Sometimes it’s easier to face big challenges when you have some idea of what you’re facing, and when you’re sure you’re not facing them alone. After all, that’s why people enjoy support groups and how-to books. They help you understand what you’re facing, then help you face it without feeling alone. Serious issues like a diabetic foot collapse from Charcot foot can leave you feeling alone and unsure of what to expect. The good news is that you’re not in this by yourself. You can get help and solid treatment to save your lower limbs.
Charcot foot is a complication of diabetes and out-of-control neuropathy. It allows the bones in the midfoot to crack and break down, collapsing and potentially deforming the foot. It’s a very serious problem that needs immediate treatment. Because this is an advanced problem, most people don’t know what to expect.
You don’t have to panic, though. When you get prompt care, here’s what you can expect to happen:
Testing – Our team of diabetic foot specialists will examine your lower limbs to identify the extent of the damage to your bones, and check for infections or wounds. This helps determine whether or not you’ll need surgery. Early stages can be treated conservatively; advanced cases or extensively damaged feet will need a procedure.
Casting – Whether you have surgery first to reconstruct the arch or not, you’ll wear a cast to keep the affected foot immobilized and remove all weight from it. This allows the bones to heal. As swelling decreases, you may need cast adjustments.
Resting – No weight on the foot means you’ll be taking a break from most activities. Pressure on your foot slows healing, so avoid it for as long as you wear the cast. You’ll likely use crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, or other assistive device to get around.
Wearing special shoes – Once the cast comes off, you’ll start wearing special shoes that protect the feet to prevent the problem from reoccurring. You might need to wear special foot braces to support your arch appropriately as well.
The whole recovery process takes several months, but you need every step to fully heal. The good news is that you never have to face this alone. Our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery in Connecticut is with you every step of the way. For more information, call our two offices: (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location, or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.