Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
November 07, 2017
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga provides important information about a unique foot problem. Our topic today is about a condition that affects the joints in the foot call Charcot Foot. It’s linked to diabetes and can become a debilitating condition if not treated properly. Interestingly, Charcot Foot is on the increase nationwide. Statistics show that morbid obesity and diabetes are increasing and Charcot foot is more common among morbidly obese diabetic patients. Therefore, charcot foot is on the rise as well.

Charcot foot is a progressive, degenerative condition that causes weakness of the bones in the foot and ankle. It can occur in people who have significant nerve damage or neuropathy and… it usually affects only one foot, but 20% of patients develop it in both feet. The two most frequent causes of Charcot foot are diabetic peripheral neuropathy and alcohol induced neuropathy. Diabetics are most vulnerable to develop Charcot foot due to the nerve damage that can occur with Diabetes. High blood sugar can injure nerve fibers throughout the body, but diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in the legs and feet. Charcot foot causes problems with the joints in the foot due to damaged nerves. As the joints weaken the bones become susceptible to fractures.

Oftentimes, there is no pain with Charcot Foot, so as a person continues to walk and bear weight on the foot, the problems worse by continuing to breakdown of the foot’s structure. The loss of pain perception, due to neuropathy, and the loss of awareness of the foot’s position, due to muscle weakness, can result in repeated joint injuries.

Dr. Reminga continues his discussion about Charcot Foot by describing the 3 stages of this condition.

  1. The Destruction Stage
  2. The Coalescence Stage
  3. The Reconstruction Stage

Listen and learn about Charcot Foot in today’s program. Those with diabetes will find this episode of particular interest. Dr. Reminga provides great insight into a very interesting topic.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.

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