If you have nerve damage from diabetes, you might be at a higher risk for developing Charcot deformity. At Rhode Island Foot Care, the board-certified podiatrists offer services to treat and prevent Charcot deformity at their offices in North Providence, Pawtucket, Newport, Riverside, Johnston, Warwick, Cranston, East Providence, Cumberland, Warren, and Central Falls, Rhode Island, and locations in Taunton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts. If you have diabetes and need an evaluation for Charcot deformity, call the Rhode Island Foot Care office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Charcot’s foot is a serious complication that develops in people with peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) and diabetes. This condition is rare and affects the soft tissues, joints, and bones of your foot and ankle.
Over time, your foot and ankle bones can weaken and break. You might also be prone to frequent dislocations in the joints of your foot and ankle. If left untreated, Charcot foot can cause the joints of your foot to collapse and lead to Charcot deformity.
Factors that can increase your risk for Charcot foot or deformity include foot or ankle sprains or broken bones.
Because of the severity of complications due to Charcot deformity, it’s important to schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Rhode Island Foot Care if you have symptoms of Charcot’s foot, such as redness, tenderness, or swelling in your feet or ankles.
When Charcot’s foot progresses to Charcot deformity, your risk increases for sores and open wounds in the foot and ankle that can lead to infection. Untreated infections might result in the need for surgery to amputate your ankle and foot.
The Rhode Island Foot Care team can confirm Charcot’s foot using X-rays before it leads to a deformity. They can also evaluate the severity of a deformity if your condition progresses before you seek treatment.
The podiatry specialists create a treatment plan based on your needs and the severity of your condition.
Initially, the Rhode Island Foot Care team might recommend periods of rest each day to reduce the pressure on your foot and ankle. You might also need to use braces or a cast to prevent unnecessary movements, so your foot and ankle can heal properly.
If you already have Charcot deformity, you might need surgery to correct it. Following surgery, you can expect to wear protective footwear that reduces your risk for other deformities and complications like open sores and infected ulcers.
To learn more about the available treatments for Charcot deformity, call the Rhode Island Foot Care office nearest you or book an appointment online today.