CHARCOT FOOT / CHARCOT JOINT
CHARCOT FOOT is a complication of neuropathy because of diabetes and can lead to limb loss if not treated.
A Charcot joint, resulting from trauma to the insensitive foot, causes the foot to collapse and widen. This destructive condition is often first heralded by persistent swelling and redness, mild to moderate aching, and an inability to fit into your usual shoes. If this occurs, it is important to stay off the foot and see your podiatric surgeon immediately.
This is the picture of a Patient with Charcot Foot
with Life Threatening Infection
This is the way a normal foot architecture appears.
This is how a CHARCOT FOOT appears
CHARCOT FOOT WITH DIABETIC FOOT ULCER
After Surgery & Advanced Wound Care , the Ulcer Has Healed. Customized pressure reducing diabetic foot wear was given .
Radiograms of a Charcot Foot with Destruction of Tarsal Joints
With Proper Management, calcification and fusion of the joints can be seen. Such a patient needs to be off the foot for at least an Year. After that such patients are mobilized in customized pressure reducing footwear and thus the foot is salvaged .
During the year when they cannot put pressure on the foot, these patients are mobilized with special devices which enable them to be fully mobile.
Picture of a CHARCOT FOOT with long standing Foot Ulcers
After Surgery & Advanced Wound Care the ulcer has completely healed and patient mobilized in Customized pressure reducing diabetic foot wear.
The picture on the left show complete mid foot dislocation with multiple fractures. Patient had no pain and was walking on the foot. 5 months after treatment, the dislocation has settled and bone fusion is occurring.