Huber Heights Office
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then you are likely aware of the complications that can arise from this disease. Often times, these complication affect the foot and ankle area. One such condition is called Charcot’s foot. This condition is progressive, degenerative and affects the joints of the foot. It is very common for those with diabetes to have some sort of neuropathy in their feet. While neuropathy is not a symptom of Charcot’s, it does not help with the condition. Because of the limited feeling in the foot, a person does not usually realize they have the condition. The symptoms also tend to mimic those of diabetes are a multitude of other ailments. Some symptoms include, but are not limited to, redness, swelling, malformation of the foot, discoloration and warmth of the foot. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Treating Charcot’s foot is time consuming, but entirely possible. First and foremost, you must do your best to keep you diabetes under control. Keeping a close eye on your blood sugar will not only help you to not develop Charcot’s, but also a wide array of other diabetes related conditions. If you believe that you might already have Charcot’s foot, the best thing to do is to come in and have one of our doctors take a look. Charcot’s can often be corrected with such things as orthotics, braces or crutches. Surgery is also an option, but one that is often saved as a last resort. Any Questions? Please give our office a call, we would be more than happy to help you!