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.
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To Healthy Feet,
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
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?
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
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
How Flatfoot Affects the Entire Body
Hello, this is Doctor Paul Betschart here, your local podiatrist from Danbury, CT. 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. We have the most advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities available, including minimally invasive surgical approaches and custom foot orthoses
If you are struggling with flatfoot, I encourage you to come see me, Doctor Betschart, at my office here in Danbury.
Call us at 203 791 0466 for a FREE CONSULTATION!
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
#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
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
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.
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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