One of the reasons you should have a comprehensive diabetic foot care plan is to reduce your risk of developing Charcot foot. This condition can develop when nerve damage and restricted blood flow—both of which are related to diabetes—weaken foot bones and cause an inability to feel when damage has been sustained. When these issues exist together, it can lead to severe deformity.
The goals for Charcot foot treatment are to heal the broken bones and prevent further deformity and joint destruction. In some cases, this might be achieved via nonsurgical treatments like orthotics and custom shoes. Body weight should be kept off of affected limbs to protect the weakened bones as well.
Nonsurgical care is most effective when administered early. For conditions that have existed for longer time periods, or more severe cases, surgery may be recommended.
Prevention is the best form of treatment for Charcot foot. This can be achieved with a robust diabetic foot care plan, managing your diabetic condition, and coming to see us for regular foot care appointments.
Charcot foot is a big concern when you have diabetes, but it certainly is not the only one. If you are diabetic, it is important to have the guidance of an expert podiatrist to help prevent serious medical conditions from developing. For additional information, or to request an appointment with one of our offices (Orlando, Kissimmee, Tavares, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs), simply give us a call at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County).