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The peripheral neuropathy that is the underlying cause of Charcot foot can lead to other foot problems as well. The diminished sensation that allows a person with peripheral neuropathy to continue to walk on a Charcot foot can also lead them to further damage a foot adversely affected by extreme temperatures, poorly fitting shoes, cuts or ulcers.
The following foot care tips have been developed by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as part of their "Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime" booklet. The booklet is a component of its "Feet Can Last a Lifetime" kit for health care providers to help patients prevent serious foot problems.
To order a free copy of "Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime," call the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at (800) GET-LEVEL (438-5383); or write them at Feet Can Last a Lifetime, One Diabetes Way, Bethesda, MD 20892-3600; or visit the NIDDK website at niddk.nih.gov and click on "Diabetes" under "Health Information & Education" to download a copy of the booklet.
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