Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, also known as “the Napoleon of the neuroses,” was a French neurologist whose name is linked to at least 15 medical eponyms, one of which is the Charcot Foot.
What is Charcot Foot?
Charcot Foot is a condition in which there is severe weakness and at times, a loss of sensation in the foot bones, caused by minimal or no known injury. This mostly happens in people suffering from nerve damage. Dislocations of bones and joints and fractures occur over a period of time if the person does not rest and the shape and form of the foot may get altered.
What causes Charcot Foot?
Years ago the medical fraternity was of the opinion that the leading cause of this syndrome was due to nerve damage caused by Syphilis, however, later studies have shown that diabetics, who have serious neuropathy, fall prey to severe foot problems such as Charcot Foot.
What are the symptoms?
- Increased redness, warmth and swelling of the foot
- If untreated, fractures and dislocations may occur
- Collapse of the mid-foot arch and instability of the ankle and hind-foot
How best to treat Charcot Foot?
- Initially, a walking brace or cast would be helpful
- If swelling continues, then discontinue walking and rest the foot by keeping it raised
- If instability progresses then surgery may be required
There are no home remedies for Charcot Foot. Immobilization to ease the pain is a temporary measure, but when dealing with nerve damage issues, it’s best to consult a good podiatrist especially for diabetics.
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