Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease is the most common inherited neurological disease that affects the peripheral nerves. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease is also known as hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy. The neuropathy of CMT affects both motor and sensory nerves. Symptoms are:
• Weakness of foot and lower leg muscles
• Foot drop and high-stepped gait
• Foot deformities
• Weakness and muscle atrophy
HOW IS CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
A thorough physical examination by a doctor will help in diagnosing the condition. Signs of muscle weakness and foot deformations along with reduced reflexes and sensory loss in the limbs are clear indications of this condition. Genetic testing and biopsy may be needed in certain cases.
HOW IS CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH DISEASE TREATED?
1. Maintaining physical movement
3. Orthosis to correct gait
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a documentary titled ""Bernadette"" that follows a young woman battling the disease.