothing is more important to our overall mobility – especially knees, hips, and back – than the health of our feet.

Jan 19th, 2021
The Achilles Tendon Is The Strongest Tendon In The Body.

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. This tendon is a thick, cord-like structure that inserts into the back of the heel bone, and it’s located in one of the most overused and under-appreciated parts of the foot.

Jan 14th, 2021
Balance Boosting Foot Wear Tips

Here are some balance-boosting footwear tips: Did you know that falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among older people?

Jan 12th, 2021
Neuropathy and Frostbite: A Dangerous Combination

People who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy should know why it’s important to avoid frostbite. Neuropathy, a condition often experienced by those with diabetes, affects the body’s ability to feel, and therefore, hot and cold often cannot be discerned.

Jan 8th, 2021
Bunions…Don’t blame your shoes!

Don’t blame your shoes… A bunion can be a very painful condition. Bunions are excess bone that builds up, usually on the inside of the foot near the big toe.

Dec 29th, 2020
What About High Arches?

Many of the people we see for foot and ankle pain have arches that are flatter than normal. Some foot conditions come from having very flat feet. The foot type that doesn’t get much attention is the one with a high arch.

Dec 22nd, 2020
Address Pronation To Reduce Pain.

Common causes of foot problems include heredity, overuse, bad shoes, diabetes, and being overweight. But there is also a lesser-known word that is at the root of many foot issues: pronation.

Dec 15th, 2020
Neuropathy Q And A

What is neuropathy? Neuropathy is a term that describes nerve dysfunction. Basically this means something has caused the nerve or nerves to stop working properly.

Dec 3rd, 2020
What Is Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. This tendon is a thick, cord-like structure that inserts into the back of the heel bone, and it’s located in one of the most overused and under-appreciated parts of the foot.

Dec 1st, 2020
As Smooth As A Rolls-Royce…

A luxury car like a Rolls-Royce needs every part working perfectly to glide down the road effortlessly. You can’t even hear one of these on the road — they are that smooth.

Aug 13th, 2020
My Feet Are Killing Me!

Have you seen the new reality show on TLC called “My Feet are Killing Me?” They chronicle the story of three patients with significant foot problems as they find solutions and relief.

Aug 6th, 2020
It Seems Logical, But…

It seems logical that a cushion in your shoe should help relieve pain in the heel. But… it almost never works. (We wish it were that easy!) In fact, most store-bought inserts don’t help this condition much.

Jul 30th, 2020
Symptoms & Treatment For Hammertoe

If a hammertoe hurts, it’s usually because the shoe rubs on the prominent knuckle. The reason to be concerned is that more problems can stem from this.

Jul 30th, 2020
Considering Elective Foot Surgery?

It’s always up to you… Most foot surgery is elective. Elective means it’s always up to you, the patient, to decide if and when to have it.

Feb 4th, 2020
Proper Foot Care Can Prevent Many Foot Problems

Proper foot care can prevent many foot problems Here are some tips for proper foot care: 1. Wash your feet in warm water every day, using a mild soap. Do not soak your feet. Dry your feet well, especially between the toes.

Jan 24th, 2020
Heart Disease Is On The Rise Again!

Heart disease is on the rise again… According to an article in the January 15th edition of the Wall Street Journal, heart disease is on the rise again in the U.S.

Jan 21st, 2020
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

Don’t ignore this one… There is a nerve in your foot that can get pinched just like carpal tunnel in the hand. The area is on the inside of the ankle and it’s called the Tarsal Tunnel.

Jan 15th, 2020
Dropped Something On Your Foot?

It could be worse than you think… Dropping something on your foot can lead to long-term pain. We’ve seen it happen many times.

Jan 3rd, 2020
Healthy Feet, Healthier Life

Healthy Feet, Healthier Life Many people have intentions of getting healthier in the new year but foot pain slows them down.

Jan 2nd, 2020
Your Feet Are A Window To Your Health!

People don’t always realize how their feet can be a window into their general health. A comprehensive lower extremity exam can help identify both foot and general health problems.

Dec 20th, 2019
Have You Met Your Deductible?

Have you put off anything related to your foot health until you’ve met your health insurance deductible? Understandably, many people do this. Deductibles have gotten outrageously high. Ugh!

Dec 17th, 2019
Size Matters!

Maybe it’s the wrong size… Sometimes the easiest solution is the best solution. Why complicate things?

Dec 3rd, 2019
Arch Pain Is A Real Bear!

Pain in the arch of the foot can be a real bear to get rid of. Ignoring it for too long can lead to long-term pain. Often times, arch pain is a strain of the plantar fascia.

Nov 26th, 2019
Ugly Toenail Syndrome!

If you want to avoid Ugly Toenail Syndrome, this message is for you… An injured toenail can lead to an unfortunate lifelong cosmetic problem. We’ve seen many of these over the years.

Nov 19th, 2019
Dry Skin Isn’t Always Dry Skin!

Most people don’t realize that dry skin on the bottom of the feet could be a sign of Athlete’s Foot. Dry skin isn’t always just dry skin.

Nov 6th, 2019
Danbury Podiatrist Set To Run Nyc Marathon 2019 To Benefit Charity

Danbury podiatrist Paul Betschart, DPM has teamed up with Sandy Hook Promise and will run in the 2019 New York City Marathon to help raise funds for this worthy cause. The platform of ending gun violence is important to support, regardless of our politics.

Sep 24th, 2019
Happy Feet Guaranteed!

Although medical care and outcomes cannot be guaranteed, we can guarantee your satisfaction with our office. If your experience with our office is not satisfactory, let us know promptly.

Sep 4th, 2019
No Fear Of The Foot Doctor

No Fear of the Foot Doctor It’s understandable why some may have a fear of the dentist, or going to their primary physician for a colonoscopy, or even having an annual physical.

Jul 11th, 2019
Suffering From An Ingrown Toenail?

Suffering From an Ingrown Toenail? Are you suffering from the pain of an ingrown toenail? Does your foot throb when you put pressure on it?

Mar 21st, 2019
Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part One

Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part One Sometimes people try to treat their own foot pain, and play the role of both doctor and patient.Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist from Danbury, CT, and I would like to talk...

Feb 21st, 2019
How Flatfoot Affects The Entire Body

How Flatfoot Affects the Entire Body Hello, this is Doctor Paul Betschart here, your local podiatrist from Danbury, CT. I would like to talk to you today about flatfoot and how it can affect the entire body.

Feb 15th, 2019
Work Related Foot Pain

Work-Related Foot Pain Hi there. This is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I am a foot doctor in Danbury, CT. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, it’s likely that you often experience foot fatigue or pain.

Feb 13th, 2019
What Causes Plantar Warts?

Hello, this is Doctor Betschart, your favorite podiatrist in Danbury. In a previous post, we talked about plantar warts and how to identify them. Today, I want to tell you about what causes them.

Feb 5th, 2019
26 Bones

26 Bones Did you know that there are 26 bones in your feet? Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, and I am a podiatrist in Danbury, CT.

Jan 30th, 2019
Flatfoot And The Body

#DanburyCT #MiddleburyCT Hello, this is Doctor Paul Betschart here, your local podiatrist from Danbury. I would like to talk to you today about flatfoot and how it can affect the entire body.

Aug 13th, 2018
Ankle Instability

#DanburyCT #MiddleburyCT Chronic ankle instability is one of the possible repercussions of not treating an ankle sprain in time. Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist in Danbury, and today I want to talk to you about the importance of dealing ...

Mar 15th, 2018