Kinex Podiatry

Charcot Foot

What Is Charcot Foot?

Charcot foot, also known as Charcot arthropathy, is a serious condition that typically affects individuals with neuropathy, particularly those with diabetes. It involves the weakening of bones in the foot due to nerve damage, leading to gradual joint dislocation, fractures, and deformity. Charcot foot can result in a collapsed arch, foot misalignment, and eventual joint instability, making the foot susceptible to ulcers and other complications. Early diagnosis and management are crucial to prevent severe foot deformities and disability.

Symptoms of Charcot Foot

Symptoms of Charcot foot may include redness, swelling, and warmth in the affected foot. There might be a lack of pain despite these signs, which can lead to difficulty in early detection. As the condition progresses, visible deformities, instability, and potential joint dislocations or fractures may become apparent, posing challenges with mobility and an increased risk of ulcers or other foot-related complications.

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