• Arch Pain is a Real Bear!

    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.

    Most people who experience arch pain don’t recall an injury. The pain usually occurs without any warning.

    Three things you can do at home for arch pain are stretching your calf muscles, avoiding going barefoot, and avoiding weight-bearing exercise.

    Letting this condition linger can lead to a tear of the plantar fascia. If your pain increases and occurs throughout the day, there’s a possibility that a small tear has happened.

    As is often the case with foot conditions, people who consult with us early in the onset of arch pain typically get relief faster. Many people purchase new shoes and try store-bought arch supports, but this rarely helps.

    Reading this will hopefully help you to avoid falling into that trap.

    If you have had pain in your arch(es) for more than a month, your best solution is to have us assess it to find the fastest path to relief.

    We are always happy to serve you.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

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  • How Flatfoot Affects the Entire Body

    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, it may be surprising that it can affect other parts of the body. However, when an individual loses the support of their arch, weight is then shifted to other areas, such as the hips or knees. When the feet are not carrying a person properly, the rest of the lower body tries to make up for it. Consequently, the body feels a lot of pain because of the strain and misalignment. We have the most advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities available, including minimally invasive surgical approaches and custom foot orthoses

    If you are struggling with flatfoot, I encourage you to come see me, Doctor Betschart, at my office here in Danbury.

    Call us at 203 791 0466 for a FREE CONSULTATION!