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What is a Charcot joint?

Neuropathic arthropathy (or neuropathic osteoarthropathy), also known as Charcot joint (often Charcot foot) after the first to describe it, Jean-Martin Charcot, refers to progressive degeneration of a weight bearing joint, a process marked by bony destruction, bone resorption, and eventual deformity due to loss of

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Likewise, people ask, what causes a Charcot joint?

Any condition that causes sensory or autonomic neuropathy can lead to a Charcot joint. Charcot arthropathy occurs as a complication of diabetes, syphilis, chronic alcoholism, leprosy, meningomyelocele, spinal cord injury, syringomyelia, renal dialysis, and congenital insensitivity to pain.

Also, what are the symptoms of Charcot? Signs and symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease may include:

  • Weakness in your legs, ankles and feet.
  • Loss of muscle bulk in your legs and feet.
  • High foot arches.
  • Curled toes (hammertoes)
  • Decreased ability to run.
  • Difficulty lifting your foot at the ankle (footdrop)
  • Awkward or higher than normal step (gait)

Considering this, what is a Charcot foot?

Charcot foot is a condition causing weakening of the bones in the foot that can occur in people who have significant nerve damage (neuropathy). The bones are weakened enough to fracture, and with continued walking, the foot eventually changes shape.

What is the best treatment for Charcot foot?

The first and most important treatment is rest or to take the weight off of the affected foot (also called “offloading”). In the early stage of Charcot foot, offloading helps prevent inflammation and stops the condition from getting worse and prevents deformity.

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