Charcot Foot Can Lead to Foot Reconstruction
Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry have many years of experience with treating a variety of foot and ankle conditions, such as Charcot foot. Call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location today to learn more about complications and treatment plans for this condition.
Charcot foot is a gradual weakening of foot and ankle joints, bones and tissues. It’s more dangerous in diabetics and can be caused by the foot lacking sensation due to nerve damage. As mini injuries occur over and over again, this condition can occur while the person undergoing each injury is unaware of its effect. Bones become brittle and fracture more easily with this condition. Foot and ankle joints can also dislocate. All of this may cause deformities in the feet, which in turn lead to ulcers or infections. This condition can begin after a foot or ankle sprain and get worse when there is a potential lack of feeling in the foot. As the foot becomes worse and weight is placed on the broken bone, it begins to lose calcium that keeps it strong due to natural body mechanisms. Furthermore, this condition may cause the toes to curve downwards.
Reconstruction of a Charcot foot will attempt to drastically revamp the foot so that bones destroyed by infection can be replaced with implants and the deformity produced by this condition can be minimized to the greatest extent possible. Surgery will make use of screws, pins and plates to stabilize the foot. If there is an infection in the region being operated on, implants may be coated with antibiotics and will be used to stabilize the infected bones. Muscles and tendons may also be lengthened or transferred to equalize foot and ankle motion. After surgery, wounds may be closed with skin grafts to prevent further infection during the healing process.
Due to the complicated nature of this condition, its lasting effects and potential major surgery required, please contact our offices today so that we may assess and provide your foot with the best chance of recovery.