Complications involving the feet are common among people who have diabetes, a condition that affects how the body regulates levels of sugar in the bloodstream. One of the more serious conditions is Charcot foot, also called Charcot neuroarthropathy, in which the bones of the foot weaken and become increasingly vulnerable to repeated fractures. Without treatment, the bones of the foot may become permanently misaligned.
At NYU Langone, doctors at our Diabetic Foot and Ankle Center provide care for people with Charcot foot that addresses all aspects of a person’s health. Specialists in orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, wound care, endocrinology, and rehabilitation work together to provide effective treatment. They can also help to prevent Charcot foot from recurring.
If Charcot foot is diagnosed before severe damage has occurred, NYU Langone diabetic foot specialists recommend casting and bracing to allow bones to heal. Custom orthotic shoe inserts can help prevent the condition from recurring. If repeated fractures and dislocations lead to changes in the shape of the foot, our orthopedic surgeons offer procedures to stabilize any fractures and realign the bones of the foot.
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