orthotics and prosthetics

Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT)

Empowering Lives with Specialized CMT Orthotic Solutions

If you or a loved one is navigating life with Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), we can help! At our practice, led by the industry leader Ken Cornell, we understand the unique challenges posed by CMT and are here to provide tailored solutions that make a difference.

What sets us apart?

1. Unparalleled Expertise

Ken Cornell CO, has devoted over two decades to researching and presenting orthotic management for Charcot Marie Tooth.
As the attending orthotist at the CMTA Center of Excellence in Boston and a member of the CMTA advisory board, his commitment to advancing CMT care is unparalleled.

3. Efficiency and Convenience

One extended visit is all it takes for you to leave with your AFOs, unless custom fabrication is required.
Our streamlined process saves you time and provides you with immediate access to the orthotic solutions you need.

2. Comprehensive Approach

We take a deep dive into your specific functional challenges with CMT, ensuring a thorough understanding of your unique needs.
Trial and error with several types of AFOs allows us to determine the best design that provides maximum functional benefits tailored to manage your specific issues.

4. Personalized Training

We go the extra mile to train you on how to use your AFOs to their maximum potential, ensuring you experience the full range of functional benefits.

Here at Cornell, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support and expertise for individuals facing the challenges of Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

Disease Overview

  • CMT, officially known as hereditary motor-sensory neuropathy (HMSN), comprises over 90 subtypes.
  • For detailed information on CMT types, visit the CMTA website.
  • If you don’t know your specific subtype and want to learn more, the CMTA has established 20 Centers of Excellence around the country, including one here in Boston MGH.

Weaknesses and Balance Challenges

  • CMT is a progressive disorder, leading to weaknesses that manifest as an audible foot slap, foot drop, and challenges in achieving a normal heel-to-toe gait pattern.
  • Sensory deficits, including proprioception loss, impact balance, and patients develop strategies to compensate.

Walking Problems

⦁ Common walking problems associated with CMT include foot drop, slower walking speed, lack of confidence, fatigue, and a guarded gait pattern.

What Can AFOS Do?

Whenever possible dynamic carbon ground reaction AFOs provide the best functional benefits. We have many types patients can trial to assess benefits. Often restoring normal gait patterns specifically:

⦁ Eliminate foot drop
⦁ Correct flexible deformities and normalize weight line throughout the gait cycle
⦁ Increase walking speed
⦁ Restore propulsion and reduce fatigue
⦁ Restore a normal heel toe gait pattern
⦁ Restore static and dynamic balance
⦁ Eliminate the need to gaze downward
⦁ Restore normal pelvic motion with confidence in walking as each step becomes predictable and consistent.


Functional Benefits of Our CMT Orthotic Solutions

Unlock Your Freedom With Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics

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At Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics, we are more than a provider; we are your partners in navigating the journey with CMT. Trust us to deliver personalized, effective, and compassionate orthotic solutions that empower you to live life to the fullest.