Recovery & Support for Charcot Foot

Doctors at NYU Langone provide long-term care for people with Charcot foot. Because this condition commonly affects people with diabetes, who often have reduced blood flow in the legs and feet, fractures can take a long time to heal.

Our diabetic foot experts schedule regular follow-up visits to monitor your foot as it heals. If needed, your doctor adjusts treatment to prevent complications, such as infection or ulcers.

Even after treatment has ended, it’s essential to maintain a routine of daily foot inspection, so you notice any change in the shape or appearance of the foot as soon as possible. Being evaluated and treated early can prevent permanent damage.

Managing other related aspects of your health—including controlling blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy weight—can also help you recover fully from Charcot foot and prevent it from recurring.

Follow-Up Care

In some people, Charcot foot becomes a chronic condition and requires long-term care. NYU Langone podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons schedule frequent follow-up visits to monitor your health and adjust treatment as needed to help you recover.

The frequency of these visits varies based on the type of condition you have, the extent of damage to the foot, the type of treatment your doctor provides, and other factors related to your health.

Foot Inspection and Care

Even if you have had successful treatment for Charcot foot, our doctors encourage people with diabetes to inspect both feet every day for blisters, cuts, scratches, or ingrown toenails. Daily examination ensures that you or a doctor can administer the proper treatment before an infection develops.

Without treatment, even a small blister can become an open sore in a matter of days if you continue to walk or exercise. Friction between the foot and a sneaker or shoe increases irritation and may worsen a wound.

Foot ulcers often develop on the bottom of the foot, so our doctors recommend using a mirror to thoroughly inspect that area.

Weight Loss

Being overweight or obese puts excess stress on the feet and can lead to more serious fractures. Dietitians and nutritionists from NYU Langone’s Weight Management Program can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.

If obesity makes it difficult to control your blood sugar levels, doctors can discuss the possibility of weight loss surgery with you.

Tobacco Cessation

Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain chemicals that slow bone healing, which may prevent a full recovery from a fracture caused by Charcot foot. Tobacco products are also linked to circulatory problems, which may further delay healing.

Our doctors understand that quitting smoking is difficult. NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs can give you the tools and support you need to kick the habit.

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