• Neuropathy and Frostbite: A dangerous combination

    Neuropathy and Frostbite: A Dangerous Combination
    People who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy shoel know why it’s important to avoid frostbite. Neuropathy, a condition often experienced by those with diabetes, affects the body’s ability to feel, and therefore, hot and cold often cannot be discerned. A person with neuropathy is more prone to frostbite, since they cannot feel when cold is negatively affecting their skin. This puts the individual at greater risk for an amputation. Any cold injury should be treated promptly. First aid should include slow warming of the area and protection from additional trauma. If you have suffered a cold injury to your feet or are one of the many Americans that struggles with neuropathy, I invite you to visit me, at my office here in Danbury, CT. Call right away 203 791 0466 or request an appointment here.

  • Proper foot care can prevent many foot problems

    Proper foot care can prevent many foot problems
    Here are some tips for proper foot care:

    1. Wash your feet in warm water every day, using a mild soap. Do not soak your feet. Dry your feet well, especially between the toes.

    2. If the skin on your feet is dry, keep it moist by applying lotion after you wash and dry your feet. Do not put lotion between your toes.

    3. Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any other problems. If you spot something unusual, give us a call.

    4. Check your toenails once a week. Trim your toenails with a nail clipper straight across. Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails. After clipping, smooth the toenails with a nail file. IF YOU ARE DIABETIC, come in to see us regularly to have your nails trimmed. It is dangerous to do this yourself, as a nick or cut can become infected.

    5. Gently smooth corns and calluses with an emery board or pumice stone. Do this after your bath or shower, when your skin is soft. Move the emery board in only one direction.

    6. Always wear closed-toed shoes or slippers. Do not wear sandals and do not walk barefoot, even around the house.

    7. Always wear socks or stockings. Wear socks or stockings that fit your feet well and have soft elastic.

    8. Protect your feet from heat and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.

    9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting, wiggle your toes and move your ankles several times a day, and don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.

    10. If you are diabetic, watch your diet and see us regularly for a checkup. Common foot problems can become dangerous for a diabetic.

    Take the time to take good care of your feet. In return, they’ll take you anywhere you want to go! Please call us at 203 791 0466 or request an appointment online

  • 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.

  • Dropped something on your foot?

    It could be worse than you think…

    Dropping something on your foot can lead to long-term pain. We’ve seen it happen many times. A broken bone can be the least of the concerns.

    Injury to a nerve can be the most significant problem. We never dismiss an injury to the top of the foot when an x-ray is negative (no broken bone).

    We’ve seen many patients who have suffered for months because of an injury to a nerve. If you drop something on the top of your foot either at home or work, simply being aware of what can occur will help to keep you out of danger.

    In addition to rest, ice and elevation, keeping pressure off the top of the foot is important. Wearing looser fitting shoes or sandals, if the weather allows, will help to avoid further irritation to the nerves.

    Avoid wrapping your foot in an ace bandage. You want as little pressure on the top of the foot as possible.

    Because more can go wrong than just a broken bone, we recommend seeing us as opposed to an urgent care clinic for injuries to the feet.

    If you have had months of pain after dropping something on your foot, we’d be happy to evaluate it. We enjoy serving you!

    And Happy New Year,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466
    http://www.danburypodiatrist.com/

  • Ugly Toenail Syndrome!

    If you want to avoid Ugly Toenail Syndrome, this message is for you…

    An injured toenail can lead to an unfortunate lifelong cosmetic problem. We’ve seen many of these over the years.

    Having us evaluate an injured toenail as early as possible is your best chance of avoiding a long-term problem. Sometimes an injured toenail can be saved. Other times, removing an injured nail and having a new one grow back is the best solution.

    Another reason an injured nail should be addressed immediately is the risk of fungus. An injured toenail can create an opening for a germ like fungus to enter. If fungus invades an injured toenail, a favorable result isn’t certain.

    The best things to do for an injured toenail are to apply an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin, wear a Band-Aid on the toe, and wear looser-fitting shoes.

    An injured toenail that is loose and/or dark should be looked at immediately because the risk of infection is higher.

    Anyone with diabetes is at an even greater risk of an infection.

    Don’t take the chance of having an injured toenail become a long-term cosmetic problem. Some people can’t show their feet in public because of an injury that resulted in a permanent condition.

    It’s usually easy for us to fix an injured toenail.

    Please let us know how we can serve you best.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!