Charcot Foot

What is Charcot Foot?

Charcot Foot is a bone disorder that is known to cause deformity in the feet. Those people, who suffer from it, usually develop significant disability and potential for infection, possible loss of limb. Charcot Foot happens most often with diabetics, but it also strikes people with neurological diseases. The disease can attack the ligaments and nerves, which alters the position of the feet. Because there is a loss of sensation attributed to the disease, many people have it and don't even know it until they get sprains and fractures.

Doctors need to monitor Charcot Foot closely, because it can develop serious problems, and even lead to amputation.

Treatment for Charcot Foot

Treatment for Charcot Foot requires a podiatrist or orthopedist, with experience in diabetes and foot disease. Here are some options that they might suggest:

  • The primary treatment for Charcot Foot is to stop further deterioration and possible deformity.
  • Casts and braces are used to help stabilize and remove pressure from your foot.
  • Rest is very important, because if the foot is not immobilized, there can be further damage.
  • Once the disorder has been treated, the patient could require special orthopedic footwear to prevent the foot from further damage in the future.
  • If other treatments are unsuccessful, you might require surgery to repair the damage, and to prevent having your foot amputated.

As with most foot problems, early detection and treatment are the keys to success with Charcot Foot, too. Many people either ignore problems until they become chronic, or they try to self-diagnose their conditions. If you notice any pain in your foot that doesn't subside, contact Talus inMotion Foot & Ankle and schedule an appointment.