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Diabetes and Charcot Foot

For individuals with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, the threat of Charcot foot looms ominously. This complication, stemming from nerve damage, demands attention and prompt intervention to avoid severe consequences like foot ulcers or even amputation. Diabetes wreaks havoc on nerve function, impairing the transmission of signals from the brain to the lower limbs and feet. The insidious nature of neuropathy means that injuries, or bone fractures in the feet can go unnoticed, as diminished sensation impedes pain detection. Consequently, continued weight-bearing on the affected foot can deform bones and joints, setting the stage for the progression of Charcot's foot. Signs of Charcot foot include swelling, warmth, and changes in foot color and shape. If any of these indicators emerge, it is imperative to alleviate pressure on the affected foot immediately. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are available for managing Charcot foot. For more information on dealing with these conditions, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Kentston Cripe, DPM of Roseville Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Roseville, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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