The photo is my foot after reconstruction.
This disease is named after three doctors who were able to describe it in 1886 – Jean Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie and Howard Henry Tooth.
It is hereditary caused by a mutation in chromosome 17 which causes defects in neuronal proteins. This disease damages nerves and also the myelin sheath (which surrounds the nerve). It effects 1 in 2,500 or approximately 2.8 million people.
Symptoms include: High foot arches; curled toes; foot drop; weakness in legs, ankles, feet; weakness in hands and arms; hearing loss. Extreme cases can effect eyes; speech; swallowing; and breathing.
Some people who have the CMT gene mutation have no symptoms at all.
There is no cure for CMT but researches are getting closer to a procedure to try to break the CMT continuing.
For more information go to cmtausa.org.