What are the symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth symptoms can vary from person to person, but they usually first appear in your teenage years and young adulthood. The most common CMT disease symptoms include:

  • Trouble with fine motor skills
  • Frequent tripping or falling
  • Weakness of your foot and lower leg muscles
  • Foot deformities, including flat fleet, a high arch, or bent toes (hammer toes)
  • High-stepped gait or difficulty lifting your foot while walking (foot drop)
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, or loss of feeling in your hands and feet
  • Discomfort or pain in your hands and feet
  • Breathing difficulties (uncommon)

What are the dangers of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease?

Charcot-Marie-Tooth is not a fatal disease, and most people live to a normal age and remain active. The most common complications of CMT disease include:

  • Injuries from falls
  • Injuries or infections of the feet that go unnoticed because of lack of pain and temperature sensation
  • Breathing difficulties (uncommon)

When do I make an appointment?

Always ask your doctor when you should call them if you have been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. They will likely advise you to contact them if you have:

  • Any new or worsening symptoms
  • Signs of foot injury or infection
  • Trouble breathing

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