Charcot's foot

By alamolc Latest Reply 2011-08-27 16:43:52 -0500
Started 2010-04-13 09:05:15 -0500

Does anybody have Charcot foot? I have encountered another malady from diabetic peripheral neuropathy called Charcot arthropathy but known as Charcot foot. What happens over a length of time is that the bones in the foot and ankle become brittle and the blood pressure in your foot causes cracks or worse breaks in the bones of the foot and ankle. I was diagnosed with this affliction and by the grace of God my attending podiatrist recognized it early enough to where I have started walking after a 2 1/2 month period of time. He told me that if the bones hadn't mended so quickly I would have been looking at about three months in a halo where they would immobilize my ankle and I would have been laid up until the bones healed properly. He said that the only thing I could do was control my blood sugar levels. It was quite an eye opener and it scared me quite a bit. I didn't let on but I was worried. All you people with neuropathy please by all means control your BSL!

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Midwayfarms 2011-08-27 16:43:52 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Charcot and "Alamolc" is right on. I had a cast and was laid up totally off the foot for 3 1/2 months. I still experience allot of pain in both of my feet.
I also had Melanoma in the same foot as the Charcot's. Thank goodness, the episode with the Charcot's caused the melanoma to become more activecolorful after the casts were removed and it was caught early. Having Charcot's literally saved my life! My feet swell and get blue and painful alot. My diabetes is so hard to control. I am presently taking 66ml of insulin before bedtime, and three shots of another isnsulin before meals a day. Those consist of 14ml each. I worry my insulin taking is too high a dosage. My last A1C was 8.7. I was told I could go to 70 on the night time insulin. It is so hard to try to walk or excersise when your feet hurt and swell. It is also hard to regulate eating when I do not want to eat three times a day. Being Diabetic is such a challenge. I wonder what is next with this disease.

spiritwalker 2010-04-13 12:16:39 -0500 Report

I have had charcots for about 10 years in my Left foot. It took
about 6 months to heal. At that point I needed specially built
shoes and orthotic inserts. Charcots heals but the condition doesn't go away. There is always some bone deformity and its possible that it can repeat. My bg's run in the 6-7range for A1C for 25 years. A good, steady bg helps but won't prevent charcots. Good luck with yours.

MAYS 2010-04-13 09:16:45 -0500 Report

Charcot is sudden softening of the bones and can happen to anyone anywhere on the body but is most common in diabetics due to neuropathy and is more common in the foot than the hands due to the daily pressures of walking.

The damage is severe and in most cases the pain minimal due to neuropathy but it can be cured, this requires completely immobilizing the foot in a cast while going through the healing, reconstructive process.

Here is both the link to a site explaining this condition with photographs and a PDF file to a document.

I hope that this information has and can be helpful to all.

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