Charcot Foot (not to be confused with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease) refers to damage to the bones and joints that can occur in a neuropathic foot. Diabetics prone to this condition have a autonomic neuropopathy with hypervascularity. It is very important in patients with Diabetes, that Charcot Foot be identified and treated aggressively.
This cause of Charcot Foot is due to neuropathy with hypervascularity, an injury to the foot such as a fracture, stress fracture, sprains as well as progressive damage to the foot structure. The result is osteopenia and a weakened structure of the bones in the foot. If a Charcot Foot condition is not recognized and treated early, the foot collapses with weight bearing. This results in a major change of the foot's anatomy and additional bony prominences. This commmonly results in a "rocker bottom foot" with a chronic ulceration on the plantar aspect (bottom) of the foot.
Corey's Bootery Certified Pedorthist Recommendations:
In treating Charcot Foot, properly fit depth shoes, carbon fiber or full steel shanks to prevent toe extension, proper Rocker soles, custom total contact orthotics with soft top cover and diabetic socks are recommended. If you feel you may have Charcot Foot we also recommend a consultation with your podiatrist/orthopedist for a prescription. Please click here for a list of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area providers.