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 nervous system is what gives you the ability to feel and discern the difference between hot and cold, smooth and sharp. If the nerves become damaged in any way, the body, in this case, the foot, becomes numb. However, nerve damage can also result in shooting pains and muscle weakness that can be quite miserable.
If you think that you might have neuropathy, I invite you to visit me, Doctor Betschart, at my office here in Danbury.
We have an innovative treatment available to help reverse the nerve damage called Neurogenx.
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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. The hard surface reinforces the bone, flesh and muscle that it covers. It’s critical for overall foot health to keep the toenails healthy and strong.
Patients with Diabetes Must Stay on Top of Toenail Health
Individuals with diabetes must monitor their overall body health. Diabetes can bring some serious complications and even something as seemingly insignificant as your toenails can be an indicator of a problem.
Do your toenails look normal or have they become thick and brittle? You may have a fungus infection called onychomycosis. With this condition, the nails break off easily into sharp points that can cause tiny cuts in the surrounding tissue and skin. Any break in the skin can let bacteria in, especially in the feet where they are not easily observed.
Often neuropathy goes hand in hand with diabetes. Neuropathy, a nerve damage disease, causes loss of sensation in the extremities like the feet. You may not be able to feel cuts, sores or other types of foot damage that can lead to foot ulcers.
Good Foot Care Can Reduce the Risk of Infections
Practice good foot care to limit your risk of developing toenail or other fungus:
• Keep feet clean with a daily wash in soapy water, rinse and dry carefully, especially between the toes.
• Don’t go barefoot. Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes and warm socks for protection. Look for fabric that can wick moisture away from the feet; cotton does not do this well. Look for acrylic fabrics.
• Wear shower shoes or flip flops when visiting public pools, showers, gyms and showers.
• If you do a home pedicure, clean nail care tools thoroughly each time and sterilize with alcohol.
• Stay away from artificial fingernails that may trap water and harbor fungus.
Importantly, inspect your feet every day and call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center if you spot any change in appearance. Check toenails too for changes, especially in color or shape. Anemia sometimes causes toenails to appear paler or white. Rounded nails can be a sign of infection, lung disease or even certain kinds of cancer.
We Can Help with any Toenail, Foot or Ankle Problems
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns on your foot health. Dr. Paul Betschart, board certified podiatrist will quickly diagnose any problem and discuss the best treatment options with you. You can reach our Danbury office at (203) 791-0466 or our Middlebury office at (203) 754-2249 or reach us via the website. Your toes are valuable, don’t wait too long to address any problems you may see
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 known as diabetic foot. I’m here to help. Diabetic foot is a condition where small cuts and bruises on the feet can become dangerous, due to the fact that many diabetics experience neuropathy, which keeps them from detecting injuries. Therefore, a simple blister can turn into a foot ulcer that eats away at the flesh if not dealt with promptly. While it is important for diabetics to regularly check their feet for any injuries, it is equally necessary to have regular check-ups at your local podiatrist’s office. If you live in the Danbury area, please keep me in mind for your next appointment.
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 off small in the form of a blister or abrasion, and then develop into an open wound. The most common suffers of this condition are diabetics who struggle with neuropathy. This is a dangerous combination, because neuropathy hinders the body from sensing the normal pains of a wound, thus potentially leaving it undetected and open for further development and infection. If you suffer with foot ulcers, or are concerned about the potential for developing one, I want to help you conquer them head-on! Stop by and see me, at my office in Danbury and let’s talk!
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 of neuropathy. There are a number of factors that can trigger this condition. Because smoking often depletes the body of much-needed oxygen, appendages such as legs and feet can lose their feeling. Alcohol can also have negative effects, as it is a toxin that can poison the nerves. Those with high blood sugar can commonly develop neuropathy as well. Chemical exposure, including medicines can be causative factors as well.
If you think you might be suffering with this condition, I want to help. I encourage you to make an appointment to see me, at my office in Danbury. I have some innovative treatments available that you won’t find anywhere else!