Charcot foot is characterized by loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation, predominantly in the feet and legs. Charcot foot is a very serious condition that can lead to severe deformity, disability and even amputation.
Charcot foot symptoms may include:
- Warmth to the touch (the foot feels warmer than the other)
- Redness in the foot
- Swelling in the area
- Pain or soreness
Early diagnosis of Charcot foot is extremely important for successful treatment. The podiatrist will take x-rays which are essential for diagnosis. In some cases, other imaging studies and lab tests may be ordered. Based on the studies and severity of the conditions, various treatments are available.
Because Charcot foot is severe and has many complications the following measures can prevent this condition:
- Diabetes patients: should keep blood sugar levels under control.
- Get regular check-ups from the podiatrist and check both feet every day
- Follow the podiatrist's instructions for long-term treatment to prevent recurrences, ulcers and amputation.