Patients with CMT disease usually begin to experience symptoms in adolescence or early adulthood. In most cases, the insidious progress of CMT disease begins with mild symptoms, typically foot and ankle weakness and fatigue, and can progress to severe deformities, confinement to a wheelchair and the need for assisted breathing.
Some characteristics of CMT:
•High arched feet or flat feet, hammer toes, and other foot deformities
•Frequent foot and ankle sprains
•Problems with walking, running and balance
•Hand weakness, difficulty with writing and other hand function
•Pain in the extremities
Although nearly as common as MS, CMT is virtually unknown to the public and is often misdiagnosed by the medical community