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Charcot Foot - Association of Alberta Podiatric Surgeons

Charcot foot, a sudden softening of the bones in the foot, is a serious condition that can lead to fractures, foot deformity or amputation. Charcot foot is often found in people with nerve damage also know as neuropathy and can often go unnoticed as they have less sensation.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty walking
  • Redness
  • Warmth in the foot
  • Swelling
  • Pain

Treatment

Non Surgical Treatment options include:

  • Non-weightbearing Immobilization (Cast, brace, or boot with crutches or wheelchair)
  • Custom inserts
  • Change in activities

If the condition is severe and decreases the ability to perform desired activities, and makes shoe fitting difficult surgery may be performed. Podiatric Surgeons will perform a clinical examination, review X-rays and other diagnostic imaging, and assess your post-operative goals to guide your treatment.

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