Charcot-Marie-Tooth Neuropathy, A Diagnostic Journey
OCTOBER 29, 2014
Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy is an inherited disorder affecting the peripheral motor and sensory neurons. Although it is an inherited condition, the main signs and symptoms such as decreased muscle size and weakness may not present until adolescence or early adulthood.
Signs and symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease vary greatly but may include:
Weakness in your legs, ankles and feet
Loss of muscle bulk in legs and feet
High foot arches
Decreased ability to run
Difficulty lifting your foot at the ankle
Awkward or higher than normal step
Frequent tripping or falling
Decreased sensation or a loss of feeling in your legs and feet
In this exclusive interview, Allison Moore, founder and CEO of Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) talks about the struggles she had in getting a diagnosis but those struggles led her to form HNF, a leading non-profit organization focused on finding treatments for Charcot-Marie-Tooth and other inherited neuropathies.