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Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) - Specialised Expertise at The Penicuik Podiatrist Clinic

Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) disease is a group of inherited disorders that impact the peripheral nerves, those outside the brain and spinal cord. It's one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting about 1 in 2,500 people. This disease can significantly influence muscle control and sensory abilities in the feet and hands.

The symptoms of CMT can vary but often include muscle weakness and atrophy in the foot and lower leg, leading to challenges in walking and an increased risk of falls. Foot deformities such as high arches and hammertoes are also common, alongside decreased sensation in the feet and hands, loss of reflexes, and general fatigue due to the extra effort needed for mobility and balance.

Recognizing the symptoms of CMT early on is crucial. Early diagnosis can help in managing the condition effectively, improving the individual's quality of life. It is important for individuals experiencing symptoms such as muscle weakness, foot deformities, or decreased sensation to seek medical advice.

CMT being a genetic disorder necessitates professional involvement for accurate diagnosis and management. A healthcare provider can conduct various tests, including nerve conduction studies and genetic testing, to confirm the presence of CMT and recommend a suitable treatment plan.

While there is no cure for CMT, a combination of foot care, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as advised by healthcare professionals, can help manage symptoms. Proper footwear and orthotic devices play a key role in improving mobility and reducing discomfort.

Having a podiatrist with experience in treating CMT, like Kim Blair at our clinic, ensures that patients receive specialized care. Kim's expertise allows for the development of personalized management plans that address the unique needs of each patient with CMT. But this is a genetic condition and referral is essential to specialists from your GPO and we will send you firmly in that direction if we suspect you have this condition.

Beyond medical treatment, being part of a supportive community can be beneficial for individuals with CMT. Support groups and resources can offer additional information, coping strategies, and a sense of belonging to those affected by the disease.

Charcot Marie Tooth disease, while rare, has a profound impact on those it affects. Early detection and professional care are key to managing this condition effectively. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of CMT, we encourage you to reach out to The Penicuik Podiatrist Clinic. Together, we can navigate the challenges of CMT and work towards achieving better health and mobility.

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