Charcot Foot

Charcot foot is a condition that can occur in diabetics, especially those with neuropathy, which could manifest with numbness or tingling. The blood circulation could be higher. One theory is that the nerves do not control the blood well and the increased temperature results in softening and fracture of the bones in the foot. This is called the active phase. It is important to be non-weightbearing during this time to avoid deformity of the foot when it returns to the quiescent phase. Bone spurs and rocker bottom foot can result. After the Charcot returns to the quiescent phase, accommodative orthotics can be used to offweight the foot. Surgery can also be performed to resect bony prominences and reconstruct the foot. For more information, please click this link.