Two nerve disorders that can affect the feet and ankles include:
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease - This inherited disorder affects how your nerves send messages to your muscles. In particular, it causes severe weakness in the muscles that control your legs and feet. As a result, you can suffer serious foot deformities.
- Polio - This virus affects the nerves and can cause semi-paralysis or even complete paralysis in the legs.
At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Foot and Ankle Center, we have experience treating both diseases. Both generally require some combination of:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Orthopedic surgery
Nerve Disorders – MedStar Georgetown’s Comprehensive Approach
If you suffer from a serious nerve disorder that affects your ability to use your feet and ankles, you need experienced, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary care. We offer you that at MedStar Georgetown’s Foot and Ankle Center. Our foot and ankle specialists are all fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery and focus exclusively on managing problems related to the lower extremities. We perform close to 1,500 foot and ankle surgeries every year.
In addition, one of our top priorities is patient convenience. We offer a wide range of services critical to your treatment and recovery available right here at the Foot and Ankle Center. Services we provide include:
- Pedorthic and shoe consultants, if you need special orthotics, inserts or shoes
- Durable medical goods, including braces, crutches, and other equipment you may need during recovery
- Physical therapy
Our compassionate and efficient staff will help manage all of these services for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about going to several different locations to get the care you need.
We also collaborate on your care with any other specialist you need. This multidisciplinary approach gives you the best chances at a successful outcome.