• NO FEAR OF THE FOOT DOCTOR

    It’s understandable why some may have a fear of the dentist, or going to their primary physician for a colonoscopy, or even having an annual physical. However, when it comes to the podiatrist, there is no need to have the slightest sense of fear. I know. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and I’m a foot doctor in Danbury, CT.  Having an examination of your feet is one of the most easy and painless appointments you will ever have. In fact, if you’re like many people, you may be ticklish on the bottom of your feet, and will especially have to hold in the giggles during your visit. Furthermore, our office in Danbury fosters a very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, which further makes your appointment a pleasure. We hope to see you soon!

  • Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part Two

    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

  • Suffering From an Ingrown Toenail?

    I invite you to come to my office here in Danbury and let me help stop the progression of your ingrown toenail in its tracks. Come on in for a FREE CONSULTATION! Your feet will be glad you did!

  • Don’t Operate Your Own Personal Treatment Center, Part One

    It’s best to allow a trained professional to look at your feet. I encourage you to come to my office here in Danbury and let me help. Give us a cal at 201 791 0466 or visit our website www.danburypodiatrist.com

  • How Flatfoot Affects the Entire Body

    Call us at 203 791 0466 for a FREE CONSULTATION!

  • Work Related Foot Pain

     

  • 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

  • A Toe Nail Story

    The humble toenails; we pinch them with tight or narrow shoes. We wash them, trim them and polish them. We look at them every day. But do we give them credit for the important job they play?
    Toenails are a level of protection for your toes in the event of injury. The hard surface reinforces the bone, flesh and muscle that it covers. It’s critical for overall foot health to keep the toenails healthy and strong.
    Patients with Diabetes Must Stay on Top of Toenail Health
    Individuals with diabetes must monitor their overall body health. Diabetes can bring some serious complications and even something as seemingly insignificant as your toenails can be an indicator of a problem.
    Do your toenails look normal or have they become thick and brittle? You may have a fungus infection called onychomycosis. With this condition, the nails break off easily into sharp points that can cause tiny cuts in the surrounding tissue and skin. Any break in the skin can let bacteria in, especially in the feet where they are not easily observed.
    Often neuropathy goes hand in hand with diabetes. Neuropathy, a nerve damage disease, causes loss of sensation in the extremities like the feet. You may not be able to feel cuts, sores or other types of foot damage that can lead to foot ulcers.
    Good Foot Care Can Reduce the Risk of Infections
    Practice good foot care to limit your risk of developing toenail or other fungus:
    • Keep feet clean with a daily wash in soapy water, rinse and dry carefully, especially between the toes.
    • Don’t go barefoot. Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes and warm socks for protection. Look for fabric that can wick moisture away from the feet; cotton does not do this well. Look for acrylic fabrics.
    • Wear shower shoes or flip flops when visiting public pools, showers, gyms and showers.
    • If you do a home pedicure, clean nail care tools thoroughly each time and sterilize with alcohol.
    • Stay away from artificial fingernails that may trap water and harbor fungus.
    Importantly, inspect your feet every day and call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center if you spot any change in appearance. Check toenails too for changes, especially in color or shape. Anemia sometimes causes toenails to appear paler or white. Rounded nails can be a sign of infection, lung disease or even certain kinds of cancer.
    We Can Help with any Toenail, Foot or Ankle Problems
    Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns on your foot health. Dr. Paul Betschart, board certified podiatrist will quickly diagnose any problem and discuss the best treatment options with you. You can reach our Danbury office at (203) 791-0466 or our Middlebury office at (203) 754-2249 or reach us via the website. Your toes are valuable, don’t wait too long to address any problems you may see

  • 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

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  • 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?