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
#DanburyCT #MiddleburyCT Chronic ankle instability is one of the possible repercussions of not treating an ankle sprain in time.
Hi, I’m Doctor Paul Betschart, a podiatrist in Danbury, and today I want to talk to you about the importance of dealing with an ankle sprain at the onset.
Like other foot ailments, ankle sprains only get worse if left untreated. Chronic ankle instability may result in some cases, in which the ankle frequently gives when when the person walks. It’s like feeling part of your leg go limp all of a sudden. Some may also develop weakness higher up in the leg.
If you have an ankle sprain or suspect that you do, see a podiatrist right away. I invite you to come to my office here in Danbury for treatment that you’ll be pleased with.
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What are Plantar Warts?
We all know about warts that can grow on the hand, but how many have heard of warts of the feet? Doctor Paul Betschart here, and I would like to talk to residents of Danbury who may be experiencing foot pain about a condition called plantar warts. Plantar warts are one of the most common foot ailments today. However, they are often mistaken for corns or calluses. The condition develops most often at either the heel or ball area of the foot, and first appears as a crusted lump. If it is left to progress, it bores deeper into the flesh and becomes extremely tender and sore.
If you think you may be dealing with plantar warts, I encourage you to make an appointment to see me, at my office here in Danbury.
Neuropathy is an interesting foot ailment, since many can suffer from it and not even know it.
I’m Doctor Paul Betschart and today’s blog is about the condition called neuropathy, which I tackle as a podiatrist here in Danbury. The word “neuro” stands for the body’s nervous system. Your nervous system is what gives you the ability to feel and discern the difference between hot and cold, smooth and sharp. If the nerves become damaged in any way, the body, in this case, the foot, becomes numb. However, nerve damage can also result in shooting pains and muscle weakness that can be quite miserable.
If you think that you might have neuropathy, I invite you to visit me, Doctor Betschart, at my office here in Danbury.
We have an innovative treatment available to help reverse the nerve damage called Neurogenx.
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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
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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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?
Steps to Eliminate Heel Pain, Part Three
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your heel pain, today is the day. This is Doctor Paul Betschart, and I am a podiatrist here in Danbury. Let’s take a look at part three of my series on steps to eliminating heel pain. If you engage in athletic activities, it is important to take a few minutes to warm up with simple stretches. Some athletes may be afflicted with heel pain due to the sudden shock that their ligaments experience. Gradually easing in to your workout could save you a lot of suffering.
If you find yourself struggling with persistent pain in your feet, come see me at my office here in Danbury.