Charcot foot is a condition that causes the bones in the foot to weaken. After a while of walking on the feet, fractures can occur and joints can collapse. Continuous walking on the feet can actually cause the foot to change it's shape completely. This is a very serious conditon that can eventually lead to amputations in the feet.
Charot foot is caused by neuropathy. A person can lose sensation in the feet which will cause them to walk on their feet despite an injury or pressure. Swelling and redness are common symptoms of Charcot foot, as well as, the distinct collapsed arch.
There are surgical and non surgical treatments for Charcot foot. Nonsurgical treatment begins with immobilization. Our doctors would begin with resting the foot and allowing the bones and joints to heal. Usually a person with Charcot foot will need to wear custom shoes to help support the arch. In addition, your doctor will want to check the foot routinely to make sure symptoms do not persist.