DIABETIC FOOT CONDITIONS/CHARCOT ARTHROPATHY
Because neuropathy is often present in people experiencing diabetic foot conditions, the inability to feel pain can delay proper diagnosis. Therefore, it is crucial to seek care from a provider who specializes in the treatment of people with diabetic foot and ankle conditions.
Foot problems are among the more severe complications for people with diabetes. Some of the common foot concerns for people with diabetes include:
- Fungal Toenail Infection
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Ingrown Toenails
- Plantar Warts
Charcot Arthropathy: This condition is one that is present in patients with neuropathy or a loss of sensation in the foot or ankle. The chief feature of this condition is fractures and dislocations of the bones or joints of the foot or ankle with no, or seemingly little apparent traumatic injury. Unfortunately, the initial signs of Charcot Arthropathy are like those of other foot conditions, so diagnosis isn’t always timely. Therefore, it is crucial to be evaluated for any foot condition by a physician who specializes in the care and treatment of diseases affecting the foot and ankle. Treatment options to address this condition include non-surgical methods like protective splints and braces or casting. If the damage caused by the disease has caused foot or ankle instability, then surgery may be required and involves open reduction and internal fixation techniques.
If you or someone you know is dealing with the pain or symptoms associated with a foot condition you suspect might be related to a diabetes diagnosis, contact us today. With a breadth of experience in caring for numerous patients with diabetic foot and ankle concerns, Dr. Haupt and his expert team are here to help.