• Happy and Healthy New Year!

    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 

  • Your feet are a window to your health!

    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 met your deductible?

    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,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466
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  • Addressing a Child’s Foot Pain

    Addressing a Child’s Foot Pain

    What parent wouldn’t do everything in their power to keep their children healthy?

    Being proactive about a child’s foot concern is an important part of this philosophy.

    Pain in a child’s feet isn’t normal. It’s rarely from ill-fitting shoes.

    Unless a child has a deformity such as a bunion, foot pain is often a biomechanical problem.

    This is considered good news.

    A biomechanical problem means a part of their foot is getting stressed or fatigued by abnormal movements

    The solution is often very simple.

    Custom or custom-like orthotics resolve the pain almost 100% of the time.

    Orthotics also significantly help to relieve juvenile bunion pain and leg pain as well.

    Solving a child’s pain and biomechanical condition goes a long way toward avoiding future problems as a teenager or adult.

    Many knee and back issues may be avoided by addressing the feet at a younger age.

    A proactive approach to a child’s complaint about foot pain can help to avoid both short-term and long-term suffering.

    We are here to serve you and your children.

    To Healthy Feet,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

  • Size Matters!

    Maybe it’s the wrong size…
     
    Sometimes the easiest solution is the best solution.
     
    Why complicate things?
     
    One of the easiest and often overlooked ways to address foot pain is by checking shoe size.
     
    Studies show a large percentage of people aren’t wearing the right shoe size, so making sure you are is a good first step.
     
    Shoes that are too big for you can be as detrimental as shoes that are too small.
     
    Having your feet move side to side or front to back in your shoes can lead to calluses, inflammation and sometimes open sores.
     
    It’s even more important for people with Diabetes to have perfect fitting shoes.
     
    A sore can lead to an infection and worse.
     
    Having your feet measured every time you purchase shoes is highly recommended.
     
    Also check the fit of new shoes by tying them on before buying them. Shoe sizing is not universal.
     
    Although it’s easier now than ever to purchase shoes online or at self-serve stores, these aren’t the recommended approach.
     
    Avoiding unnecessary foot pain can be as simple as wearing the right size shoes.
     
    If you feel your foot pain isn’t from the wrong size shoes, we are here to help alleviate it.
     
    To Healthy Feet,
     
    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466
    http://www.danburypodiatrist.com/
     
    P.S. We can measure your shoe size for you right here in the office.
     
    Interesting Fact: Feet can get longer and wider with age which can affect our shoe size

  • Arch Pain is a Real Bear!

    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,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

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  • Ugly Toenail Syndrome!

    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,

    Dr. Betschart
    203-791-0466

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  • 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/

  • Danbury Podiatrist set to run NYC Marathon 2019 to benefit charity

    Danbury podiatrist Paul Betschart, DPM has teamed up with Sandy Hook Promise and will run in the 2019 New York City Marathon to help raise funds for this worthy cause. The platform of ending gun violence is important to support, regardless of our politics. Dr Betschart will run the 26.2 miles for the families of those who have lost loved ones to gun violence and will raise money to support the efforts of Sandy Hook Promise. A donation page has been established for those in the community that would like to support this effort: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/sandy-hook-promise-foundation-nyc-2019/paulbetschart

    Dr Betschart is also having a raffle for his patients, old and new, who can donate as well as a variety of thank you gift for donations of different amounts. Please call or visit the office for details. 203 791 0466

  • HAPPY FEET GUARANTEED!

    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!

    203 791-0466