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Catching the Signs: Symptoms of Charcot Foot

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Signs are useful tools. They help direct you to where you are going and identify your destination when you’re looking for particular places, like a restaurant or Sleeping Giant State Park. Problems often have signs, too—warning signs. These could be overt, like sign posts that warn of rip currents at a beach. They can also be subtle, like a change in the air before a storm. Serious diabetic foot conditions like Charcot foot have warning signs and symptoms; you simply have to stay aware to identify them. That’s one more reason you absolutely must be paying attention to feet with diabetes.

Charcot foot is a very serious complication of diabetes in the lower limbs. It causes a complete breakdown of the bones in the arch, which can severely deform your foot and potentially require an amputation to prevent life-threatening side effects. The problem is, because it only develops in feet with severe neuropathy and significant numbness, you usually don’t feel it worsening. You might not notice a problem until there’s already a lot of damage.

So how do you watch for a deformity you may not feel? You have to pay attention to warning signs. Here are a few symptoms of Charcot foot that could help you identify the problem:

  • Swelling – Swelling without an obvious injury is one of the first and most important signs of damage.
  • Redness and heat – You may notice areas of your midfoot appear red and feel warm to the touch, even when you don’t have an obvious injury.
  • Ulcers – Ulcers suddenly developing in the middle of the foot may be a sign that the bones have broken down and is now putting abnormal pressure on unusual places.
  • Bone deformity – An obvious change or deformity in your foot or ankle shape means the damage is already severe.
If you’re concerned you have Charcot foot or any other diabetic foot complications, don’t wait. Get immediate care and have the issue accurately diagnosed. That way you can get the treatment you need before the problem gets worse. Our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, LLC in Connecticut can help. Call to make an appointment right away: (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office, or (203) 876-7736 for our Milford location.
Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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