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We treat many foot and ankle problems for our patients, but the ones associated with diabetes are especially concerning.
In the case of Charcot foot, diabetes has damaged the nervous and circulatory systems to the point where your bones are malnourished and weakened from lack of blood flow and, due to nerve damage, you cannot feel when they break. Since you are unaware of the problem, you continue walking around as you normally would. By doing so, further structural damage occurs.
The cycle continues until a foot is severely misshapen and the only “fix” is amputation.
If you have diabetes and/or realize you’ve developed this serious condition, please give us the chance to do everything we can to protect and hopefully save your feet. Either call our Indianapolis office at (317) 545-0505 or connect with us online to schedule an appointment.
How can you recognize Charcot foot?
Perhaps the best starting point for recognizing Charcot foot is knowing what this ailment is and why it develops.
And we say that because if you know you have diabetes and diabetic neuropathy (and more than half of individuals afflicted with diabetes do), then you can see that the necessary conditions for Charcot foot are in place.
If you have that awareness and aren’t already affected, you’re in a good spot. Now, you need to take the next step and make sure you have a diabetic foot care plan (and are following it).
Sadly, we know that doesn’t apply to everyone.
There’s a chance you’re reading this right now and hadn’t previously heard of Charcot foot, and yet you already have it.
So how do you know?
As we’ve noted, you might not be able to feel your foot bones break, but there are other symptoms you can experience, including:
- Warmth to the touch
- Swelling (especially when there wasn’t an obvious injury or explanation for it)
- Physical deformity
Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for reducing your risk of amputation. If you recognize any of these symptoms or know you have a high risk, schedule the earliest possible appointment with our office so Dr. Leibovitz can evaluate the situation and create a plan for you.