There are two forms of treatment: one that addresses a problem, and one that helps keep a problem from developing. Think about a car. You can get treatment for a rust spot that has developed, or you can treat your car with regular washing and anti-corrosive applications to lower your risks of rust happening in the first place.
There are two routes when it comes to Charcot foot treatment, too. We probably don’t have to tell you which one ultimately leads to a better experience.
If Charcot foot has already developed, it will likely need serious care. If the foot has collapsed to a great degree, corrective surgery may be needed to restore the foot. If not, the foot will likely need to be immobilized in a cast or boot to allow a proper chance to heal. This will also mean keeping weight off the foot, and the process can take up to 3 months (or longer).
Once a case of Charcot foot has healed well enough, custom shoes might be recommended to decrease the risk of developing sores that may not heal properly. These shoes can also be designed to distribute weight across the foot in a way that high-pressure “sore spots” are less likely to develop.
Preventing Charcot foot essentially starts with keeping a close eye on your feet if you suffer from diabetes or peripheral neuropathy. This includes a visual inspection every day and reporting any signs of sores, wounds, or other abnormalities if they don’t begin to disappear after a couple of days. If you need help inspecting your feet, have a loved one help or use a mirror. Even a selfie stick could work!
The types of shoes and socks you wear normally can also have an effect. Soft, seamless fabrics may avoid spots of irritation that can develop into something worse.
The staff at Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper can help you determine the best ways of preventing Charcot foot for you. We’d much rather take a proactive approach than have anyone suffer the effects of this condition. Call us at (812) 481-7200 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.