June 19, 2022
Charcot foot can make regular daily activities challenging. A few simple lifestyle modifications will help keep you healthy, safe, and thriving at home.
Charcot foot is a condition related to diabetic neuropathy that causes the bones and tendons of the foot to break and deform. Many people diagnosed with Charcot foot will experience changes in their normal mobility and activity due to balance issues, pain, or a doctor’s order to keep weight off the affected foot.
Maintaining a healthy and independent lifestyle supports healing and mental health, but it may be difficult for adults to adjust to life with new restrictions. By following these tips, you can stop feeling limited by the things you can’t do and begin focusing on what you can do with Charcot foot.
Because Charcot foot changes the shape of your feet, walking may be difficult due to poor balance or pain. Your doctor might tell you to keep weight off the foot for some time, in which case walking would be impossible.
Mobility aids like walkers, canes, wheelchairs, scooters, and orthotic devices make getting around with a physical disability possible. Thanks to modern medicine, several options are available on the market, some of which are covered by Medicare and other insurance providers. Talk with your doctor about which mobility aid is right for you based on your individual restrictions and financial situation.
Here are a few examples of mobility aids that help people with Charcot foot regain independence and get back to the activities they love.
To use a knee walker, the user rests the knee of the affected leg on the walker in a kneeling position and propels themself forward with the other leg. The user steers the walker with the handlebars, which provide support and include a braking mechanism.
It is important to note that not all insurance providers cover knee walkers, including medicare.
Private insurance providers and Medicare cover many rollators. Be sure to talk with your doctor to ensure you are properly fitted to your rollator.
You will need a prescription from your doctor to receive a CROW boot, and they will custom fit the boot to your affected foot.
Your safety at home should always be your number one priority. Living in a space that is not adapted to your mobility needs is a recipe for injury, leading to costly hospital bills and further loss of independence.
You can make several changes to your home to improve your mobility and safety. The level of modification your home requires will depend on your specific abilities, so it is always best to discuss your concerns with a trusted medical provider.
It’s no secret that physical activity can improve your health and wellbeing, but finding a routine that accommodates your mobility needs can be challenging. The key is to find an activity that engages your brain and body, is fun, and does not cause you physical pain. These activities will keep you strong, flexible, and mentally sharp.
Here are a few examples of activities that you can easily modify to accommodate your abilities. Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
An example of an isometric exercise is the bicep curl; Hold your right arm in front of you with your palm up and elbow bent. Place your left hand on top of your right hand and clasp them together. Now you will attempt to pull your right hand toward you while using your left hand to resist the movement and hold for 5-10 seconds. You will then switch arms and perform the same action on the left side.
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