requesting info on Charcot foot
Thank you for your information on Charcot Foot. You have explained things in a very straightforward way that is very easy to understand, by far the best basic information that I have found in all of my web searching.
I have developed this problem in my right foot and now my left foot is deteroitating very quickly. I know everyone is different, and it is impossible to give an absolute response to anyone without knowing all of the details ....BUT ... can I ask you a couple of questions. I have been wearing a Charcot boot on the right foot, having xrays every 3 weeks ...going for a cat scan next week on the left foot because of how quickly subluxation is taking place.... I have been grounded.... I am off my feet as much as possible ....
My question is ...
Is there anything else that can be done ?? Is this the only treatment for this horrid problem and HONESTLY PLEASE, what should I be preparing myself for .... do you have statistics with percentages of what usually happpens
Is there light at the end of this tunnel or am I fooling myself by this "wait and see" train of thought ....should I be preparing for the worst ..... and just what is that ....
I can deal with things much better when I know in my head what the reality is. Can you help me out with this please
Not an easy condition to have but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It sounds like your doctor is on top of things by having you in a boot, taking regular x-rays (even a cat scan).
The good news is that this is usually a self limiting condition and once you are through stage one (the inflammatory stage) the body will begin to heal itself. What you are left with will be the big question.
Generally speaking with the use of special shoes or perhaps nothing more than an orthotic, most people with a Charcot foot can lead fairly normal lives. If the destruction to the foot is more severe than sometimes surgical intervention is necessary to remove any excess bone that may be "getting in the way".
I know nothing of your medical history, your age, your occupation, your activity level or what caused your charcot foot, but I suspect you might be diabetic since that is the biggest cause of this condition.
What you can do for yourself is to take charge of your life; if you are overweight, lose the weight. If you are diabetic, work your hardest to control your blood sugars, the better your blood sugars are controlled, the less damage to your body from the disease.
Work closely with your doctor during the inflammatory stage to minimize the damage; the less damage done, the less problems later on.
Marc Mitnick DPM