Charcot foot is a serious deformity that can affect diabetic patients. Since diabetes causes nerve damage and numbness in the feet, in some very unfortunate cases the entire foot can weaken and collapse without the sufferer being aware of it. Weeks and months can go by with the affected foot getting worse and worse with deformities and injuries sometimes requiring amputation of the entire foot.
3 treatments for Charcot foot that don’t involve surgery may include the following:
1) Immobilize the foot—A specially made rigid boot will have to be worn while the foot heals. Additionally, a wheelchair may be needed to remove weight and pressure on the foot to prevent further damage.
2) Use specially made footwear and braces—After a period of time of keeping pressure off your foot and after your foot doctor determines that you are ready to resume some activities, specially-designed shoes and orthotic inserts will be needed to help keep the foot in proper position and prevent further collapse.
3) Change your activities to reduce pressure—Your foot specialist will help create a new activity plan that gives you plenty of exercise without causing damage to your feet.
In cases of Charcot foot where the foot has completely collapsed, major reconstructive surgery will be required.
If you are suffering from Charcot foot disease, see your podiatrist for the right treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.