• Considering elective foot surgery?

    It’s always up to you…

    Most foot surgery is elective.

    Elective means it’s always up to you, the patient, to decide if and when to have it.

    We are often asked when the right time is to consider surgery.

    In most cases, the best answer is when the pain is becoming intolerable.

    Most people who undergo elective foot surgery do so because they are experiencing pain from a particular condition on a daily basis.

    Not being able to wear certain shoes comfortably or exercise regularly are other reasons to consider foot surgery.

    If a condition such as a bunion or deformed toe is getting worse, we’ll recommend fixing the condition sooner than later to avoid a more serious situation.

    The rare circumstance of proceeding with elective foot surgery when pain isn’t present is in a diabetic condition.

    Many people with diabetes lose feeling in their feet. Correcting a foot deformity earlier than usual in this case is even more important, to avoid a major complication.

    Bunions, hammer toes, bone spurs, and plantar fasciitis are examples of foot conditions that may ultimately need to be resolved surgically.

    We always try as many non-surgical solutions as possible for these and most other foot conditions.

    Unfortunately, there are times when foot conditions do not respond to non-surgical methods.

    Since there are many things to consider when undergoing foot surgery, such as the impact on working, driving, and basic home needs, the ultimate decision is up to you.

    If you ever seek a second opinion, beware of the doctor who wants to push surgery on you.

    It might be the best option, but not unless conservative options have been exhausted.

    If you are considering foot surgery, we’d be happy to walk you through the process and determine if it’s the best option for you.

    We are here to serve you.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • 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

  • 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

  • Dry skin isn’t always dry skin!

    Most people don’t realize that dry skin on the bottom of the feet could be a sign of Athlete’s Foot. Dry skin isn’t always just dry skin. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 years old or 80 years old, dry skin could mean you have Fungus in the skin.

    Athlete’s Foot doesn’t always cause itching like we think it does. If dry skin goes untreated, it could lead to fungus in the nails. No one wants that! If dry skin doesn’t respond to the typical moisturizing creams or lotions you can get over-the-counter, then switching to an anti-fungal cream would be the best option. An inexpensive over-the-counter anti-fungal cream such as Clotrimazole is a good option. Apply it to the bottom of your feet twice a day. If you have dryness between the toes, apply a small amount there as well.

    If you have diabetes, it’s best to consult with our office before using a product like this. Some people are just genetically predisposed to the dry version of athlete’s foot.

    If you have chronically dry skin, it’s a good idea to use an anti-fungal cream just in case fungus is present.

    If you notice a yellow, white, or brown discoloration of a toenail, having it treated by us immediately is the best option. A discolored toenail left untreated can become a very ugly and sometimes painful condition. Remember, dry skin isn’t always just dry skin. Attend to it with a moisturizing cream; if that doesn’t work, switch to an antifungal cream.

    Please let us know how we can serve you best.

    To Healthy Feet,

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

  • NO FEAR OF THE FOOT DOCTOR

    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

    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

  • Suffering From an Ingrown Toenail?

    Suffering From an Ingrown Toenail?

    Are you suffering from the pain of an ingrown toenail? Does your foot throb when you put pressure on it? Does the light weight of your bed sheets even cause pain at times? Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist here in Danbury, CT, and I want to help. Although the toe is one of the smallest and most forgotten members of the body, when it is injured, it can quickly gain your attention. I understand that the pain can be debilitating at times, and many suffer unnecessarily because they try to treat themselves or wait for the problem to go away on its own.

    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

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

    Sometimes people try to treat their own foot pain, and play the role of both doctor and patient. Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist from Danbury, CT, and I would like to talk to you today about some of the mistakes that people make by trying to treat their bunions and other foot ailments by themselves. Many people use topical creams to help relieve their suffering; however, topical creams can never cure a bunion or any other foot ailment. They may bring temporary relief in helping to reduce redness or swelling, but the issue still remains.

    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