Charcot Foot

If you suffer from severe nerve damage, you may be at risk for developing Charcot foot. Charcot foot is a rare condition that affects the bones, joints, and soft tissues of the foot and ankle. Bones can become so weakened that they easily fracture. As the disorder progresses, the joints collapse, and the foot takes on an abnormal shape. This deformity can lead to pressure sores and infection.

Currently there is no known cause for Charcot foot however, the condition is unique to those with peripheral neuropathy, especially those who have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, because of the decreased ability to feel temperature, pain, or trauma.

Preventative care including at-home and medical evaluation of the foot and ankle has shown to significantly manage risk. If the below symptoms sound familiar to you, contact our foot and ankles pecialists to schedule an evaluation.

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  • Warmth to the touch
  • Redness in the foot
  • Swelling, pain, or soreness
  • Instability of the joint
     
  • An unrecognized sprain or injury to the ankle
  • Complications after organ transplants with persons who have diabetes
  • Collapsed arches
     
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Diabetes
  • Clinical evaluation by an orthopedic specialist or a foot and ankle specialist
  • X-rays to evaluate and monitor bone health
     

  • Immobilization of affected foot using a walking boot or cast
  • Modification of activity levels to avoid repetitive trauma or trauma to the other foot
  • Orthotic shoe inserts may be used once a state of bone recovery has been achieved
  • Surgical treatment may be recommended if you have severe ankle or foot deformities or foot ulcers
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