CMT i.e. Charcot Marie Tooth refers to one of the inherited types of neurological or nerve disorders, which affect about 1 in a total of 2,500 people in the USA. Even a few doctors call the disease as a hereditary type of motor and sensory neuropathy or peroneal muscular atrophy. The disease consists of various disorders, which affect individuals’ peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves in people lie outside of their spinal cord and brain, while supply signals to sensory organs and muscles present in the limbs.(1)
Can Charcot Marie Tooth Go Away On Its Own?
No, Charcot Marie Tooth disorder never goes away on its own. Instead, if you leave the problem untreated, you would likely suffer from various complications depending on the severity of the condition. In most of the cases, you experience difficulty in walking and foot abnormalities as severe problems. Besides this, your muscles become weak and in turn, suffer injury in specific areas of the body, which often experience the reduced sensation. Other than this, you may sometimes experience difficulty in swallowing food, breathing and speaking if Charcot Marie Tooth disorder affects the respective muscles in your body. Because of this, to stay safe, you should immediately start with your treatment to manage or reduce your CMT complications.(3)
Natural Remedies To Manage Charcot Marie Tooth Symptoms
Other than regular treatments/therapies, it is essential for you to follow a few of the natural remedies to manage your CMT symptoms.
You should start a few of the at-home activities early and follow it regularly to get relief and stay protected-
Regular Stretching: Stretching regularly helps you in maintaining or improving the range of motion of your body’s muscles and joints, while simultaneously, reduces your risk related to any type of injury. Even stretching improves your balance, flexibility, and coordination. Especially, stretching helps Charcot Marie Tooth patients to reduce or avoid joint deformities, which often takes place because of uneven muscular pull on the bones.
Regular Exercise Is Essential: Regular exercise retains the strength of your muscles and bones. You should give time for low-impact physical exercises, like swimming and biking, as they are relatively less stress on your fragile joints and muscles. When you strengthen your bones and muscles, you will expect to have a drastic improvement in your physical balance and coordination, while simultaneously reduce your risk related to fall.(4)
Foot Care Tips: Regular foot care is very much essential for you to avoid any type of foot deformity and sensation loss. Even this step lets you relieving your symptoms and in turn, avoiding any type of complication. Accordingly, you should-
- Inspect the feet to avoid ulcers, calluses, infections, and wounds
- Cut your nails straight across and on a regular basis to avoid the problem of ingrown toenails
- Select properly fitting and protective footwear for you, while wearing high-top shoes or boots to get the proper ankle support.
- In case you have hammertoes or any other types of foot deformities, you should definitely choose for custom made shoes.(4)
CMT disorder causes atrophy i.e. reduction in muscle size and muscular weakness, along with loss of sensation in the lower area of feet and legs to some extent. Moreover, in some cases, CMT affects the wrists, hands, and forearms as well. Charcot Marie Tooth problem also leads to stiffened joints because of abnormal muscular tightness and other surrounding tissues i.e. contractures, while in other conditions, it causes spinal curvature i.e. kyphosis or scoliosis.
Excluding this, if we talk about the severe condition associated with Charcot Marie Tooth, the disease affects various other nerves excluding the peripheral ones i.e. the nerves, which go from and to the extremities. If CMT affects other nerves, which move from and to the intercostal muscles or diaphragm, a patient may suffer from the problem of respiratory impairment.(2)
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