• Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Don’t ignore this one…
     
    There is a nerve in your foot that can get pinched just like carpal tunnel in the hand. The area is on the inside of the ankle and it’s called the Tarsal Tunnel.
     
    Pain can occur right in that spot. Pain can also occur in your heel, arch, and the balls of your feet.
     
    Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause pain anywhere on the bottom of the foot. The sensations of nerve pain are often sharpness, burning, and tingling. Some people even notice an aching sensation in their arch from tarsal tunnel syndrome, especially after activity. The symptoms are commonly present even when someone is off their feet.
     
    There are several possible causes of a pinched nerve in your foot and ankle.
     
    The wrong shoes and even tight socks could be the culprit. Other than making sure your shoes aren’t pressing too tightly against the inside of your ankles and wearing socks that don’t feel tight, there is not much you can do at home for this condition.
     
    Careful clinical examination can usually give the diagnosis. If we suspect this condition, we have effective methods to alleviate the pain.
     
    Pain on the inside of your ankle, heel, or arch might be from a pinched nerve. The longer a nerve is pinched, the lower the probability that a non-surgical solution will work.
     
    We specialize in diagnosing and treating tarsal tunnel syndrome.
     
    We welcome the opportunity to serve you should the need arise.
     
    To Healthy Feet,
     
    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • Chronic or recurrent plantar fasciitis options

    If you still have Plantar Fasciitis or have it again this message is for you. We keep learning more about this condition and what works best to cure it. Never fear if you’ve had it for months or even years. There definitely is a solution!

    One thing we know now more than ever is that more people with pain in the heel develop more scar-like tissue than we ever realized. The pain tends to be more consistent and often more intense. If you got relief from cortisone or other treatments but the pain has returned, you could have this scar-like tissue problem. The Plantar Fascia essentially degenerates for an unknown reason. When it does so the body can’t regenerate it without outside help.

    One of the most exciting innovations in healthcare is Stem Cell treatment. We’ve seen astonishing results using stem cells in treating Plantar Fasciitis. What they do essentially is regenerate tissue that has degenerated. These cells are the outside help the body needs to heal the damaged tissue. Not only is Stem Cell treatment safe and effective, it prevents the need for surgery. What’s more, a treatment of this kind doesn’t necessitate time missed from work. Finding innovative treatments that keep our patients doing everyday tasks remains a goal of ours.

    Besides Stem Cell treatment, the other non-invasive technology we’ve been using successfully for chronic heel pain is called Prolotheray. Prolotherapy helps regenerate a degenerated Plantar Fascia just like stem cells do, but in a different way. Prolotherapy jump starts the healing process by “tricking” the body that there is an acute injury in an area, signaling the healing process to begin again. And, just like stem cells it’s done right in our office without any down-time.

    Should a surgical approach be needed, minimally invasive plantar fascia release is and effective solution, which can also be performed in our office with minimal down time.

    We’d be happy to determine whether Stem Cell Treatment, Prolotherapy, surgery or another treatment is the best option for you. We’re here to serve you.

  • 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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  • Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Three

    Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Three

    If you’re ready to say goodbye to your heel pain, today is the day. This is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I am a podiatrist here in Danbury. Let’s take a look at part three of my series on steps to eliminating heel pain. If you engage in athletic activities, it is important to take a few minutes to warm up with simple stretches. Some athletes may be afflicted with heel pain due to the sudden shock that their ligaments experience. Gradually easing in to your workout could save you a lot of suffering.

    If you find yourself struggling with persistent pain in your feet, come see me at my office here in Danbury.

  • Steps to eliminate heel pain. Part 2

    Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Two

    “Ow!” Is that the word of the day for you most of the time? If so, you need relief from your foot pain fast. I’m here to help. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and I am a foot doctor in Danbury. Today, I would like to present part two of my three part series on ways that you can eliminate heel pain. Footwear is everything! If you are on your feet all day at work, are an avid runner, or are involved in other forms of athletics, it is important to choose footwear that provides sufficient cushioning and support for your feet. Your feet need the assistance of absorbing the shock of pounding the pavement. Just changing your shoes can help a lot. However, if you suffer with heel pain, you should also stay under the watchful eye of a licensed podiatrist. Why not come see me, here in Danbury or Middlebury? I will get to the root of the problem and get you back in action fast!

  • Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part One

    Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part One

    If you suffer with intense heel pain, you will be excited to read today’s post. Hello friends, this is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I’m here today to give residents of Danbury tips on eliminating heel pain. One of the ways to find relief from heel pain is to give your feet rest every day. If you work a job that keeps you on your feet all day, especially a position where you are continually pounding the pavement, your feet are going to naturally become tired and sore. At the end of the day, put your feet up and relax. Take some time to allow your heels to recover from the strain that they’ve been put through.

    If you suffer with heel pain, I invite you to come visit me at my podiatry office here in Danbury.

    We will get you better fast!