Research: Delaying Charcot Foot Treatment Could Cost You Big Time

Posted by on Friday, December 28th, 2018

Neuropathic arthropathy, also known as Charcot Foot, is a comorbidity for up to 7.5% of diabetic patients with neuropathy. A third of these patients have trouble with both feet. Most patients have had poorly controlled diabetes for 15 to 20 years by the time we see degeneration of the joint and bone loss, causing the deformity. We suspect these figures are low due to how easy it is for clinicians to miss the progression of Charcot Foot. The acute stage mimics cellulitis and the chronic condition resembles osteomyelitis—which are also common diabetic comorbidities.

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Charcot foot is a debilitating and dangerous deformity for diabetics.[Image Source: SemanticScholar.org]