Change in Shape of Feet
Nerve damage from diabetes can lead to changes in the shape of your feet. The damaged nerves cannot send messages to your foot muscles about movement. Your foot muscles become weak and imbalanced. The bones of your feet and toes may shift.
Nerve damage from diabetes also causes Charcot’s foot, a problem in which the joints and soft tissue in your foot are destroyed.
In the early stages of Charcot’s foot, your joints are stiff and collect fluid. The problem can quickly worsen. Your bones can slip out of place, making your foot look deformed.
You might not sense pain, so you may keep walking on your foot, making the problem worse. Without knowing it, you could injure and damage the joints or break a bone in your foot.
The symptoms of Charcot’s foot appear quickly and include
- red skin
Your doctor may first treat Charcot’s foot by placing your foot in a cast and asking you to walk only with crutches or use a wheelchair. You may need surgery to correct the placement of the bones.
RIVERA FOOT & ANKLE: At Orlando H.Rivera DPM, our priority is to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting. When you have problems with your feet, you need to turn to a podiatrist who listens and responds… an experienced doctor who knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs… a friendly physician who counsels you on the best ways to maintain and improve your health. Our physician(s) meet all these criteria. Plus, you benefit from a dedicated team of trained professionals who give you the individualized attention you deserve.