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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Recognizing and Preventing Charcot Foot | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Recognizing and Preventing Charcot Foot
 

If you are a diabetic or have severe neuropathy due to another medical issue, you need to be aware of a serious condition known as Charcot Foot. With this disorder, bones are weakened to the point where they start to fracture spontaneously. Since neuropathy decreases a person’s ability to perceive pain and other sensations, the patient will continue to walk on the foot with fractures, eventually causing arch and joint collapse and a deformed appearance of the foot. This extremely disabling disorder can come on suddenly and without pain and that’s why at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we want to educate our patients about this serious condition.

What to Look For

The changes in the structure of the foot that occur as a result of Charcot Foot cause weight shifts in the foot and pressure points to develop on the bottom of the foot. Over time, these can become open wounds or ulcers, a condition that poses a serious medical threat to diabetics. Vigilance is key to catching Charcot Foot in its earliest stages. Patients should be in the habit of checking their feet daily and report changes to one of our podiatrists: Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel immediately. Symptoms of Charcot Foot include: redness and swelling of the foot, change in shape of the foot, warmth in the affected area and soreness.

Treatment

There are several conservative treatment options available for Charcot Foot. These include:

  • Rest and immobilization—protecting weakened bones and giving fractured bones a chance to heal, is a top priority for Charcot Foot patients.
  • Modifying activities—patients will need to avoid repetitive stress on the feet. This may mean changing activities or reducing the level of activity. In about 1/3 of Charcot Foot patients the disorder develops in both feet, so precautions have to be taken to protect the second foot even if it is not yet present there.
  • Orthotics and bracing—once bones have healed, special inserts may pad fragile areas and help prevent Charcot Foot from recurring; bracing may also help, especially if the resulting deformity is severe.

 

Keeping your diabetes under control and being careful not to injure your feet are the best ways to help prevent Charcot Foot. If you have questions about this disorder or are concerned you may have it, don’t put off making an appointment at our Aberdeen office.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Recognizing and Preventing Charcot Foot, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen