• Even a small sore on a diabetic foot can be a problem

    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 the bottom of the foot can easily go unnoticed because of numbness.

    This is why people with diabetes should inspect the bottom of their feet every day.

    Diabetes also often causes the immune system to function less than optimally. This means the body isn’t as good at healing a sore or an infection. Not having a good enough immune system along with poor circulation and sensation means people with diabetes must think of every sore as a potentially serious problem.

    The steps to take with a sore are keeping it clean, using an antibiotic cream, applying gauze to protect it from rubbing, and immediately scheduling an appointment.

    Of course, figuring out the cause of the sore–such as the possibility of shoes not fitting properly–is extremely important.

    Preventing an infection is first priority. If you or a loved one has diabetes, simply being aware of how risky it is to have something as simple as a small sore is the first step to avoiding a major complication.

    We specialize in keeping the feet of our patients with diabetes as healthy as possible. Preventing amputations starts with early intervention of any skin or nail concern in a person with diabetes.

    We are here to serve you.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • Work Related Foot Pain

    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 ailments that can occur as a result of repeated stress on your feet, from corns to blisters, to even more serious issues such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis and stress fractures.

    As a podiatrist, I can prescribe a plan for you to avoid serious problems with your feet that can stem from your active professional life. Stop by my office in Danbury to learn learn more. Certainly, if you do have a work related foot or ankle injury, we are here to help you get back to work as quickly as possible

     

  • What is Diabetic Foot?

    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

    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!