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
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,
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!
Embarrassed of your Feet?
Let’s face it. There are a lot of people who are embarrassed of their feet. They don’t want anyone to know about some of the unsightly ailments that they are struggling with. I’m Doctor Paul Betschart , a foot doctor from Danbury, CT, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to feel this way forever. I can help your feet look healthy and beautiful again. Issues such as discolored nails, fungal nails, hammertoes and bunions be conquered. We help make it happen every day in my office. If you’ve been covering your feet up with heavy shoes, and have a hard time even looking at them yourself in the shower, I invite you to come to my office in Danbury and let me help you out. You can count on me for compassionate care.
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