• 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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!

  • 26 Bones

    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 in a number of locations: toes, arches, the shins, and more. Some people may be suffering with a foot fracture and not even know it. They may just be aware that their foot hurts and are not sure why.

    If you are experiencing foot pain, let me help. Come see me at my office in Danbury and let me see if perhaps you are dealing with a foot fracture that needs professional treatment

  • Flatfoot and the body

    #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 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.
    If you are struggling with flatfoot, I encourage you to come see me, Doctor Betschart, at my office here in Danbury.
    Get a FREE Consultation by calling 203-791-0466

  • Ankle instability

    #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 only get worse if left untreated. Chronic ankle instability may result in some cases, in which the ankle frequently gives when when the person walks. It’s like feeling part of your leg go limp all of a sudden. Some may also develop weakness higher up in the leg.
    If you have an ankle sprain or suspect that you do, see a podiatrist right away. I invite you to come to my office here in Danbury for treatment that you’ll be pleased with.
    Get a FREE Consultation by calling 203-791-0466 or clicking the box to the right

  • Neuropathy Answers

    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 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.
    Get a FREE Consultation by calling 203-791-0466 or clicking the link below
    http://advancedfootandanklecenter.com/free-reports/
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  • 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

    P.S. Ask Susan about our FREE CONSULTATION offer.

  • Why a Podaitrist

    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 the doctor ordered. My name is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I have a podiatry office here in Danbury, CT. I see lots of people all the time who have a plethora of problems with their feet: bunions, diabetic foot, flatfoot, ingrown toenails…you name it. Sometimes people put off going to the doctor because they feel that they can deal with issues on their own. However, home remedies fail while symptoms continue, and thus the pain sufferer knows that they must seek help from a professional. Perhaps you deal with sore feet at night. Maybe your toenails are discolored or cracked. Maybe you feel like your feet have lost their proper arch support. I would be happy to take a look at your feet and advise you regarding any underlying problems that you may not be aware of. You may be surprised about how much better you feel afterward. Why not visit me at my office here in Danbury?