Charcot is a condition seen in patients who have peripheral neuropathy, or loss of sensation in the foot and ankle. Patients may experience fractures and dislocations of the bones and joints of the foot with little to no trauma. Neuropathy can be caused by conditions such as diabetes.
- Increased warmth
- Inability to walk
- Collapse of arch
Quick diagnosis is key to allow for proper treatment. In many cases Charcot is misdiagnosed initially because the symptoms mimic other conditions. Make sure to see Dr. Pajouh immediately if you suspect you might have Charcot. Non surgical treatments include protective splint, non weight bearing, bracing or casting. Dr. Pajouh recommends non weight bearing in cases of acute charcot. Patients who require complex reconstruction will have a thorough discussion with Dr. Pajouh on his recommendations as every charct patient is different.