5 Bone and Joint Disorders That Diabetics Need To Look Out For




1. Charcot Joint

The condition also goes by the name neuropathic arthropathy. The condition is associated with nerve damage and the resulting deterioration of the joint. This is a commonly observed complication of diabetes. Feet is affected the most as a result of Charcot joint.


The symptoms associated with the condition are experiencing a loss of sensation, or experiencing a feeling of numbness, of the affected area. Swelling, redness, and warmth of the affected area is commonly observed. The affected area can become deformed and unstable. However, despite the visual appearance of the affected area, it is not painful.


2. Diabetic Hand Syndrome

This condition is also known by the name diabetic cheiroarthropathy. People affected by this condition will notice that the skin of their hands have become thickened and have a waxy appearance. Finger movement is affected and becomes very limited eventually. It is a condition observed in people who have been diabetic for a very long time.


The symptoms of this condition are that the affected person will not be in a position to extend their fingers fully, nor would they be in a position to press their palms together into a flat position.


3. Osteoarthritis

This condition is a joint disorder. This condition affects the joint cartilage and leads to its breakdown. Any joint in one's body can become affected by this condition. People affected with Type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of being affected by osteoarthritis; being obese plays a critical role.


The symptoms associated with this condition is joint pain. Stiffness and swelling together with the loss of the ability to move the joint, or deterioration in joint flexibility.


4. Dupuytren's Contracture

In this condition the affected person has one or more of their fingers bent down and towards the palm. The condition is known to be caused by the scarring and thickening of the connective tissues of the palm and the fingers. People affected by diabetes for a prolonged period are commonly affected by this condition; the condition is known to be a fallout of the resulting metabolic changes associated with long term diabetes.


The symptoms associated with the condition are thickening of the skin of the palms of the affected person. Being unable to straighten one or more fingers is what the condition will eventually lead to.


5. Frozen Shoulder

In this condition the affected person experiences shoulder pain, and is greatly limited in their range of motion. It is one's shoulders that is affected by the condition. What exactly leads to the condition is not known but being afflicted with diabetes is a major risk factor.


The symptoms associated with this condition are experiencing pain in one's shoulders and feeling of tenderness while moving one's shoulders; stiffness of the joint, and limited range of motion is commonly associated with this condition.


Dr Rakesh Mohan of 1Health Medical Center is an expert orthopedic surgeon who can be consulted for bone and joint disorders related to diabetes.


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