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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
July 05, 2017

Diabetics have an array of different obstacles they have to come on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the need to watch their sugar intake and insulin levels is not the only concern someone with diabetes has. People with diabetes also have to worry about their feet. Diabetes and the feet are linked. Studies show that those with diabetes are more likely to encounter foot problems. One such problem a diabetic can face is Charcot Arthropathy or Charcot Foot.

Charcot foot is a relatively rare condition, even for those that are suffering from diabetes. Although it is rare, it is not unheard of. It is a very serious condition where the joints inside the foot become disrupt and begin to disintegrate.  This can start in the foot and make its way into the ankle. It causes the foot to begin to look deformed and large amounts of pain.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Charcot foot are redness, swelling, and deformity. These symptoms can range in severity and are different for each individual.

Cause

The cause of Charcot Foot is not yet clear. It is understood that Charcot Foot and Diabetes share a link and that people with Diabetes are more likely to acquire the disorder.

Treatment

It is crucial to call a podiatrist right away if you have any symptoms of Charcot Foot. If this disease is left untreated it can lead to ulcers, infection, amputation or death.

Once a Podiatrist diagnosis the disease treatment will start right away. Typically, a cast is put on the affected area to immobilize the foot. This helps prevent any further injury or damage and allows for the foot to heal. Depending on the severity of the case, the Podiatrist may recommend surgery for the foot. Some cases can be corrected with surgery. After intervention, treatment, and prevention, and depending on the severity and amount of trauma to the foot, people can heal from the disease in as little as 1-2 years.

Please contact Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama, located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan right away if you think you may have Charcot Foot or any other foot or ankle related problems. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online. Your health matters.



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