Early Detection of Charcot Foot is Key
Anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes and/or peripheral neuropathy should be taking time each day to examine their feet for signs of problems. This is true even for anyone whose foot health feels perfectly fine. The more you know about how your feet should look and feel, the better you will be able to tell when something isn’t right.
If you notice any of the following, it may be an early sign of trauma that could result in Charcot foot. Notify us right away of any:
- Skin that is warmer to the touch than normal
- Noticeable pain, aching, or soreness (especially if you know you have a significant loss of sensation)
If you have advanced neuropathy, remember that pain will often not be your best indicator of a problem. You must look and feel.
Additionally, preventative care does not need to begin before your nerves or circulation have been significantly impacted. Our practice specializes in testing to monitor both, including PSSD Nerve Testing and PADnet Vascular Testing.
The better we can keep track of your circulation and neurological health, the more ready we can be to identify and address potential complications as soon as possible, heading off the development of Charcot foot at the pass.
Treating Charcot Foot
Every case of Charcot foot must be taken very seriously. At Advanced Foot & Ankle, we will do everything we can to prevent further collapse of the foot and avoid any need for amputation.
Following a full evaluation to determine the extent of damage to the foot, we will make recommendations for treatment and recovery.
In more minor cases, Charcot foot could be addressed through conservative means. The foot may be immobilized with a cast or brace, and all allowances should be made to provide it every opportunity to heal. We will closely monitor the progress of recovery, adjusting treatment as necessary. If the bones continue to heal, the cast or brace could be changed to a walking boot or specialized shoes.
When severe structural damage is present, however, surgery may be a necessity to reconstruct the foot and ankle.
Whether addressed conservatively or surgically, however, it remains essential to take any further steps necessary to prevent further damage and collapse. The plan for doing so may look different from patient to patient, and we will discuss our best recommendations and options.
Preventing Severe Diabetic Complications Begins Now
We are ready to help any patient with Charcot foot find fast treatment, but preventing such a situation from arising will always be the preferable option. A good diabetic care plan can very much mean the difference between good health and mobility or the loss of a foot.
Your diabetic foot care is not something to leave to chance. Early and consistent action is key. Schedule an appointment with Advanced Foot & Ankle by calling our offices or by filling out our online contact form.