COVID-19 – We Are Taking This SeriouslyWith the current concerns about COVID-19 we would like to reassure our patients that we are taking all possible measures to ensure the office is cleaner than ever before.We are following all best practice measures to ensure we minimize any chances of transmitting the virus in our office.All surfaces in the waiting area and treatment rooms are being cleaned and disinfected after each patient.In addition to this you will most likely smell disinfectant through the clinic which is being used regularly throughout the day as well.We have advised all patients to please be mindful of any cold and flu symptoms and to postpone treatment if any illness should be present.We have provided hand sanitizer at our front desk. Please make sure to make use of this on arrival and departure of the clinic.It is our priority to keep you safe and well during this time.
Healthy Feet, Healthier Life
Many people have intentions of getting healthier
in the new year but foot pain slows them down.
Do you know someone like this?
A healthier life starts with healthy feet. If you
hear of someone talking about a
foot problem slowing them down,
let them know about us.
We welcome the opportunity to help
a friend, coworker or loved one get fast
relief from foot pain.
We are never too busy for your referral!
Happy New Year!
Dr. Betschart and staff
Happy and Healthy New Year and New Decade!Health can begin from the ground up. If there are any nagging foot problems that are keeping you from living that healthy lifestyle you deserve, make a resolution to take care of it to start 2020! Come on in for a consultation and get back on the road to better health!Call us at 203 791 0466
People don’t always realize how their feet can be a window into their general health. A comprehensive lower extremity exam can help identify both foot and general health problems. Get yours today! Book a consultation here or call 203 791 0466
Have you put off anything related to your foot health until you’ve met your health insurance deductible?
Understandably, many people do this. Deductibles have gotten outrageously high. Ugh!
The 4th Quarter of the year is busier than usual around here because many people have met their deductible.
We’ve already heard some people mention how meeting their deductible has motivated them to finally get a foot condition addressed.
For some it will take longer to get back to 100% because of how long the condition has persisted. Allowing foot pain to last isn’t ideal, but we realize that’s just what many people do.
So, here’s the thing…
You’ve worked hard to earn your insurance benefits. Utilizing these benefits to your advantage when needed is the wise approach.
If you have a new or lingering foot concern, now is the time to have us help you get rid of it.
Healthier feet and a healthier pocketbook are both possible when you wisely use a benefit you work hard for.
In addition, your HSA dollars can also be used toward services like custom orthotics.
Our friendly team members are always standing by to serve you.
To Healthy Feet,
Pain in the arch of the foot can be a real bear to get rid of.
Ignoring it for too long can lead to long-term pain. Often times, arch pain is a strain of the plantar fascia. It can occur if you have normal arches, flat feet, or high arches.
Most people who experience arch pain don’t recall an injury. The pain usually occurs without any warning.
Three things you can do at home for arch pain are stretching your calf muscles, avoiding going barefoot, and avoiding weight-bearing exercise.
Letting this condition linger can lead to a tear of the plantar fascia. If your pain increases and occurs throughout the day, there’s a possibility that a small tear has happened.
As is often the case with foot conditions, people who consult with us early in the onset of arch pain typically get relief faster. Many people purchase new shoes and try store-bought arch supports, but this rarely helps.
Reading this will hopefully help you to avoid falling into that trap.
If you have had pain in your arch(es) for more than a month, your best solution is to have us assess it to find the fastest path to relief.
We are always happy to serve you.
To Healthy Feet,
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,
Although medical care and outcomes cannot be guaranteed, we can guarantee your satisfaction with our office. If your experience with our office is not satisfactory, let us know promptly. We will do everything possible to resolve any issues to ensure your experience with us exceeds your expectations.
COME IN FOR A VISIT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!
Hello, this is Doctor Betschart, your favorite podiatrist in Danbury. In a previous post, we talked about plantar warts and how to identify them. Today, I want to tell you about what causes them. As surprising as it may seem, plantar warts are the result of the human papilloma virus, also known as HPV. HPV commonly grows in wet and warm areas, such as bathrooms and locker rooms and is contracted through cuts, abrasions and breaks in the skin. If you think that you might have developed plantar warts, it is important to see a foot doctor right away. We have the most effective and convenient treatments available. I encourage you to see me soon at my office here in Danbury. Call for a consultation 203 791-0466
A Revolutionary New Approach To Bunion Correction – In 3D
New Procedure Treats the Root Cause of Bunion Deformity
Dr. Betschart of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is now offering a revolutionary new approach to bunion surgery – the Lapiplasty® Procedure. Unlike traditional bunion surgery which address bunion correction only in two dimensions, the Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes cleared medical devices to precisely correct the deformity in all three dimensions at the root of the problem Advanced fixation technology is used to secure the correction in place, allowing patients to walk within days of surgery – without the need for a cast. 1 Bunions are a frequently occurring problem, with around 400,000 bunion correction procedures performed in the U.S., annually. 2 A common misconception about bunions is that they are just a simple overgrowth of bone at the base of your big toe that can be simply “shaved off”. In reality, bunions are complex deformities caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot. 3 The unstable joint (which is the foundation of the problem) allows the bone to rotate out of alignment, forming a painful “bump” at the base of the big toe that can limit a sufferer’s shoe wear and activity level. 4 Traditional bunion surgery has been limited to an incomplete, two-dimensional (2D) approach to correction; cutting the bone in half and pushing the top part over to reduce the appearance of the bump. This 2D “cut and shift” approach primarily addresses the symptoms, not the root cause – the unstable foundation of the big toe – leaving the bunion significantly more likely to come back to some degree. 5 In fact, 87% of bunions have a rotational deformity 6 which traditional bunion surgery does not address – and this is why many people who have had bunion surgery have their bunions recur. 2 Instead of cutting the bone in half and shifting it in two dimensions, the patented Lapiplasty® Three Dimensional Correction Procedure uses specially-designed instrumentation to rotate the entire unstable bone back into its normal anatomical position, naturally straightening the patient’s toe and removing the “bump” and associated pain. This simple rotation realigns the foot’s bones and innovative titanium plating technology 7,8 is utilized to permanently secure the unstable foundation, addressing the root of the bunion problem. As a result, most patients are able to put weight on their foot within days of surgery. No cast is required; allowing patients to get back to the shoe wear of their choice and activities quickly. 9
To find out if this procedure can benefit you, please call the office at 202 791-0466 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION