Charcot foot is treatable, though the extent of the therapy you need will depend on how much damage your foot sustained. Some Charcot foot treatment is conservative. Your foot will need to be immobilized in a cast or special boot. This helps reduce the swelling in your lower limbs, as well as keep the damaged bones in the proper place so that they heal correctly. You’ll need to avoid all weight-bearing on the affected foot for a time. Once the bones have healed enough, you will also need to wear special orthotic shoes to support your lower limbs and protect them from ulcers in the future.
More severe deformities will need surgery to reconstruct the collapsed arch, remove bony prominences, and lengthen tightened tendons. After your foot is surgically repaired, it will be casted and allowed to heal. This whole process takes several months, but without it, your foot will be permanently deformed. If you have diabetic foot problems and are concerned about Charcot foot, let Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, know. Call (830) 569-3338 or use our website form to request an appointment.