Charcot Marie Tooth Disease & Orthotic Management

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Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) Disease - what is it, and what can you do about it?

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Charcot Marie Tooth Disease & Orthotic Management

  1. 1. Orthotic ManagementCharcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT)Linda Laakso B.Sc.C.O.(c)Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd
  2. 2. Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)Also known as: Peroneal Muscular Atrophy Progressive Neuropathic Peroneal Muscular Atrophy Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy Hereditary Peroneal Nerve Dysfunction a group of inherited disorders that affect the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves)
  3. 3. Signs and Symptomsvary patient to patient weakness of the legs and hands high arched feet usually start in clawed hands the feet. thin calves due to muscle atrophy numbness in the feet and/or legs may show in high stepage gait and/or "foot slapping" gait childhood to adulthood foot drop - difficulty lifting the foot
  4. 4. Diagnosis is made by aphysician who may use nerve and/or muscle biopsy nerve conduction testand/or genetic testing
  5. 5. Prognosis –CMT is a progressive disease predisposes the person may lead to to injuries • inability to walk weakness unassisted can continue • lack of to progress sensation
  6. 6. Management of CMT There are no treatments for the disease, but there are Physical therapytreatments for Occupational therapy the signs and Braces or splints (orthoses) symptoms
  7. 7. Treatments Help with walking Silicone Ankle Foot Hinged Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) Flexible Ankle Foot Orthosis (SAFO) Orthosis (AFO)reduce chance of catching the toes, tripping or turning the ankles
  8. 8. Contact Information:Linda Laakso B.Sc.C.O.(c)Custom Orthotic Design Group Ltd. and The Orthotic CentreHead Office: Toll free 1-866-829-2969Mississauga: (905) 828-2969Guelph: (519) 826-9890Hamilton: (905) 540-9600Oshawa: (905) 725-3523for a copy of this presentation, please email Linda Laakso <lindalaakso at customorthotic.ca>

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