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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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Understanding Charcot Foot

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there are damaged nerves in the extremities, including the feet. This neuropathy can lead to the weakening of the bones in the foot, which is often known as Charcot foot. When these bones weaken, fractures in the foot can be worse, and bones in the joints can collapse. Ultimately, Charcot foot can disable the foot by causing it to become deformed and potentially require amputation. Some symptoms of Charcot foot include a warmness to the touch of the foot, redness, swelling, and pain. Diabetic patients should also be more aware of Charcot foot because the neuropathy that often goes hand-in-hand with diabetes can lead to this condition as well. Patients who are struggling with neuropathy, or believe that they have Charcot foot, should consult with a podiatrist for a proper assessment of their condition. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Kennan Runte, DPM from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grass Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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