• TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT CHARCOT FOOT

    on Jan 24th, 2016

Charcot foot is a condition that can develop if diabetic neuropathy goes untreated near Scottsdale. When the bones become weakened after the significant nerve wrought by diabetic neuropathy, they can fracture and even eventually change shape. A podiatrist offers a range of treatment options for charcot foot, including ingrown toenail treatment, plantar fasciitis treatment, and foot surgery. Continue reading to learn when you should talk to your podiatrist, what happens during your initial exam, and how to determine which treatment option is best for you.

Serious Symptoms

It is vital to talk to a podiatrist as soon as you experience symptoms of charcot foot. While a patient typically does not experience foot pain, one of the first signs of the condition is a swollen foot. Swelling can occur without any obvious injury. In the early stages, the foot may also become noticeably red. If you continue to walk on the foot after it is injured, you can experience even more severe fractures and joint dislocations. Sharp edges of broken bone can also cause foot sores.

Initial Consultation

When you schedule a consultation to talk to our podiatrist, he or she will take X-rays to diagnose bone fractures and swelling. An MRI may also be recommended to determine the source of ankle or heel pain. As compared to an X-ray, an MRI is able to create more precise images of the soft tissues of the foot and ankle. In advanced cases of charcot, your foot doctor may take a bone scan to test for bone infection.

Potential Treatment

During your exam, your doctor will discuss your prognosis and charcot treatment options. To heal the broken bones and prevent further damage for an early stage of charcot, a podiatrist may recommend a cast or custom shoes. Your podiatrist may recommend surgery if your foot deformity has progressed to the point where you are at a high risk for ulcers. Surgical intervention is also generally required to fix unstable fractures and dislocations.

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