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Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease

CMT foot

Charcot- Marie-Tooth disease is a neuropathic disease that affects approximately 1 in 2,500 adults. Charcot-Marie-Tooth is a hereditary disorder that involves progressive loss of touch sensation and muscular tissue across the body. Charcot-Marie-Tooth causes foot drop and issues such as hammertoe and misshapen hips. Treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth centres on doing all that can be done to help retain strength and mobility as the disease progresses.

stretches for CMT desease

How can Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease be managed?

  • Maintaining strength, movement and flexibility is critical to managing CMT.
  • Physiotherapy and keeping active are usually recommended as a way of managing CMT.
  • Retaining stability as the foot drops necessitates the use of orthoses to keep the gait efficient and functioning.
  • Good shoes and insoles are a prerequisite for maintaining an active lifestyle while suffering with CMT.

How can orthotic insoles help with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?

Foot drop is one of the most common problems of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. This can lead to feet that are severely supinated, or in some cases overpronation. This will have a significant impact on gait and one’s ability to remain active. As well as this, feet that remain untreated can develop metatarsalgia, hammertoes, corns and plantar fasciitis.

Dr Insole’s custom-made orthotic insoles can help if you suffer from Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease because:

insoles for CMT condition
  • They correct gait abnormalities, caused by supination or overpronation, helping you to keep active and manage the disease more effectively.
  • By correcting your gait, they reduce the chance of injury. This is crucial in maintaining your strength and mobility.
  • Dr Insole’s custom orthotics give your feet additional support and cushioning, and have excellent shock-absorbing qualities, helping to stave off corns and other pressure sores.