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Pleae feel free to browse through and down load patient's guide to the following topics:
- Medications for Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rehabilitation for Arthritis
- Septic Arthritis
- Postsurgical Infection
- Nutrition and Surgery
- Tobacco Cessation
- Ankle Anatomy
- Ankle Impingement Problems
- Peroneal Tendon Subluxation
- Peroneal Tendon Problems
- Ankle Sprain and Instability
- Claw toes/Hammer toes
Charcot Foot is a form of arthritis that often develops suddenly and without pain. Without any warning, the bones in the foot and/or ankle spontaneously fracture and fragment, often causing a severe deformity. The arch of the foot often collapses, and pressure areas develop on the bottom of the foot, leading to open sores or ulcers.
The average age of patients developing a Charcot Foot is 40 years. About one-third of patients develop a Charcot Foot in both feet and/or ankles.
Although nonsurgical treatments, such as elevation, icing, casts, and braces, can help alleviate pain and resolve open sores or ulcers, many of these deformities may require surgery to correct the fracture or remove bone fragments. This usually occurs in cases characterized by:
- Chronic deformity with increased plantar pressures and risk of ulcers.
- Chronic deformity with significant instability that cannot be corrected by braces.
- Significant deformity that may include ulcers that do not heal or respond to therapy.