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Charcot Foot Surgery

Charcot foot surgery can be performed by a podiatrist.

Charcot foot is a disease that has many causes and typically involves the joints of the foot and ankle.  Podiatrist in St. Louis can perform charcot foot surgery for charcot foot.  A podiatric surgeon must be at least 3 years surgical trained and have experience in diabetic foot surgery.  Dr. Dennis Timko is a podiatrist in St. Louis Missouri that can help.

Etiologies

  • diabetic neuropathy
  • syphilis (tabes dorsalis)
  • meningomyelocele / spina bifida
  • nerve injury: spinal cord or peripheral nerves
  • leprosy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome

Symptoms

  • unilateral swelling
  • red Skin Discoloration
  • warm temperature to affected extremity
charcot foot surgery

External fixator for charcot foot disease

Treatment

  • Aredia IV given in hospital infused over 4-6 hours to slow down disease.
  • Non-Weightbearing for up to 2 months.
  • Cast
  • After acute phase of disease is over patient may require surgical correction with external fixation to realign joints together.  External fixation may allow patient to walk sooner.
  • If charcot foot surgery is needed recovery time may take up to 1-2 years.