CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth) is a condition that affects the nerves in your legs and arms, known as the peripheral nerves. Our body’s system of nerves is similar to a network of electrical wires. Some of them, called sensory nerves, are designed to pass information back to the brain about what you can feel with your fingers, toes, legs and arms, etc. The others are command pathways, telling your muscles to do something, like lift your left foot – and are called motor nerves.
Because CMT affects both types of peripheral nerve, you may experience motor problems as the command pathways fail to respond properly, causing weakness and wasting in your muscles and numbness/sensory problems, arising from the problems with the sensory nerves.
CMT UK organise a number of activities during this awareness month to raise the profile of CMT in September. You can find out more and how you can get involved here: www.cmt.org.uk