Conditions & Services

Charcot

One complication of diabetes is neuropathy or nerve damage. Significant signs of neuropathy can lead to a condition known as Charcot foot in many diabetic patients. Sometimes bones become weakened enough to fracture. This is problematic because left untreated, the foot eventually changes shape and the joints collapse.

If you are diabetic, in the Akron-Canton, Ohio area and think you may be suffering from Charcot foot, please contact us at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center. Charcot foot is a potentially debilitating condition that responds well to treatment when diagnosed early.

What is it?

Charcot foot is a dangerous condition that can lead to severe deformity, disability, and possibly even limb loss. Because of the potential for serious complications of Charcot foot, it is imperative that diabetic patients use preventive care and immediately contact their physician if signs or symptoms are present.

Some of the symptoms of Charcot foot are:

  • Affected foot is warm to the touch
  • Redness in the area of foot pain
  • Swelling in the foot

Am I at risk?

Anyone who experiences neuropathy or nerve damage is at risk for developing Charcot foot. Whether your neuropathy stems from diabetes, multiple sclerosis, syringomyelia (spinal cord disease) or any other condition, developing Charcot foot is a possibility without proper foot care and prevention.

How is Charcot foot diagnosed?

Early diagnosis of Charcot foot is incredibly important for successful treatment and a good long-term prognosis. During your appointment, a doctor will thoroughly examine your foot, take note of your medical history (particularly of diabetes) and inquire about any events that may have happened to exacerbate your symptoms. Diagnostic x-rays and other imaging studies and tests may be ordered.

For more details on Charcot, visit the ACFAS informational website.