Charcot joint is a type of neuropathy that is common in people with diabetes. In this condition, the nervous system causes too much blood to flow to the feet. This increased blood flow causes the feet to swell. Swelling often pushes the joints out of place, leading to pain and deformities of the feet. Alternative healthcare providers such as chiropractors can help to get the joints back into their proper positions so that pain and swelling can be minimized and the risk of deformations can be reduced.
To stabilize the joints in your feet, your neuropathy doctor in northern NJ such as those from MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center may outfit you with a brace. This foot brace minimizes impacts to your feet as you walk. By lessening the impact, your joints will experience less swelling and pain. You may need to wear the brace for 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of your neuropathy.
In some cases, a full foot cast is used. This is most often needed if you have loose bone fragments in your feet. As the swelling in your foot decreases, the healthcare provider will need to outfit you with a new brace or cast. This may need to be done every 2 to 4 weeks until the swelling is mostly gone.
Spinal and Joint Manipulation
While the brace is on your foot, you may be able to have spinal manipulation done on your lower back. Walking around with a brace or cast on your foot can cause your spine to become misaligned. The spinal manipulation helps to keep your back in proper alignment so that you do not experience any new types of pain or swelling in your lower body.
Stretching and Strengthening Exercises
Another important part of reducing your pain is for your healthcare provider for neuropathy in Paramus, NJ to teach you strengthening and stretching exercises. These exercises can help to restore the range of motion that you have in your feet, ankles and knees. These exercises also help to stabilize the joints that have been damaged due to Charcot disease. You can practice these exercises at home to increase the pace of the healing process.
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