Charcot’s Foot is a progressive degeneration of a weight-bearing joints in the foot. The condition is named after Jean-Martin Charcot, a French neurologist, who first recognised it.
A look at the processes involved in bone maintenance in the human body is called for to understand how Charcot’s Foot develops. In the human body, bone modeling or bone metabolism is a life-long process, in which existing bone tissue is constantly being broken down, and new bone tissue is continually being formed. Both these processes respond to various external situations such as injury, everyday stresses and strains, posture, etc, and also to internal signals, such as the hormones being carried by the blood. As you can imagine, balancing these two processes – bone break-down or resorption, and bone formation - is a very complex business.
Charcot’s Foot develops when these two processes fall out of sync with each other.
The Five Directives of Managing Diabetic Foot
- ‘Prevention is better than cure’ should be the slogan
- Look after your feet as you look after your face. Notice them, pamper them.
- Do not ignore the signs that your feet reveal to you.
- Do not delay seeking medical help for any adverse changes you notice in your feet.
- If you have any pain / itching / sores or other issues on your feet, rest them. Do not override the problems and continue walking as usual