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Charcot Arthropathy and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Arthropathy is a broad term that is used in reference to joint diseases. This is because arthropathy is taken from two Greek words that mean “joint” and “feeling or disease”.

However, the term arthropathy does not specify the type of joint disease that you may have. Arthropathy may refer to an infectious joint disease, osteoarthropathy or some other kind of joint disease.

There are several different kinds of arthropathy. These include facet, enteropathic, diabetic, crystal, neurogenic and reactive arthropathy. Each of these results from different causes and requires different approaches to treat them.

The incidence and prevalence of the various forms of arthropathy are not known. This is because arthropathy is usually secondary to an underlying disease. Because of this, it is not known how common the various types of arthropathy are.

Charcot arthropathy is a progressive musculoskeletal disorder that is characterized by fractures, deformities and joint dislocation. This leads to progressive destruction of soft and bone tissue of your weight-bearing joints. This occurs most often in your ankle and foot.

It used to be believed that syphilis was the number one cause of Charcot arthropathy. Now, however, diabetes mellitus is considered to be the main cause of this disorder. In addition, any condition that causes autonomic or sensory neuropathy at one of your joints can result in this disorder. These conditions include:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Renal (kidney) dialysis
  • Leprosy
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Congenital insensitivity to pain
  • Syringomyelia
  • Meningomyelocele.

Depending on the stage that Charcot arthropathy has reached, the signs and symptoms that you have may vary widely. The main sign or symptom of this disorder is mild to severe swelling, along with moderate deformity. Other signs and symptoms that you may experience with Charcot arthropathy include:

  • Pain
  • Degenerative changes in your affected joint
  • Increased skin temperature
  • Joint effusion (escape of fluid)
  • Instability and loss of joint function
  • Bone resorption
  • Inflammation
  • Concomitant (naturally occurring or associated) ulceration
  • Erythema (redness of your skin).

You or a loved one may be suffering from Charcot arthropathy. This disorder and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other conditions that you have along with this disorder may have caused the disability of you or your loved one and be the reason why you are not able to work.

If this is your situation, you may need help. You may need financial assistance.

You or your loved one may be intending to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has been brought about by Charcot arthropathy and/or complications that have developed from it or other conditions that you have along with this disorder. You may have already taken this step, and your application was denied by the Social Security Administration.

If you or your loved one is planning on reapplying or appealing the denial, here is an important fact that you really ought to carefully consider that you may not be aware of. The fact of the matter is that people who have a disability lawyer working for them like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.

 

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