Charcot Foot/Charcot Neuropathy: Treatment and Management
Bracing is a non-invasive form of correcting problems caused by Charcot foot. Often gait abnormalities can be corrected by the use of a total contact ankle brace called the South West Charcot AFO (ankle-foot orthoses). This AFO helps control foot drop and ankle instability with a better sense of balance for patients. The SouthWest Charcot AFO is one of the latest forms of total contact bracing available for Charcot foot patients.
Make-up of the S. W. Charcot AFO:
Symptoms of Charcot foot:
Charcot foot affects the metatarsal, tarsometatarsal, and tarsal joints, which are located in the midfoot and forefoot. Charcot foot is a progressive degenerative condition that affects the joints in the feet. It is associated with nerve damage (neuropathy) that decreases the ability to sense stimuli, including pain, and decreases muscular reflexes that control movement. As a result, the joints in the feet are subjected to repeated trauma and injury, causing progressive damage to the ligaments, cartilage, and bones.
Large bony overgrowths, or osteophytes, develop as the body replaces lost bone with new bone and may protrude from the top of the foot. Fractures may cause the tarsal bones to collapse and outward bowing of the arch, or "rocker foot."
Studies of the Charcot Foot
Charcot Foot: The Diagnostic Dilemma
Charcot Arthropathy in the foot and ankle
Charcot Foot - Operative versus Nonoperative Management
The Charcot Foot: Management of Diabetic Charcot Arthropathy
The Foot: Neuroarthropathy
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