Charcot foot is a bone deformity in the foot that is the result of severe neuropathy. Someone who is unable to feel pain or other sensations in his or her feet from nerve damage may unknowingly walk in an abnormal manner or bear weight on an injury such as a sprain. Over time, this may weaken the bones to the point where they fracture and shift, eventually altering the shape of the foot.
In addition to the deformity, symptoms of this condition may include redness, warmth to the touch, swelling, and pain. Detecting this problem early is vital, as damage can become much worse the longer the foot is used without treatment.
If you have diabetes or neuropathy, report any signs of foot damage or abnormality to Dr. Jennifer Keller and the staff of Shenandoah Podiatry as soon as possible. We can fully evaluate your foot and determine the best route of action to provide healing and prevent serious conditions from developing. Schedule an appointment by calling our Roanoke office at (540) 904-1458 or our Blacksburg office at (540) 808-4343