Charcot–Marie Tooth syndrome, or CMT, plagues thousands of Americans each year. CMT is a peripheral nerve disease that affects nerves outside the brain and spinal chord, which can cause muscle imbalance, and deformities to the legs and feet.
The disease can be debilitating and painful.
Chris Wilkinson of Marquette has lived with CMT his whole life, but last May he made a choice to do something about the pain.
After trying treatments from physical therapy to shoe orthotics, he opted for an operation to help with his condition.
Wilkinson’s children also have CMT syndrome.
He hopes they will take a lesson from him, and see that staying physically active and fit is a good form of treatment.