One of the more debilitating conditions that may occur in the foot is a condition known as Charcot foot. This condition is often misdiagnosed and it has the potential to affect the nearly 30 million Americans that suffer from diabetes.
In addition to diabetics, other individuals at risk of developing Charcot foot can be chemotherapy patients or individuals who are battling alcoholism.
The good news is that Charcot foot is highly treatable, but if left alone it can lead to deformity and permanent disability, requiring surgery and potentially amputation.
The Painful Symptoms of Charcot Foot
Charcot foot begins with patients losing feeling in their feet and lower extremities. This condition is known as peripheral neuropathy. In the early stages of Charcot foot, injuries may be sustained more easily than normal as the foot becomes susceptible to broken bones. While a cast can help the foot heal from the injury, it will not resolve the underlying issue that is Charcot foot.
By seeing a foot and ankle specialists like Dr. Pedram Aslmand, the condition can be properly diagnosed early on and a treatment plan can be put in place to help avoid more serious injury.
“Typically individuals don’t know that they have a condition because they are feeling no pain in the foot”, said Dr. Pedram Aslmand, Owner of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Long Beach, California, “It is the loss of sensation that should be an early warning sign that something is not right, and to consult with a physician to ensure that the problem gets addressed.”
If you notice a difference in sensation in your feet, unexplained swelling or redness, or changes in the shape of size of your foot then schedule a consultation right away to get a proper diagnosis. Charcot foot is treatable if caught early enough and a proper treatment plan can ensure that the condition does not worsen.
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