Charcot Marie-Tooth Disease
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), despite its name, is a genetic, degenerative peripheral nervous system condition that affects different areas of the body, resulting in the progressive loss of muscle tissue and sensation. Most commonly, it is seen in the feet, ankles, legs, hands, wrists, or arms. Usually appearing in adolescence or early adulthood, symptoms include mild to severe pain, muscle weakness, decreased muscle size, reduced sensation, hammertoes, extremely high foot arches, or flat feet.
Treatment depends on the location and severity of the disease, which varies significantly, even among family members. It can involve physical therapy, occupational therapy, bracing or other orthopedic devices, and surgery, as well as pain management.
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The Nerve Disorders Center of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of peripheral nerve disorders clinicians including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychological care providers and rehabilitation professionals.