Are you a diabetic? Have you been hearing the term “charcot foot,” but don’t know what it really means? Our Piscataway podiatrists understand that these terms can be confusing, so we’re here to make everything a little easier to understand.

“Charcot foot” is a term that is mentioned frequently to those who have diabetes. Diabetics can’t always feel their feet. Sometimes, they lose feeling in their skin and can’t feel their feet hitting the ground. This is referred to as “neuropathy,” which is a lack of feeling in your feet. 

When people who do have feeling in their feet walk, their foot will go down to the ground and then come up like a spring. However, if you can’t feel your feet, your body doesn’t know when to spring back up. Your feet can hit the ground and continue through, which may spontaneously break the bones in your feet. So now, instead of your arch being normal, you will have a reverse arch. This is called “charcot osteoarthropathy.”

This condition can be very dangerous. The bones may even go through the skin. Your foot will get hot and swollen, but you may not be able to feel it. If you are a diabetic, it is very important to wear proper shoes to protect the foot and allow it to act as a spring. Contact our office or browse our site to learn more about how we can help you.     


Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
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Owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway and Hillsborough, NJ. Make an appointment today!