Charcot Arthropathy

Charcot Arthropathy is a neurological disorder affecting motor and sensory function throughout the body. Patients with this condition experience damage to the nerve or the myelin sheath, the protective covering over nerves in the brain. This results in a weakening of signals sent from the brain to the extremities so patients often have problems with their feet. Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing Charcot Arthropathy and may experience more severe symptoms.

Symptoms of Charcot Arthropathy may include:

  • Weakness
  • Loss of muscle
  • High foot arches
  • Hammertoes
  • Frequent tripping
  • Numbness

While there is no cure currently available for Charcot Arthropathy, certain treatments can help patients cope with the symptoms of this condition and improve their quality of life. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, braces and surgery for severe cases may be used to promote muscle strength and function, while medications may be prescribed to relieve pain as needed. Most patients benefit from a combination of treatments in order to treat their individual condition.

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