• The best shoe for plantar fasciitis?

    If the shoe fits…

    “What shoes are best for Plantar Fasciitis?” We get this question every day.

    The easy answer is… shoes that aren’t flat.

    Typically, shoes with a raised heel and arch support are best for Plantar Fasciitis.

    When your heel is raised and your arch is supported, there’s less tension on the plantar fascia ligament.

    It’s not as if a good pair of shoes will stop the pain, but they can help to lessen it.

    Women should consider wearing wedges, raised heels or running shoes.

    Men will feel best wearing running shoes or boots.

    Ecco is a good brand for men’s dress shoes.

    In both cases, quality sandals such as Birkenstock, Vionic or similar are best for home use.

    One of the most important things for most foot problems is to wear shoes or sandals when standing on hard surfaces such as the kitchen floor.

    If you are wearing good supportive shoes and your heel pain doesn’t lessen, don’t make the mistake of thinking another brand of shoe is needed.

    There isn’t a shoe brand that cures plantar fasciitis.

    Again, if you’ve had pain in your heel(s) for more than 3 months, you’re risking having an easier condition to treat become one that can take several months to cure.

    Make good shoes part of your home remedy for plantar fasciitis. If there’s no change after a couple of weeks, having us get to the root of the problem is your best bet.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart

  • Subject: Another pesky virus with no vaccination…

    We are waiting for the day when either a vaccination exists to stop all viruses (including influenza) or an antibiotic starts working like it does for bacteria.
    Hopefully, the smartest scientist on our planet will at the very least find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus as soon as possible. We have faith they will.
    Another virus we know and see all too often is the wart virus.
    It seems like we should have figured out a way to wipe this from the planet by now.
    No such luck.
    From an early age to the senior years some people are susceptible to the pesky wart virus.
    They occur mostly on the hands and feet.
    On the hands, they grow upward but on the bottom of the feet they grown inward.
    There’s almost no mistaking a wart on the hand. Conversely, warts on the feet can be mistaken for a callus or foreign object.
    Many warts on the feet don’t hurt and therefore it’s hard to know when it first appeared.
    Usually, the longer they’ve been present the harder they are to eliminate.
    There are many over-the-counter products for warts which contain salicylic acid. For safety reasons, we don’t recommend using this kind of product anywhere on your foot.
    If you have a spot on your foot you think might be a wart, your best bet is to have us accurately diagnose it.
    The risk of ignoring a wart is the possibility of it getting larger and/or spreading. We’ve seen more than 100 warts on a single foot. Please come and see us earlier rather than later.
    Fortunately, the virus most prevalent on the foot isn’t a serious one.
    We have many innovative ways to manage these conditions, including our newest addition the REMY Class 4 laser. This device allows us to safely remove resistant warts in the office.
    If you or anyone you know has a foot wart that is causing problems, we are here to help

  • Seize the opportunity

    Seize the opportunity…
    With the unfortunate circumstances created by the novel coronavirus, many people are spending more time at home than usual.
    If that’s you and you have been experiencing a foot or ankle concern, this is an opportunity to give your feet a rest. Although we do whatever we can to relieve pain while keeping our patients active, often the best medicine is rest.
    Some conditions just won’t heal without giving your feet a break.
    Also, be sure to have supportive shoes or sandals on if you are standing for a while.
    It would be so easy to get into the habit of not wearing shoes at home, but don’t do it.
    If you have access to uncrowded outdoor areas, try to get out for some exercises daily. Sun exposure increases vitamin D production which can intern boost the immune system.
    Once we get through the craziness of Covid-19. we can get back to our normal routines.
    Now is the time to prepare your feet for being able to do that pain-free.
    If you still have foot or ankle pain after resting your feet for a few weeks, don’t wait a moment to come see us and have us get you better. We will continue to be open during the COVID-19 crisis to care for our patients needs (yes, podiatry is an essential service).
    We wish you and your family the best in staying safe and healthy!
    Dr. Betschart

  • Sores on the feet should not be taken lightly!

    Even a small sore on your foot shouldn’t be taken lightly.

    We’ve seen small sores on the foot become serious infections.

    Even if you wash your feet regularly, there’s still bacteria in this environment. If the wrong germ gets inside of an open sore, a serious infection can develop.

    This is more serious for people with diabetes, but everyone is at risk.

    At the very least, an open sore on your foot should be cleaned of any debris and dressed with a topical antibiotic such as Neosporin, Polysporin, or Triple antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid.

    Also, make sure your shoe doesn’t rub on the spot. If pain and/or redness develops, be sure to make an appointment with us as soon as possible.

    Pain, swelling and redness are signs of an infection. Infection can travel from the skin down to the bone at a rapid pace in the wrong circumstance.

    We’ve seen small sores lead to an amputation of a toe due to inaction. Please don’t ignore a small sore on your foot, even if you believe you’re in excellent health.

    If you have a small sore that looks infected or isn’t showing signs of healing, schedule an appointment with us ASAP.

    We are here for your feet through these trying times

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart

  • COVID-19 We Are Taking This Seriously

    COVID-19 – We Are Taking This Seriously
    With the current concerns about COVID-19 we would like to reassure our patients that we are taking all possible measures to ensure the office is cleaner than ever before.
    We are following all best practice measures to ensure we minimize any chances of transmitting the virus in our office.
    All surfaces in the waiting area and treatment rooms are being cleaned and disinfected after each patient.
    In addition to this you will most likely smell disinfectant through the clinic which is being used regularly throughout the day as well.
    We have advised all patients to please be mindful of any cold and flu symptoms and to postpone treatment if any illness should be present.
    We have provided hand sanitizer at our front desk. Please make sure to make use of this on arrival and departure of the clinic.
    It is our priority to keep you safe and well during this time.

  • 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.

    We are often asked when the right time is to consider surgery.

    In most cases, the best answer is when the pain is becoming intolerable.

    Most people who undergo elective foot surgery do so because they are experiencing pain from a particular condition on a daily basis.

    Not being able to wear certain shoes comfortably or exercise regularly are other reasons to consider foot surgery.

    If a condition such as a bunion or deformed toe is getting worse, we’ll recommend fixing the condition sooner than later to avoid a more serious situation.

    The rare circumstance of proceeding with elective foot surgery when pain isn’t present is in a diabetic condition.

    Many people with diabetes lose feeling in their feet. Correcting a foot deformity earlier than usual in this case is even more important, to avoid a major complication.

    Bunions, hammer toes, bone spurs, and plantar fasciitis are examples of foot conditions that may ultimately need to be resolved surgically.

    We always try as many non-surgical solutions as possible for these and most other foot conditions.

    Unfortunately, there are times when foot conditions do not respond to non-surgical methods.

    Since there are many things to consider when undergoing foot surgery, such as the impact on working, driving, and basic home needs, the ultimate decision is up to you.

    If you ever seek a second opinion, beware of the doctor who wants to push surgery on you.

    It might be the best option, but not unless conservative options have been exhausted.

    If you are considering foot surgery, we’d be happy to walk you through the process and determine if it’s the best option for you.

    We are here to serve you.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart

  • Neuropathy and Frostbite: A dangerous combination

    Neuropathy and Frostbite: A Dangerous Combination
    People who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy shoel 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. A person with neuropathy is more prone to frostbite, since they cannot feel when cold is negatively affecting their skin. This puts the individual at greater risk for an amputation. Any cold injury should be treated promptly. First aid should include slow warming of the area and protection from additional trauma. If you have suffered a cold injury to your feet or are one of the many Americans that struggles with neuropathy, I invite you to visit me, at my office here in Danbury, CT. Call right away 203 791 0466 or request an appointment here.

  • Gout. Not only for Kings…

    Not only for Kings…

    The sudden onset of pain and swelling in the foot is often… Gout!

    Yes, gout! Even if you’ve never had it, you can get it. Anyone over 20 years of age is prone to this condition.

    The big toe joint area is where gout attacks most. It can also occur in other places on top of the feet. Neither ice nor heat lessens the pain and swelling.

    The best home remedy is to take ibuprofen or Aleve if your health allows it. This remedy doesn’t always work.

    Usually, a stronger medication prescribed by us relieves the pain and swelling.

    There are many reasons why a person can get gout. Certain foods can be the culprit, but not always. (Gout was once called a King’s disease because of how they gorged themselves with certain foods.)

    The specific cause isn’t always easy to find.

    If a person gets a second gout attack, we recommend a medication that can prevent it from occurring again.

    If you have the onset of intense pain and swelling in your foot, think gout before anything else.

    We can sometimes relieve the intense pain of gout before you even walk out of our office.

    Turning grimaces into smiles is what we enjoy most.

    To Painless Feet,

    Dr. Betschart

  • 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.

    2. If the skin on your feet is dry, keep it moist by applying lotion after you wash and dry your feet. Do not put lotion between your toes.

    3. Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any other problems. If you spot something unusual, give us a call.

    4. Check your toenails once a week. Trim your toenails with a nail clipper straight across. Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails. After clipping, smooth the toenails with a nail file. IF YOU ARE DIABETIC, come in to see us regularly to have your nails trimmed. It is dangerous to do this yourself, as a nick or cut can become infected.

    5. Gently smooth corns and calluses with an emery board or pumice stone. Do this after your bath or shower, when your skin is soft. Move the emery board in only one direction.

    6. Always wear closed-toed shoes or slippers. Do not wear sandals and do not walk barefoot, even around the house.

    7. Always wear socks or stockings. Wear socks or stockings that fit your feet well and have soft elastic.

    8. Protect your feet from heat and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.

    9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting, wiggle your toes and move your ankles several times a day, and don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.

    10. If you are diabetic, watch your diet and see us regularly for a checkup. Common foot problems can become dangerous for a diabetic.

    Take the time to take good care of your feet. In return, they’ll take you anywhere you want to go! Please call us at 203 791 0466 or request an appointment online

  • 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.

    The headline “Heart Disease Roars Back, Even in Healthy Places” couldn’t help but catch my eye.

    Even in a healthy state like Colorado, men and women in their 30s and 40s are seeing cardiologists with heart problems such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, and heart attacks.

    According to the article, “death rates from cardiovascular disease among people between the ages of 45 and 64 are rising in cities all across the country, including in some of the most unlikely places.”

    Two of the most common risk factors are obesity and diabetes.

    High blood pressure, drug and alcohol use, stress, and a lack of physical activity also play a role.

    These factors also increase the risk for people who are genetically disposed to heart disease, doctors say.

    What does this have to do with feet? Everything!

    Keeping your feet healthy so you can stay healthy is a mantra we’ve endorsed for years.

    We’ve seen how long-standing foot pain has led to inactivity.

    There is no better way to help prevent these risk factors than physical activity such as walking.

    According to some studies, walking 30 minutes 3-4 times per week can have a huge positive impact on blood pressure, diabetes, and heart health.

    We aren’t just in the business of solving foot problems; we’re here to help prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease.

    Is a long-standing foot condition keeping you from being physically active?

    Let us help you get back in the game… your heart will thank you!

    To a Healthy Heart,

    Dr. Betschart