What is it?

Charcot's joint, or Charcot's foot, is a serious but rate complications that can affect the bones, joints, and soft tissues of the foot or ankle. Charcot's joint usually affects persons with peripheral neuropathy, especially those with diabetes mellitus.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Charcot Foot

Signs & symptoms

Signs of Charcot's joint usually appear in early stages. They include:
- Redness of the foot
- Warm joint
- Significant swelling of the extremity


In early stages, Charcot's joint is difficult to diagnose. Imaging tests are often normal. Charcot's joint is diagnosed based on the patient's medical history, current symptoms, and physical examination.


Treatment options to Charcot's triad can split to surgical and non-surgical.
- Non-surgical - rest and take the weight off the affected foot. It may involve wearing a cast to protect the leg and keep it from moving.
- Surgical - in cases of severe deformity or unstable ankle that may result with foot ulcer, surgery is the suggested treatment.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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