Charcot Joint Overview
What is a Charcot joint?
A person with a Charcot joint has damage to a joint that occurs when there is decreased sensation around the joint. The loss of sensation leaves the person unable to feel pain, so they become unaware when the joint is irritated or injured. The loss of sensation is usually caused by underlying diabetic neuropathy. Fractures can occur without causing any pain. Charcot joint occurs most commonly in the ankle and foot, but may also occur in the spine.
What are the symptoms of a Charcot joint?
Common symptoms of Charcot joint include foot pain, ankle pain, joint swelling, joint deformity, and warmth to the skin overlying the joint.
How does the doctor treat a Charcot joint?
Treatment for Charcot joint may include casting, protective splints, and a walker or crutches. Joint replacement may be an option to replace a severely damaged joint.
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