Rare diabetes foot complication becoming more common in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland
Few people with diabetes know about the limb-threatening foot condition, or its warning signs As diabetes rates soar nationwide, the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, Dr.’s Michaels and Motran say they are seeing more patients with a rare diabetic foot complication.
The condition is called Charcot foot (pronounced SHAR-co). Foot and ankle surgeon Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, FACFAS, says it involves a sudden softening of the foot’s bones. This can trigger an avalanche of problems, including joint loss, fractures, collapse of the arch, massive deformity, ulcers, amputation, and even death.
“As the foot’s structure collapses, the bottom of the foot can become convex, bulging like the hull of a ship,” says Dr. Michaels. “But diabetes patients frequently won’t feel any pain because they have severe nerve damage in their lower extremities.”
Dr. Michaels says every person with diabetes should know the Charcot foot warning signs: a red, hot, swollen foot or ankle. Several other dangerous conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis and acute infections, share these symptoms. A red, hot, swollen foot or ankle requires emergency medical care.
Dr. Michaels estimates less than one percent of people with diabetes develop Charcot foot but nationwide, we're noticing more Charcot cases as more Americans develop diabetes.
Charcot cannot be reversed, but its destructive effects can be stopped if the condition is detected early. People with diabetes play a vital role in preventing Charcot foot and its complications. Diabetes patients should keep blood sugar levels under control. This has been shown to reduce the progression of nerve damage in the feet. People with diabetes should also inspect both of their feet every day, and get regular check-ups from a foot and ankle surgeon.
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