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Charcot Marie Tooth Treatment in New Jersey

Stumbling and frequent ankle sprains with the presence of “high arches” are classically associated with Charcot Marie Tooth.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Weakness in your legs, ankles and feet
  • Loss of muscle bulk in legs and feet
  • High foot arches
  • Curled toes (hammertoes)
  • Decreased ability to run

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is a group of related conditions all caused by inherited mutations in genes involved with the structure and function of the nerves that serve your feet, legs, hands and arms.

In some cases, these genetic mutations result in damage to the nerve itself. Other mutations damage the myelin sheath, the protective coating that surrounds the nerve. The result, however, is the same — weaker messages traveling between your extremities and your brain.

That means some of the muscles in your feet may not receive your brain’s signal to contract, so you are more likely to trip and fall. In addition, your brain may not receive pain messages from your feet, so if you have rubbed a blister on your toe, it may unknowingly become infected.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is hereditary, so you are at higher risk of developing the disorder if anyone in your immediate family has had the disease.

There is no cure for the disease, but the pain is managed with medication. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and orthopedic devices can help strengthen and stretch your muscles.

We may also utilize any of the following procedures:

Advanced Treatment Protocols

  • Arthritis of the Great Toe Joint (Hallux Rigidus or Stiff Big Toe)
  • Nerve Releases to Treat Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Excision of Morton’s Neuroma
  • Joint Implants/Joint Implant Surgery
  • Flatfoot Correction
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
  • Advanced Pain Management – the Anesthesis (Pain Pump)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to treat tendons, ligaments, heel spurs and to promote wound healing
  • Advanced Injection Treatment for Aggravated Nerves/Neuromas (Alcohol Sclerosing ttesinjections)
  • Advanced Wart (Verrucae) Treatment (Bleomycin Sulfate Injections)
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment
  • Advanced Wound/Ulcer Healing

Our doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons are trained to distinguish between all the possibilities and determine the correct diagnosis and they will tailor a treatment program for you.