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See me before its too late! Sep 21st, 2021

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. Maybe we take our feet for granted or...

The Main Cause of Ingrown Toenails Aug 25th, 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...

How Nutrition Affects Foot Health Aug 23rd, 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. Here...

5 Healthy Habits to Prevent Toenail Fungus Aug 18th, 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...

All about Plantar Warts Aug 16th, 2021

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. The lesions are either gray, brown, or yellow in color. They may...

Running Injuries Aug 2nd, 2021

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 many foot and ankle injuries. Some common...

Remy Laser- The FDA-cleared class IV Laser That Simply Does More! Jul 26th, 2021

Remy Laser- The FDA-cleared class IV Laser That Simply Does More! What it is: Remy Laser is a class IV FDA cleared laser that is used to treat a wide range of patient conditions including pain and inflammation, wounds, nail fungus, warts, and more!  What it does: The Remy Laser...

HyProCure-The solution you have been waiting for Jul 19th, 2021

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 to instantly stabilize and re-align the hind-foot. The...

Neurogenx-Start today and get your life back! Jul 13th, 2021

Neurogenx- Start today and get your life back! Neurogenx has improved the quality of life for thousands of patients around the country suffering from neuropathy.  What is Neurogenx treatment? It is a breakthrough electromedical treatment program that alleviates pain, tingling, burning, and numbness resulting from neuropathy and chronic nerve conditions....

Debunking 3 Common Foot Myths! Jul 12th, 2021

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 is that...

4 Summertime Foot Hazards to be aware of this summer! Jul 12th, 2021

  4 Summertime Foot Hazards to be aware of this summer! Going Barefoot- Being barefoot increases your chance of injury or infection, and it can cause foot pain in other ways, too for instance, if you need the arch support. Wear supportive shoes in the summertime! Wearing unsupportive shoes- Flip...

Is It Nerve Pain? Jun 15th, 2021

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. Nerve conditions are common in the feet as well. One of the telltale signs...

Protecting Our Feet From Germs Jun 2nd, 2021

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. Fungus in the skin is commonly known...

Pain In The Ball Of Your Foot May 27th, 2021

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. An injury is rarely the...

Is There Conservative Care For Bunions? May 12th, 2021

Figure 2. Bones of the human foot. Bunions are often related to rear-foot instability. Who is this for? People suffering with pain from their bunion deformity that aren’t ready for, or cannot have surgical correction. What is a bunion? The bunion deformity, technically termed Hallux Abductovalgus or HAV for short,...

Bunion Surgery Options May 12th, 2021

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM Who is this for? People with bunions that may have failed conservative care and are considering surgical treatment. Who is this not for? People looking for a miracle cure or are chasing the latest fads in bunion treatment. The bunion deformity, technically termed hallux abductovalgus...

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

By Paul J. Betschart, DPM 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. Some joints allow for motion to occur and some do not. The freedom of movement...

Is Foot Rest Necessary? May 11th, 2021

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. When a foot problem does arise, we usually ask our feet to plow through in spite...

Three Easy Steps to Eliminating Heel Pain Without Visiting a Doctor May 11th, 2021

By Paul J Betschart, DPM, FACFAS Who is this for? Anyone who is suffering from heel pain and is looking for the best way to treat it at home. Who is this not for? People looking for an instant cure, pill poppers and those unable or unwilling to follow simple...

Bone Spurs May 7th, 2021

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. The only way to discover any...

What is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? May 4th, 2021

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. It’s essentially the foot’s version of carpal tunnel syndrome. (The carpal bones are...

Why Can Foot Pain Fluctuate? Apr 27th, 2021

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? Right when you decide to make an appointment to see your podiatrist, it...

Balance-Boosting Footwear Tips for Older People Apr 22nd, 2021

Balance-Boosting Footwear Tips for Older People Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older people according to the CDC. Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. More than 800,000 patients a year require hospitalizations due to a fall injury....

What Is Gout? Apr 20th, 2021

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. It’s common for a gout attack to occur within the foot and ankle. In fact, the big toe...

Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy Apr 13th, 2021

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. Many foot issues such as ingrown toenails, bunions and flat feet can be genetic. You can help your...

Shoes In The Kitchen? Apr 6th, 2021

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. It’s especially important to wear shoes at home if you are experiencing a foot or...

“Will I Be Able To Run Or Walk For Exercise After A Surgical Procedure On My Foot?” Mar 30th, 2021

One of the questions we get most often is: “Will I be able to run or walk for exercise after a surgical procedure on my foot?” Our first response is always: “Are you able to run or walk now?” This is not meant to be sarcasm, but a true fact-finding...

Soft Tissue Injuries Mar 23rd, 2021

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 could help keep...

Could That Foot Problem Be Diabetes? Mar 16th, 2021

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. Diabetes can affect circulation, skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Blocked arteries can lead to...

Caution With Oversized Running Shoes Mar 9th, 2021

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. For instance, “memory foam” sounds good, but is it really better for our feet? Much of the sensationalized marketing is done around athletic...

Pain On The Outside Of The Foot Mar 3rd, 2021

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. There is a common condition that occurs here, and it rarely originates from an injury. Though the pain usually starts small, it...

Should I Wear Shoes In The House? Feb 23rd, 2021

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. You may have a custom of not wearing shoes at home for cleanliness, comfort, or cultural reasons. If you...

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

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 a sharp pain to the bottom...

A Lesser Known Form Of Dislocation. Feb 16th, 2021

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. Most of the time, the joint can be re-located back to its original position without the need...

Avoid Foot Surgery? Feb 9th, 2021

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. Surgery is a common treatment for a painful bunion, but not the only one....

Bone Spur Under The Nail Jan 26th, 2021

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. One of the more unusual places we see is when a bone spur forms under a toenail. This can be quite painful. Sometimes the...

Mobility Is Something Most Of Us Take For Granted Jan 19th, 2021

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. Just ask anyone who has been limited by an acute or chronic foot problem how critical...

The Achilles Tendon Is The Strongest Tendon In The Body. Jan 14th, 2021

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. Our feet are subjected to great amounts of stress...

Balance Boosting Foot Wear Tips Jan 12th, 2021

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? Three million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries every year. And more than 800,000 patients of all ages require fall-related hospitalizations annually....

Neuropathy and Frostbite: A Dangerous Combination Jan 8th, 2021

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. A person with neuropathy is more prone to frostbite, since they...

Bunions…Don’t blame your shoes! Dec 29th, 2020

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. It is a myth that narrow, high-heeled shoes are the cause of bunions. Bunions are almost always caused by genetics....

What About High Arches? Dec 22nd, 2020

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. For clarification, the position your arch assumes when...

Address Pronation To Reduce Pain. Dec 15th, 2020

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. Pronation is a definite buzzword in the foot and ankle world. It essentially means that your foot turns inward...

Are Your Toe Nail Changes Caused By Fungus? Dec 8th, 2020

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our feet could look as good in our later years as they did in our youth? Who doesn’t marvel at the perfection of an infant’s feet? Toenail changes are one of the unfortunate things that happen to many feet. If our feet were as exposed...

Neuropathy Q And A Dec 3rd, 2020

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. Neuropathies can be further divided into central, affecting the brain and spinal cord, and peripheral, affecting the nerves in the rest of the body. We...

What Is Achilles Tendonitis Dec 1st, 2020

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. Our feet are subjected to great amounts of stress...

A Quick Guide To Children’s Shoes Nov 27th, 2020

Here is a guide to children’s shoes: Most children learn to walk around the time of their first birthday. As a child begins to walk, you may have your first questions about what shoes they should wear. A growing child will need new shoes frequently. Children’s feet grow in spurts...

Swelling In Your Feet Or Ankles Should Never Be Ignored. Aug 25th, 2020

Whether it appears suddenly or has been present for a while, it could be the sign of something serious. Unless an injury occurred, most swelling doesn’t hurt. Don’t let that fool you. Some of the most common reasons for swelling of the ankles and feet are: Veins not functioning properly...

As Smooth As A Rolls-Royce… Aug 13th, 2020

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. Our body is no different. Keeping our feet and lower extremity joints working optimally is mission critical to...

My Feet Are Killing Me! Aug 6th, 2020

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. A recent episode showed a gal with six toes who was having pain from her shoes rubbing, a...

It Seems Logical, But… Jul 30th, 2020

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. The bottom of your heel doesn’t start hurting in most cases because it...

Symptoms & Treatment For Hammertoe Jul 30th, 2020

If a hammertoe hurts, it’s usually because the shoe rubs on the prominent knuckle. The reason to be concerned is that more problemscan stem from this. Some of the complications from hammertoes are open sores, infections, stress fractures, and tendon or ligament tears. As you can see, a simple bending...

They Couldn’t Believe No One Was There… Jun 9th, 2020

A very unfortunate injury in sports is a tear of the Achilles tendon. It can take 6-12 months to get back to full strength depending on the severity of the injury. What’s fascinating about this particular injury is how almost all victims of it say a similar thing. They felt...

Considering Elective Foot Surgery? Feb 4th, 2020

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...

Neuropathy And Frostbite: A Dangerous Combination Jan 31st, 2020

Neuropathy and Frostbite: A Dangerous CombinationPeople 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...

Gout. Not Only For Kings… Jan 28th, 2020

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....

Proper Foot Care Can Prevent Many Foot Problems Jan 24th, 2020

Proper foot care can prevent many foot problemsHere 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,...

Heart Disease Is On The Rise Again! Jan 21st, 2020

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...

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome? Jan 15th, 2020

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...

Chronic Or Recurrent Plantar Fasciitis Options Jan 9th, 2020

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...

Even A Small Sore On A Diabetic Foot Can Be A Problem Jan 7th, 2020

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...

Dropped Something On Your Foot? Jan 3rd, 2020

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...

Healthy Feet, Healthier Life Jan 2nd, 2020

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...

Happy And Healthy New Year! Dec 31st, 2019

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...

Your Feet Are A Window To Your Health! Dec 20th, 2019

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 844 375 7622

Have You Met Your Deductible? Dec 17th, 2019

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...

Addressing A Child’s Foot Pain Dec 10th, 2019

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...

Size Matters! Dec 3rd, 2019

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...

Arch Pain Is A Real Bear! Nov 26th, 2019

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. It can occur if you have normal arches, flat feet, or high arches....

Ugly Toenail Syndrome! Nov 19th, 2019

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. Having us evaluate an injured toenail as early as possible is your best chance of avoiding a long-term...

Dry Skin Isn’t Always Dry Skin! Nov 6th, 2019

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. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 years old or 80 years old, dry skin could mean you have Fungus in the skin. Athlete’s Foot doesn’t...

Danbury Podiatrist Set To Run Nyc Marathon 2019 To Benefit Charity Sep 24th, 2019

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. Dr Betschart will run the 26.2...

Happy Feet Guaranteed! Sep 4th, 2019

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. We will do everything possible to resolve any issues to ensure your experience with us exceeds your expectations. COME IN FOR...

No Fear Of The Foot Doctor Jul 11th, 2019

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. However, when it comes to the podiatrist, there is no need to have the slightest sense of fear....

Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part Two May 8th, 2019

Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part Two Good day, Doctor Paul Betschart here, ready to talk to my friends in Danbury again today about some of the mistakes that people make by trying to treat themselves. Specifically, we are focusing on the condition known as bunions, which affects...

Suffering From An Ingrown Toenail? Mar 21st, 2019

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? Does the light weight of your bed sheets even cause pain at times? Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist here in Danbury, CT, and...

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

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 to you today about some of the...

How Flatfoot Affects The Entire Body Feb 15th, 2019

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. Most of us would assume that flatfoot only affects, well, the foot. Therefore,...

Work Related Foot Pain Feb 13th, 2019

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. There are a number of foot...

What Causes Plantar Warts? Feb 5th, 2019

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. As surprising as it may seem, plantar warts are the result of the human papilloma virus,...

26 Bones Jan 30th, 2019

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. I would like to talk to you today about foot fractures. Since there are 26 bones in the feet, foot fractures can turn up...

Flatfoot And The Body Aug 13th, 2018

#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.Most of us would assume that flatfoot only affects, well, the foot. Therefore, it may be surprising that it can affect...

A Revolutionary New Approach To Bunion Correction – In 3D Apr 26th, 2018

A Revolutionary New Approach To Bunion Correction – In 3D New Procedure Treats the Root Cause of Bunion Deformity Dr. Betschart of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is now offering a revolutionary new approach to bunion surgery – the Lapiplasty® Procedure. Unlike traditional bunion surgery which address bunion correction only...

Ankle Instability Mar 15th, 2018

#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 with an ankle sprain at the onset.Like other foot ailments, ankle sprains...

What Are Plantar Warts? Feb 28th, 2018

What are Plantar Warts? We all know about warts that can grow on the hand, but how many have heard of warts of the feet? Doctor Paul Betschart here, and I would like to talk to residents of Danbury who may be experiencing foot pain about a condition called plantar...

Neuropathy Answers Feb 22nd, 2018

NEUROPATHY ANSWERS! Neuropathy is an interesting foot ailment, since many can suffer from it and not even know it.I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and today’s blog is about the condition called neuropathy, which I tackle as a podiatrist here in Danbury. The word “neuro” stands for the body’s nervous system. Your...

Embarrassed Of Your Feet? Feb 5th, 2018

Embarrassed of your Feet? Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who are embarrassed of their feet. They don’t want anyone to know about some of the unsightly ailments that they are struggling with. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart , a foot doctor from Danbury, CT, and I’m here...

A Toe Nail Story Oct 31st, 2017

The humble toenails; we pinch them with tight or narrow shoes. We wash them, trim them and polish them. We look at them every day. But do we give them credit for the important job they play?Toenails are a level of protection for your toes in the event of injury....

What Is A Bunion? Oct 23rd, 2017

You know the telltale bump on the outside of the big toe that makes wearing shoes so difficult. The bony protrusion, caused by the joint at the base of the big toe moving out of place, gets a lot of friction from shoes and a lot of pressure from bearing...

Why A Podaitrist Sep 29th, 2017

Why a Podiatrist? Maybe you’ve never visited a podiatrist before. Perhaps you’ve never seen a need to go to a foot and ankle doctor, and therefore, the topic has not been given much thought. That’s okay. I’m here today to tell you why seeing a podiatrist may be just what...

Steps To Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Three Aug 24th, 2017

Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Three If you’re ready to say goodbye to your heel pain, today is the day. This is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I am a podiatrist here in Danbury. Let’s take a look at part three of my series on steps to eliminating heel pain....

Steps To Eliminate Heel Pain. Part 2 Aug 9th, 2017

Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Two “Ow!” Is that the word of the day for you most of the time? If so, you need relief from your foot pain fast. I’m here to help. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and I am a foot doctor in Danbury. Today, I would...

Steps To Eliminate Heel Pain, Part One Aug 4th, 2017

Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part One If you suffer with intense heel pain, you will be excited to read today’s post. Hello friends, this is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I’m here today to give residents of Danbury tips on eliminating heel pain. One of the ways to find relief...

Don’t Be A Prisoner Of Foot Pain! Jun 29th, 2017

I know that many foot ailments can be life-interrupting.I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist in Danbury. Sometimes foot pain can be excruciating and keep you from doing the things that you would like. Sometimes unsightly afflictions can cause embarrassment to the point where you cover your feet as much as...

The Connection Between Weight And Flatfoot Jun 22nd, 2017

The Connection Between Weight and Flatfoot Many people may not realize how much their weight affects their feet, but it is actually quite a significant factor in one’s health and well-being. Good day, Danbury! This is Doctor Paul Betschart here to talk to you today about the connection between our...

What Is Diabetic Foot? May 31st, 2017

What is Diabetic Foot? It is estimated that nearly 25% of individuals that have been diagnosed with diabetes experience complications with their feet. Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, and I have a podiatry practice here in Danbury, CT. I know how difficult it can be sometimes to fight the condition...

The Podiatrist’s War Against Foot Ulcers May 22nd, 2017

The Podiatrist’s War Against Foot Ulcers Foot ulcers. I shudder just thinking about them. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, and I’m a podiatrist here in Danbury, CT. I am on a mission to help my patients combat foot ulcers and eliminate them entirely. Foot ulcers are sneaky, especially since they start...

Risk Factors For Foot Fractures May 9th, 2017

Risk Factors for Foot Fractures I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist in Danbury, where we love making your feet happy. Today, I want to talk to you about some of the risk factors for foot fractures, which are more common than you might think. Foot fractures stem from shock and...

Tips For Those With A Foot Fracture Apr 5th, 2017

Tips for Those with a Foot Fracture Foot fractures can be very painful. I know; I help people with the condition all the time. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, and I am a podiatrist here in Danbury. I would like to give you a few tips for proper treatment of a...

What Does Fungal Nail Look Like? Jan 27th, 2017

What Does Fungal Nail Look Like? Fungal nail is not a pretty sight. If you have it, you know that there’s a serious issue with your nail. Hello everyone, this is Doctor Paul Betschart here today to give residents of Danbury a few pointers in identifying the common condition called...

From Painful To Pampered Jan 12th, 2017

From Painful to Pampered I know that you don’t want your feet to hurt anymore. You’re tired of the suffering, and you know that you need help. Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m Doctor Betschart and I am a local foot doctor here in Danbury. I want to...

Healing Hammertoes Part 3 Dec 29th, 2016

Healing Hammertoes, Part Three I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, your Podiatrist, and today we are going to wrap up our series on the foot condition called hammertoes. I hope that many of you in the Danbury area have found this information to be helpful. Many times people try to treat their...

Healing Hammertoes, Part Two Dec 23rd, 2016

Healing Hammertoes, Part Two Hammertoes are no fun; but then again, what kind of foot ailment is? Thankfully, there is hope for healing hammertoes. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, and today I would like to present part two of my three part series on some of the home remedies that many...

Healing Hammertoes, Part One Dec 16th, 2016

Healing Hammertoes, Part One While some people may try to use home remedies in order to avoid seeing a doctor, when it comes to hammertoes, it is important not to take chances with your feet. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist here in Danbury, CT, and I would like to...

What Are Hammertoes? Dec 8th, 2016

What Are Hammertoes? Hammertoes are certainly an enigma. This progressive condition, however, is easy to identify. Hello friends; it’s Doctor Betschart, your favorite podiatrist here in Danbury. I would like to talk to you today about hammertoes and how to know if you indeed have this foot ailment. Hammertoes most...

Get Your Life Back Nov 17th, 2016

Get Your Life Back I know that many foot ailments can be life-interrupting. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist in Danbury, CT. Sometimes foot pain can be excruciating and keep you from doing the things that you would like. Sometimes unsightly afflictions can cause embarrassment to the point where you...

What Causes Neuropathy? Nov 10th, 2016

What Causes Neuropathy? If you suffer with the condition called neuropathy, it is important to find the root cause of the problem. Good day; I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and I operate a podiatry practice here in Danbury. Today, I would like to teach you about some of the main instigators...

What Is Neuropathy? Nov 3rd, 2016

What is Neuropathy?Neuropathy is an interesting foot ailment, since many can suffer from it and not even know it. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and today’s blog is about the condition called neuropathy, which I tackle as a podiatrist here in Danbury. The word “neuro” stands for the body’s nervous system....

What Is Plantar Fasciitis? Oct 26th, 2016

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Not everyone speaks Latin, so it’s understandable why the common layperson might not be familiar with a number of terms that I often use in my podiatry office, such as Plantar Fasciitis. Greetings; my name is Doctor Paul Betschart and I help people every day in...

Your Child’s Heel Pain May Be Sever’s Disease Sep 17th, 2016

Does your child have significant heel pain so that they walk with difficulty? If so they may have a heel bone that is growing too fast in a growth spurt. This is a kind of growing pain where the tendons and muscles are tightly stretched because they cannot keep up...

Tips For Those With Ankle Sprains, Part Two Sep 15th, 2016

Tips for Those with Ankle Sprains, Part TwoAnkle sprains are extremely common, but so are the mistakes that people make when treating a sprain. This is Doctor Betschart. Let’s look at part two of my three-part podiatry series for residents of Connecticut about ankle sprains. If you suffer a sprain,...

What You Can Do About Achilles Tendonitis Sep 14th, 2016

If you have Achilles tendonitis, or an inflamed Achilles tendon, you would definitely know it. This condition causes swelling at the back of your heel along with sharp pain, usually after an exercise session. The Achilles tendon is a tissue that connects the calf muscle to your heel bone. When...

Neuropathy: Choose Footwear Carefully Sep 11th, 2016

Do you have neuropathy? This condition arises when the nerves are damaged so they can’t do their job – transmitting sensory or muscle information. Peripheral neuropathy causes numbness and pain in the hands and feet. All nerves outside the spinal cord and brain comprise the peripheral nervous system which link...

Don’t Ignore The Pain Of Stubbed Toes Sep 8th, 2016

You know the feeling: that awful split second when you’ve stubbed a toe and you wait for the pain to rush in. Stubbing a toe is a very common injury, especially when barefoot. Although painful, a stubbed toe is not usually very serious. But pay attention if the pain persists...

Tips For Those With Ankle Sprains, Part One Sep 8th, 2016

Tips for Those with Ankle Sprains, Part OneMany active and athletic individuals suffer with ankle sprains. It is important to treat this crippling condition promptly as there may be other underlying issues accompanying the sprain. This is Doctor Paul Betschart, and today I would like to share with those of...

Make Foot Health A Priority In 2016 Sep 5th, 2016

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? According to Time.com, 2 of the top 3 resolutions are health-related: live a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. Taking good care of your body is a big part of living a healthier lifestyle, and don’t forget your feet! Often we take...

What Is Morton’s Neuroma Sep 2nd, 2016

Morton’s Neuroma is an agonizing condition. As a podiatrist, I can tell you that this condition is certainly nothing you want to ignore. Hi, my name is Doctor Paul Betschart and I would like to teach my friends in Connecticut today about the interesting yet debilitating disease called Morton’s Neuroma....

Heel Bumps May Be Haglund’s Deformity Sep 1st, 2016

Have you noticed a bump on the back of your heel just where the top of your shoe hits the skin? This bony enlargement is called Haglund’s deformity. Also called “pump bump” because women who wear pump-type shoes often have them, these growths form at the back of the heel...