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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

Charcot-Marie-Teeth (CMT) is a group of inherited conditions whichPic of Charcot foot damage the peripheral nerves. It is also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN).

The peripheral nerves are found outside the brain/spinal cord and relay information from the limbs to the brain. This includes our sense of touch and can particularly affect the feet.

Symptoms of CMT

The symptoms of CMT usually start to appear between the ages of 5 and 15, although they sometimes don't develop until well into middle age or later.  These may include: 

  • Muscle weakness in the feet, ankles and legs
  • A lack of sensation in the arms and feet or very cold hands and feet which is caused by poor circulation

CMT is a progressive condition. This means the Charcot foot 2 imagesymptoms get slowly worse over time, making everyday tasks increasingly difficult.  This also means that the lack of sensation in the feet also gets worse over time.

Importance of foot inspections

Having limited sensation in the feet means a higher risk of developing ulcers which may go unnoticed. Therefore regular inspection and cleaning of your feet is crucial to avoid a risk of injury and infection. Using a simple foot mirror will make these inspections much easier.

It is important that you contact your doctor or nurse if you notice any signs of ulcers developing on your feet.

To help with your daily foot checking routine, and find products to help your feet if you suffer from any form of CMT in your feet, please visit our online shop.

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