• 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
    203-791-0466

  • Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part Two

    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 many people today. Many times people try to treat their bunions by using an ice pack. While this may help to relieve some of the swelling that develops from the protruded bone, it will not target the root cause of the issue that is causing the swelling in the first place. Misalignment of the entire big toe joint is the root cause of the problem.

    If you are dealing with a bunion, get it evaluated right away. I’d love for you to visit me, here at my office in Danbury. We have the most advanced treatments available, including the revolutionary Lapiplasty 3 dimensional bunion correction. Come on in for a consultation to see if it is right for you Call 203 791 0466 or visit www.danburypodiatrist.com

  • 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 to you today about some of the mistakes that people make by trying to treat their bunions and other foot ailments by themselves. Many people use topical creams to help relieve their suffering; however, topical creams can never cure a bunion or any other foot ailment. They may bring temporary relief in helping to reduce redness or swelling, but the issue still remains.

    It’s best to allow a trained professional to look at your feet. I encourage you to come to my office here in Danbury and let me help. Give us a cal at 201 791 0466 or visit our website www.danburypodiatrist.com

  • Embarrassed of your feet?

    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 to tell you that you don’t need to feel this way forever. I can help your feet look healthy and beautiful again. Issues such as discolored nails, fungal nails, hammertoes and bunions be conquered. We help make it happen every day in my office. If you’ve been covering your feet up with heavy shoes, and have a hard time even looking at them yourself in the shower, I invite you to come to my office in Danbury and let me help you out. You can count on me for compassionate care.

  • What is a bunion?

    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 weight, which creates pain both inside and out. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Care, we want our patients to be informed about the causes and treatments of this common complaint.
    Bunion Causes
    A bunion is actually the result of a bone deformity. First, the joint at the base of the big toe begins to move out of place due to an imbalance in the weight distribution on the joints and tendons. The big toe drifts toward the second toe, eventually causing the bump on the side of the toe. Although bunions themselves are not hereditary, the faulty foot structure that causes the misalignment of the toe bone can be genetic. Other causes of bunions are an injury and arthritis.
    Diagnosis and Treatment
    Although a bunion is readily visible, our podiatrist, Dr. Paul Betschart, may order an x-ray to see the degree of deformity and how far the bunion has progressed. Once the bunion has been evaluated, a treatment plan can be determined that is right for you. There are several conservative measures the foot doctor can use, including:
    • Icing-to relieve inflammation and pain
    • Medications-nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen may be prescribed for pain relief
    • Padding-placed over the bunion to help protect it and reduce friction from footwear
    • Orthotics-inserted into shoes can help correct mechanical defects and shift pressure off the affected joints
    Your footwear choices can also make a big difference in your comfort level. Choose shoes with roomy toe boxes and low heels to minimize pain and pressure. For more information on how to treat a bunion, contact our Danbury or Middlebury office for an appointment. 203 791-0466

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