Charcot Foot Reconstruction


 

Charcot foot breaks down the bones in your foot, often leading to a rocker-bottom foot or other serious deformities. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, with offices in Milburn, Union, Westfield, and Livingston, New Jersey, accomplished foot and ankle surgeon Jay Bhuta, DPM, and the team offer expert Charcot foot reconstruction surgery. This procedure can restore the appearance and function of your foot, so it’s life-changing for many diabetics. Call the office in your area or click the online scheduling tool to make your appointment.

What is Charcot foot?

Charcot foot is a severe complication of diabetes. It occurs in patients who have peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet), which leads to bone weakening and fractures. 

In many cases, neuropathy causes a loss of sensation in the feet, which means that people with Charcot foot often walk around on fractures without knowing it. This pressure eventually alters the shape of the foot. The foot structures may even collapse, particularly in the arch area, to cause a rocker-bottom appearance. 

What are the signs of Charcot foot?

Charcot foot doesn’t start with bone collapse. The early signs of the condition are less obvious but still warrant attention right away. If you have Charcot foot, you could have symptoms such as:

  • Foot swelling
  • Red foot
  • One foot feels warmer than the other one
  • Discomfort 

If you pay attention to the state of your feet and seek early care for possible signs of Charcot foot, Dr. Bhuta can often help you to prevent progression using strategies such as custom orthotics, braces, and activity changes. 

But if your Charcot foot is already at a severe point, with major damage within the structures of your foot, that’s where Charcot foot reconstruction surgery can come in to help.

What is Charcot foot reconstruction surgery?

Charcot foot reconstruction surgery is a group of procedures that restore the foot after severe Charcot foot damage. There are many approaches to Charcot foot reconstruction, including internal hardware and external hardware. Some surgeries may involve fusing joints together for improved stability in the foot.

Dr. Bhuta recommends a specific surgical approach based upon the type of damage in your foot, your mobility problems, whether you have complications like diabetic foot ulcers, and other individual factors. In some cases, he can use minimally invasive techniques to rebuild your foot safely. 

What are the risk factors for Charcot foot?

Charcot foot occurs in people with diabetes, most often in those under age 55 with severe peripheral neuropathy. It’s more common in people with a history of foot ulcers. 

Most people with Charcot foot have good circulation (or even increased circulation) to their lower extremities, but it’s possible to have peripheral vascular disease (PVD) alongside Charcot foot.

In many cases, people who need Charcot foot reconstruction already experience serious diabetes-related complications and are at risk of amputation. Charcot foot reconstruction can help to save your foot, restore your mobility, and enhance your quality of life. 

Reconstructive surgery can be life-changing for people living with Charcot’s foot. To schedule your consultation with a highly skilled surgeon, call the nearest Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey office or click on the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

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