By Dave Kimzey, CO
At Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience in Kansas City, we are passionate about helping our patients find relief & get back to the speed of life. We create custom orthotic solutions in Kansas City & beyond for those who suffer from scoliosis, diabetic foot, CMT, and more.
Dave Kimzey, one of our ABC-certified Orthotists has over 30 years of experience in orthotics, and is an amputee himself. Dave has a special insight and understanding to the everyday struggles of our patients.
Keep reading for his thoughts on orthotic solutions in Kansas City for CMT patients.
What is Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT)?
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (or CMT) is an inherited peripheral neuropathy that causes weakness in the extremities. Three physicians, Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie, and Howard Henry Tooth originally discovered and described the condition. The condition usually affects the lower extremities first but will also affect the upper extremity as well. CMT has a number of unique characteristics that include:
- It has no ethnic or race boundaries and is found worldwide.
- Approximately 2.6 million people are affected by this ailment.
- CMT is a slow progressing ailment with patients slowly losing normal use of their extremities from the nerves degenerating and weakened muscles, because the nerves can no longer stimulate the muscles. Many patients lose some sensory nerve functions.
- Some of the symptoms associated with CMT are usually an extremely high arch in the feet or a Pes Cavus foot along with hammer and or clawing of the toes. In some cases however a collapsed arch occurs resulting in Pes Planus feet.
- Foot drop and an associate high-steppage gait are the typical features of this pathology.
How do custom orthotic solutions in Kansas City help CMT patients?
Treatment for both the Pes Cavus and Pes Planus deformities usually involves custom-made foot orthotic solutions in Kansas City to support the longitudinal arch and relieve pressure of the ball of the foot along with the toes. In most of these cases, to accommodate the extreme longitudinal arch shapes orthopedic extra depth shoes are also needed.
What is foot drop?
Foot drop results when the muscles cannot lift the foot up when walking, resulting catching the toes during swing phase along with turning of the ankle. This can be very precarious for the patient and dangerous for falls resulting in other injuries. This can also lower the patient’s confidence in being independent from canes, walkers and even wheelchairs.
Which of HOPE KC’s orthotic solutions in Kansas City would be best for me?
There is no one device or treatment that is a good orthotic solution for everyone. There are off the shelf devices that can be useful, along with a variety of styles of custom-made braces. At HOPE, we have combined several different ideas for Ankle Foot Orthotic (AFO) to help stabilize and support the knee, foot, and ankle while still maintaining dynamic movement to allow for a more natural gait.
The role of your orthotist during the treatment of any bracing need is to listen and work with your physician, therapist, and most importantly the patient, to assess the needs and goals of the individual. We will work with you to come up with custom orthotic solutions that are tailored to your unique condition and lifestyle.
Contact our experienced team today to learn about your orthotic solutions in Kansas City through HOPE!