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Patients with diabetes who have numbness from nerve damage often experience a complete lack of feeling in their feet as the disease progresses. This can lead to the development of a problem called Charcot Foot. With this condition, you’ll find a severe and disabling deformity that occurs to the foot often without the patient even being aware of it. Weakened bones can actually fracture and cause the foot to collapse, requiring surgery or even possible amputation.
Symptoms of Charcot foot
Extreme swelling and warmth in the foot are early signs of this disorder. Always have your foot specialist perform a thorough exam. Many of the problems of Charcot foot will be physically obvious, but imaging studies such as X-ray or MRI are necessary to determine the full extent of the damage.
Treatments for Charcot foot include the following:
- Rigid boot or cast may be required—Weakened bones in the feet may need a rigid boot or cast to hold them in place while healing occurs. A wheelchair or walker will help to decrease pressure on the foot during the healing period which may last for several months or more.
- Custom orthotic inserts and specially made shoes—After the initial healing period from any surgery or other intervention, you will need to wear custom shoes. These are constructed with stabilizing braces and orthotic inserts to prevent foot ulcers and to keep the foot from collapsing again.
- Activity changes—An activity plan that isn’t too strenuous will be required to avoid causing new damage to the foot.
For expert treatment of Charcot foot disease, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
A foot ulcer is one of the most problematic of events for a patient with diabetes. Since the peripheral neuropathy of diabetes causes a lack of sensation in the extremities, the feet become extremely susceptible to sores and cuts. These injuries can rapidly deteriorate into gangrenous ulcers, possibly requiring amputation of a toe or the entire foot if the infection has spread too far.
The best way to prevent foot ulcers and to avoid the complications and possible amputation risks is to take good care of your feet.
Some excellent methods for preventing diabetic foot ulcers include the following:
- Proper footwear—Wearing shoes that are too tight is one of the most common contributors to diabetic foot problems. You also don’t want your shoes to be too loose in order to prevent friction and blisters or other damage to the skin. Your toes need to have enough room to move around, and your ankles and arches need to be adequately supported. Specially designed shoes for those with diabetes have extra room for shoe inserts and ankle supports. Don’t forget about your socks. Socks for patients with diabetes are seamless and have extra cushioning, while the tops are less restrictive to help promote blood circulation.
- Daily foot inspections—Since nerve damage makes it difficult or impossible to know when you have an injury to your foot, it’s very important to perform a thorough foot inspection every day. Look for any blisters, cuts, or other wounds. Also pay attention to cracks in the skin that can allow bacteria to enter, possibly causing infection. Check the bottoms of your feet using a mirror, and be sure to carefully inspect between the toes. Remember to always look carefully at your toenails for signs of a fungal nail infection.
For more expert advice on foot ulcer prevention and treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!