Charcot Foot is a very serious condition that occurs when the bones in your foot weaken due to neuropathy (nerve damage). This weakening of the bone causes bone fractures, which can lead to foot deformity and disability if left untreated.
Charcot Foot and neuropathy are both associated with diabetes. Having diabetes puts you at risk of neuropathy, which then puts you at risk of developing Charcot Foot.
Signs & Symptoms
Signs and symptoms associated with Charcot Foot include:
- Pain & swelling
- Redness & warmth
- Instability of the foot
- Loss of feeling in the foot
- Deformity of the foot
Charcot Foot can lead to the development of other conditions and issues in the foot, such as:
- Bone infection
- Foot ulcers
- Bone spurs
- Compression on nerves or blood vessels
Rest – Try to stay off the affected foot as much as possible. This will help to prevent your condition from worsening.
Shoe Inserts or Braces – Custom inserts or braces may be required to help you walk properly again. These will be required in cases of serious deformity of the foot.
Crutches, Cast or Wheelchair – These can help you keep the weight off your affected foot so your bones can heal.
Surgery – If the foot deformity is severe enough, surgery may be required.