Charcot's Foot

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Diabetes and other medical conditions can cause what is known as peripheral neuropathy. This is when the nerves in the extremities are damaged, resulting in tingling and numbness. Charcot’s foot happens when these patients injure their feet and don’t realize it. That’s why patients with peripheral neuropathy need regular appointments at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC. Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani have offices in Plainsboro Township, Hamilton Township, and Toms River, NJ. Contact us to learn more.

Besides numbing the feet, neuropathy also destroys the foot bones. The arch then becomes the lowest area of the foot. High amounts of pressure on the new location of the arch create severe pain. The arch becomes riddled with ulcers and dangerous bacteria.

Your podiatrists at Hamilton Township, Plainsboro Township, and Toms River, NJ, encourage you to know the signs of Charcot’s foot. The main symptoms are redness, swelling, pain, and heat stemming from the foot. Other medical professionals will mistake this as a fever but that is not the case. It’s why you require an evaluation from a trained podiatrist.

Schedule an appointment to get your Charcot’s foot diagnosed. It requires a simple examination along with imaging scans, like an MRI or CT scan. An X-ray will not detect earlier stages of Charcot’s foot.

Early intervention secures a healthy recovery. Your podiatrist will start by treating preexisting infections. The next step is providing treatment for any sores or ulcers. Then the focus switches to immobilization. The purpose of this is to keep the arch of your foot from collapsing further. In turn, this reduces your pain and swelling. A protective foot brace helps your foot from relapsing.

Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC, is a quality podiatry practice located in Plainsboro Township, Toms River, and Hamilton Township, NJ. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Frank Killian and Sameep Chandrani, visit https://www.newjerseyfoot.com/.

Author
Frank J. Killian, DPM FACFAS Owner, Mercer Ocean Podiatry Board Certified American Board of Podiatric Surgery Fellow American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

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