Charcot Feet and Ankles
Charcot neuroarthropathy is a progressive condition that can lead to severe foot and ankle deformities. Patients with this condition often experience decreased sensation in their feet due to underlying medical issues like diabetes, which can make them unaware of the damage that is occurring. Charcot foot can lead to multiple fractures, dislocations, and collapsed arches, which can put patients at risk of developing non-healing wounds and infections.
The condition is often managed through a combination of bracing and reconstructive surgery. Bracing involves the use of a cast or boot to immobilize the foot and prevent further collapse and deformity. The goal of bracing is to promote healing and prevent further damage to the foot.
Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, involves repairing and rebuilding the damaged bones and joints to restore stability and function to the foot. This can include procedures like fusion, osteotomy, and bone grafting. Reconstructive surgery is often complex and can require a long recovery time, but it can provide significant benefits to patients, including improved mobility and reduced risk of complications.
At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Lilly Khavari and her team offer a comprehensive approach to managing Charcot foot. They work closely with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their specific needs and goals. This can include a combination of bracing, reconstructive surgery, and other therapies to improve foot function and reduce the risk of complications.
Early diagnosis and treatment of Charcot foot is crucial to prevent further damage and reduce the risk of complications. Patients who are experiencing foot pain, swelling, or numbness should seek medical attention right away. Dr. Khavari and her team at Carrollton Foot Center are dedicated to providing expert care and support to patients with Charcot foot, helping them to achieve the best possible outcomes and improve their quality of life.