Tuesday, September 27th was a beautiful evening where the New York State Podiatric Medical Association joined the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation in celebration of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month. The evening included a screening of the documentary film, Bernadette along with advice on treating CMT patients by Dr. Hal Ornstein of New Jersey Affiliate Foot and Ankle LLC. Joined by NYSPMA President, Dr. John Jurcisin, over fifty individuals participated in this educational CMT awareness night. Hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Tornambe, the cocktail party was a smashing success. Dr. Ornstein led the discusion about the early signs of CMT, and importance of every day foot care especially on CMT patients. CMT patients often suffer through years of misdiagnosis. Most CMT patients first notice symptoms in their feet, so the National CMT Resource Center and Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation believe there’s no better place to start their awareness mission!
Q & A with Podiatrist
Many CMT patients have met with a podiatrist at least once since their diagnosis.
We all had such an enjoyable time educating podiatrists at the September 27th podiatry workshop in New York City. The main message was that podiatrist are in a great position for early diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease and to provide ongoing treatment. The goal of treatment by podiatrists (learn more about podiatrists at http://www.apma.org) is to slow the progression of conditions and symptoms, and improve the quality of life for CMT patients. The Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation is right on target with their initiatives working aside the professional groups they are targeting.
Special thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Robert Tornambe for opening their doors and hearts to this educational session at their home. And just love their dog!!!
Hal Ornstein, DPM, FASPS, FAPWCA