• 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.
     
    Pain can occur right in that spot. Pain can also occur in your heel, arch, and the balls of your feet.
     
    Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause pain anywhere on the bottom of the foot. The sensations of nerve pain are often sharpness, burning, and tingling. Some people even notice an aching sensation in their arch from tarsal tunnel syndrome, especially after activity. The symptoms are commonly present even when someone is off their feet.
     
    There are several possible causes of a pinched nerve in your foot and ankle.
     
    The wrong shoes and even tight socks could be the culprit. Other than making sure your shoes aren’t pressing too tightly against the inside of your ankles and wearing socks that don’t feel tight, there is not much you can do at home for this condition.
     
    Careful clinical examination can usually give the diagnosis. If we suspect this condition, we have effective methods to alleviate the pain.
     
    Pain on the inside of your ankle, heel, or arch might be from a pinched nerve. The longer a nerve is pinched, the lower the probability that a non-surgical solution will work.
     
    We specialize in diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome.
     
    We welcome the opportunity to serve you should the need arise.
     
    To Healthy Feet,
     
    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • Chronic or recurrent plantar fasciitis options

    If you still have Plantar Fasciitis or have it again this message is for you. We keep learning more about this condition and what works best to cure it. Never fear if you’ve had it for months or even years. There definitely is a solution!

    One thing we know now more than ever is that more people with pain in the heel develop more scar-like tissue than we ever realized. The pain tends to be more consistent and often more intense. If you got relief from cortisone or other treatments but the pain has returned, you could have this scar-like tissue problem. The Plantar Fascia essentially degenerates for an unknown reason. When it does so the body can’t regenerate it without outside help.

    One of the most exciting innovations in healthcare is Stem Cell treatment. We’ve seen astonishing results using stem cells in treating Plantar Fasciitis. What they do essentially is regenerate tissue that has degenerated. These cells are the outside help the body needs to heal the damaged tissue. Not only is Stem Cell treatment safe and effective, it prevents the need for surgery. What’s more, a treatment of this kind doesn’t necessitate time missed from work. Finding innovative treatments that keep our patients doing everyday tasks remains a goal of ours.

    Besides Stem Cell treatment, the other non-invasive technology we’ve been using successfully for chronic heel pain is called Prolotheray. Prolotherapy helps regenerate a degenerated Plantar Fascia just like stem cells do, but in a different way. Prolotherapy jump starts the healing process by “tricking” the body that there is an acute injury in an area, signaling the healing process to begin again. And, just like stem cells it’s done right in our office without any down-time.

    Should a surgical approach be needed, minimally invasive plantar fascia release is and effective solution, which can also be performed in our office with minimal down time.

    We’d be happy to determine whether Stem Cell Treatment, Prolotherapy, surgery or another treatment is the best option for you. We’re here to serve you.

  • Even a small sore on a diabetic foot can be a problem

    Even a small sore on a diabetic foot can be a big problem.

    Diabetes can often lead to decreased blood flow to the feet. Without the right amount of blood, a sore may not heal as well.

    Diabetes also often leads to decreased feeling in the feet. A sore on the bottom of the foot can easily go unnoticed because of numbness.

    This is why people with diabetes should inspect the bottom of their feet every day.

    Diabetes also often causes the immune system to function less than optimally. This means the body isn’t as good at healing a sore or an infection. Not having a good enough immune system along with poor circulation and sensation means people with diabetes must think of every sore as a potentially serious problem.

    The steps to take with a sore are keeping it clean, using an antibiotic cream, applying gauze to protect it from rubbing, and immediately scheduling an appointment.

    Of course, figuring out the cause of the sore–such as the possibility of shoes not fitting properly–is extremely important.

    Preventing an infection is first priority. If you or a loved one has diabetes, simply being aware of how risky it is to have something as simple as a small sore is the first step to avoiding a major complication.

    We specialize in keeping the feet of our patients with diabetes as healthy as possible. Preventing amputations starts with early intervention of any skin or nail concern in a person with diabetes.

    We are here to serve you.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • 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. A broken bone can be the least of the concerns.

    Injury to a nerve can be the most significant problem. We never dismiss an injury to the top of the foot when an x-ray is negative (no broken bone).

    We’ve seen many patients who have suffered for months because of an injury to a nerve. If you drop something on the top of your foot either at home or work, simply being aware of what can occur will help to keep you out of danger.

    In addition to rest, ice and elevation, keeping pressure off the top of the foot is important. Wearing looser fitting shoes or sandals, if the weather allows, will help to avoid further irritation to the nerves.

    Avoid wrapping your foot in an ace bandage. You want as little pressure on the top of the foot as possible.

    Because more can go wrong than just a broken bone, we recommend seeing us as opposed to an urgent care clinic for injuries to the feet.

    If you have had months of pain after dropping something on your foot, we’d be happy to evaluate it. We enjoy serving you!

    And Happy New Year,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466
    http://www.danburypodiatrist.com/

  • 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.

    Do you know someone like this?

    A healthier life starts with healthy feet. If you

    hear of someone talking about a

    foot problem slowing them down,

    let them know about us.

    We welcome the opportunity to help

    a friend, coworker or loved one get fast

    relief from foot pain.

    We are never too busy for your referral!

    Happy New Year!

    Dr. Betschart and staff

  • Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Happy and Healthy New Year and New Decade!
     
    Health can begin from the ground up. If there are any nagging foot problems that are keeping you from living that healthy lifestyle you deserve, make a resolution to take care of it to start 2020! Come on in for a consultation and get back on the road to better health!
    Call us at 203 791 0466 

  • 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. Get yours today! Book a consultation here or  call 203 791 0466

  • 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!

    The 4th Quarter of the year is busier than usual around here because many people have met their deductible.

    We’ve already heard some people mention how meeting their deductible has motivated them to finally get a foot condition addressed.

    For some it will take longer to get back to 100% because of how long the condition has persisted. Allowing foot pain to last isn’t ideal, but we realize that’s just what many people do.

    So, here’s the thing…

    You’ve worked hard to earn your insurance benefits. Utilizing these benefits to your advantage when needed is the wise approach.

    If you have a new or lingering foot concern, now is the time to have us help you get rid of it.

    Healthier feet and a healthier pocketbook are both possible when you wisely use a benefit you work hard for.

    In addition, your HSA dollars can also be used toward services like custom orthotics.

    Our friendly team members are always standing by to serve you.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466
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  • Addressing a Child’s Foot Pain

    Addressing a Child’s Foot Pain

    What parent wouldn’t do everything in their power to keep their children healthy?

    Being proactive about a child’s foot concern is an important part of this philosophy.

    Pain in a child’s feet isn’t normal. It’s rarely from ill-fitting shoes.

    Unless a child has a deformity such as a bunion, foot pain is often a biomechanical problem.

    This is considered good news.

    A biomechanical problem means a part of their foot is getting stressed or fatigued by abnormal movements

    The solution is often very simple.

    Custom or custom-like orthotics resolve the pain almost 100% of the time.

    Orthotics also significantly help to relieve juvenile bunion pain and leg pain as well.

    Solving a child’s pain and biomechanical condition goes a long way toward avoiding future problems as a teenager or adult.

    Many knee and back issues may be avoided by addressing the feet at a younger age.

    A proactive approach to a child’s complaint about foot pain can help to avoid both short-term and long-term suffering.

    We are here to serve you and your children.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • Size Matters!

    Maybe it’s the wrong size…
     
    Sometimes the easiest solution is the best solution.
     
    Why complicate things?
     
    One of the easiest and often overlooked ways to address foot pain is by checking shoe size.
     
    Studies show a large percentage of people aren’t wearing the right shoe size, so making sure you are is a good first step.
     
    Shoes that are too big for you can be as detrimental as shoes that are too small.
     
    Having your feet move side to side or front to back in your shoes can lead to calluses, inflammation and sometimes open sores.
     
    It’s even more important for people with Diabetes to have perfect fitting shoes.
     
    A sore can lead to an infection and worse.
     
    Having your feet measured every time you purchase shoes is highly recommended.
     
    Also check the fit of new shoes by tying them on before buying them. Shoe sizing is not universal.
     
    Although it’s easier now than ever to purchase shoes online or at self-serve stores, these aren’t the recommended approach.
     
    Avoiding unnecessary foot pain can be as simple as wearing the right size shoes.
     
    If you feel your foot pain isn’t from the wrong size shoes, we are here to help alleviate it.
     
    To Healthy Feet,
     
    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466
    http://www.danburypodiatrist.com/
     
    P.S. We can measure your shoe size for you right here in the office.
     
    Interesting Fact: Feet can get longer and wider with age which can affect our shoe size