Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

1 in 2500 have CMT 

Charcot Marie-Tooth disease is a group of inherited disorders that cause nerve damage. This damage is mostly in the arms and legs (peripheral nerves). Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is also called hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease results in smaller, weaker muscles. You may also experience loss of sensation and muscle contractions, and difficulty walking. Foot deformities such as hammertoes and high arches also are common. Symptoms usually begin in the feet and legs, but they may eventually affect your hands and arms.

Symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease typically appear in adolescence or early adulthood, but may also develop in midlife.

Signs and symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease may include:

  • • Weakness in your legs, ankles and feet
  • • Loss of muscle bulk in your legs and feet
  • • High foot arches
  • • Curled toes (hammertoes)
  • • Decreased ability to run
  • • Difficulty lifting your foot at the ankle (footdrop)
  • • Awkward or higher than normal step (gait)
  • • Frequent tripping or falling
  • • Decreased sensation or a loss of feeling in your legs and feet

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