Learn More About The Symptoms, Treatment, And Prevention Of Charcot Foot.
Charcot foot is a condition that often goes unrecognized until severe complications occur. Charcotfoot is one of the most critical foot problems caused by diabetes. Charcot foot can deform the shape of the foot and lead to disability or even amputation. It weakens the bones in the foot and occurs in people who have significant nerve damage in the feet, or neuropathy. Neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that leads to a loss of sensation in the feet and makes it more difficult for patients to feel temperature changes, trauma, or pain. Diabetes also damages blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to the feet.
Early recognition and diagnosis of Charcot foot is vital because of the potentially devastating consequences of the condition. Patients with diabetes ought to take measures to prevent the condition and seek immediate medical care if they notice any of the signs or symptoms of the disease.
In patients with Charcot foot, the bones in the feet weaken to the point that the bones fracture. As the disorder progresses, the joints start to collapse and the feet may become misshapen. Patients may continue to walk due to a loss of sensation in the feet, which in turn worsens the condition.
Symptoms Of Charcot Feet
Patients with Charcot feet often don’t feel any pain, but some common symptoms of the condition include swelling, redness, and changes to the bone. Other signs of Charcot foot include warmth to the touch and soreness. To arrive at a diagnosis, a foot and ankle surgeon may examine the feet with X-rays and imaging studies.
Charcot Foot Treatment Options
Early diagnosis is essential to the successful treatment of Charcot feet. The goal of treatment is to heal the broken bones and prevent further joint destruction and deformity. The use of a cast can be very effective in treating swelling and protecting the bones. Patients are advised not to put weight on their feet until the bones heal. Crutches or a wheelchair are often necessary.
After the bones in the feet begin to fuse back together and the swelling subsides, a doctor may recommend that the patient wear custom diabetic shoes or walking boots. These shoes are designed to decrease the risk of ulcers. Oftentimes, patients who have Charcot foot are advised not to wear normal shoes because they don’t fit correctly.
If a patient is at high risk for ulcers or protective custom shoes aren’t effective, surgery may be the recommended treatment. To ensure the best possible outcome, it’s important that patients to follow the doctor’s treatment recommendations carefully. Furthermore, patients should inspect their feet carefully on a daily basis and keep their blood sugar levels under control to avoid future complications.
Get Regular Checkups From A Foot And Ankle Surgeon
Don’t leave the health of your feet to chance. If you have diabetes, be sure to see a Seattle podiatrist for regular checkups. At the Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington, we serve patients throughout the greater Seattle area in Redmond, Renton, Everett, and Kirkland. For more information about Charcot foot treatment or to schedule an appointment with our Seattle podiatrists, please contact us by calling (425) 678-3877 or filling out our online contact form.