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How Long Will It Take To Recover From Charcot Marie Tooth & How Long Does The Symptoms Last?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is one of the most widespread inherited neurological disorders that cause nerve damage, influencing almost 19 occurrences in every 100,000 individuals across the world. Charcot Marie Tooth disease damages the peripheral nerves making them incapable to stimulate muscles or transmit sensory information from the extremities back to the spinal cord and the brain.

How Long Will It Take To Recover From Charcot Marie Tooth?

Charcot Marie Tooth disease arises due to complications with motor nerves (which regulate muscles) and sensory nerves (which relay feelings to the brain). The disease is named in the memory of the three neurologists best known today for their work who first identified it in 1886 – Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie, and Howard Henry Tooth.

Although there is no cure for Charcot Marie Tooth disease, there are plenty of therapies and drugs to help people manage physical difficulties and lead a normal lifestyle. At the same time, there are also plenty of over the counter medications for the treatment of Charcot Marie Tooth. Perhaps some lifestyle changes also help you to get better. 3.

How Long Do The Symptoms Of Charcot Marie Tooth Last?

The symptoms of Charcot Marie Tooth disease vary from person to person based on the type. A fundamental synopsis of CMT foot symptoms can be discussed here.

High Arches And Clawfoot

Cavus foot or high-arched foot is a condition in which the arch of your foot is raised higher than normal. This condition occurs due to increased body mass placed on the heel when walking or standing. Similarly, when you have claw foot your toes claw, excavating downward into the soles of your shoes thus causing painful nodules. It is a deformity of the foot caused by a nerve problem in the legs or a spinal cord problem.

In fact, motor weakness is the hallmark of Charcot Marie Tooth disease and is the cause for claw feet. High arch and Claw toe gets worse without treatment and may become a permanent deformity over time. Generally, your doctor suggests you to use a special pad to help take the pressure off the ball of your foot. If you have claw toe in the early stages, you can splint or tape to hold your toes in the correct position and treat it early.

Deformity Of The Toes

It affects the alignment of the bones, joints, and tissues in the foot and can cause painful problems. People often blame the common foot deformity claw toe on wearing shoes that squeeze your toes however it is caused due to peripheral nerve damage. Less commonly, more severe cases of Charcot Marie Tooth disease can affect the muscles closer to the center of the body and lead to bone deformities.

Radiography was performed on the feet of 62 patients with Charcot Marie Tooth disease and midfoot and hindfoot deformities were calculated. These deformities worsen when the disease is severe. While there is nothing one can do to prevent the muscle imbalance, the contractures can be avoided, or at least delayed. When you have this condition, your GP may suggest you change your footwear or use custom-made cushion shoes. 1. 2.

Ingrown Toe Nails

An ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis), a classic Charcot Marie Tooth disease symptom is caused by the pressure from the ingrowth of the nail. Initial treatment for ingrown toenails can be safely performed at home, however, the most common cause is due to Charcot Marie Tooth disease. This is due to the pressure placed on the front and side of the foot while walking. Some teens with an ingrown toenail often have difficulty in walking.

When it becomes infected, the condition becomes more severe and painful. If your child has ingrown nails over and over, your pediatrician may refer you to a foot doctor to help manage recurrent nail problems. In the worst-case scenario, a nail and matrix ablation is performed to discard the complete nail and its germinal matrix.


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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 12, 2019

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