Charcot Foot

 

 
This can be a complex clinical condition. Typically, diabetes would be an underlying cause that has resulted in either atypical fractures or deformities in the ankle or foot.
 
 
 
 
Charcot foot is one of the most common conditions, which is also commonly known as neuropathic osteoarthropathy. It is a degenerative condition that generally takes place when a patient has diabetes. When a person has high glucose in their body, it can damage the nerves present in their lower limbs. This can cause numbness or neuropathy and also reduced sensitivity.

Lack of sensation might break down in the joints, bones and soft tissues due to the unintentional and continuous pressure given on their lower limbs.

Stages in Charcot foot:

  • Inflammation generally happens from chronic trauma, which again leads to osteolysis
  • Increase in the active bone resorption due to abnormal vascular reflex, which makes the bones even weaker
  • Bone fractures, which result in releasing the pro-inflammatory cytokines. This again promotes inflammation which leads to pain due to neuropathic diabetics.
  • Diabetic patients keep continuing normal motion due to being unable to feel the sensation, leading to irreversible damage on the foot.

How Does It Look?

Charcot foot can be damaging if not taken proper care of as it can destroy the bone, leading to relenting structure and complex fractures and ankle foot deformation. The rocker bottom is something that shows the later stage on the patients who have diabetes. Most of the time, it can be mistaken as the Acquired Flatfoot Disorder.

  • Some of the most common symptoms are:
  • Inflammation
  • Warmth
  • Swelling
  • Difference in temperature in two feet
  • Discomfort
  • Mild to moderate level pain

How To Treat?

This condition can be treated with the trained doctors’ ability to diagnose and understand even the subtle symptoms. We strive to get your condition treated and offer corrective treatment by customising the treatment as per your condition.

To learn more about this condition and our capabilities to assist, speak to our practice at +65 6734 8168 or send an email to email@footandankledoctor.com.sg
 
 
Use of a hindfoot arthrodesis nail for Charcot hindfoot deformity.
 
Use of a hindfoot arthrodesis nail for Charcot hindfoot deformity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
#10-41 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road S(329563)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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