Do You Recognise the Early Warning Signs of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease is actually the most commonly inherited nerve disorder affecting 2.6 million people worldwide.  The disease affects the peripheral nerves and leads to sensory loss and wasting of the muscles in the hands and feet. Most people develop symptoms in early childhood and 75% are diagnosed by 10 years old. It is important to look out for early signs of the disease as clinical literature indicates that early intervention can reduce the rate of disease progression.

Early signs include:

  • Foot and hand deformity (due to muscle wasting, children start to develop a very high arch).
  • Difficulty lifting feet when walking (known as a foot drop).
  • Skinny calves (as a result of muscle wasting).
  • Frequent trips and falls.
  • Numbness or burning sensation in the feet or hands.
  • Difficulty maintaining hand grip.
  • Hand and foot cramps.

Physiotherapy can help a child to maintain movement, muscle strength and balance to achieve the highest level of function possible. A physiotherapist will identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses to devise a specific exercise programme for that individual. New evidence has shown that resistance training (which aims to increase the strength and mass of muscles, bone strength and metabolism) for at least 12 weeks leads to beneficial changes in strength and function.

If your child has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease or is showing signs please get in touch for an assessment and we can provide you with an exercise plan. We can also help support you and your child to manage the disease and lead an active and fulfilling life.  Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email info@physiocomestoyou.com. Secondly, it’s worth having a consultation with one of our dentist partner, such as Elizabeth Street Dentist.

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