The Diabetic Charcot Foot

  • Lee C. Rogers
  • Robert G. Frykberg
Part of the Contemporary Diabetes book series (CDI)


The diabetic Charcot foot is a potentially limb-threatening deformity associated with peripheral neuropathy and concomitant injury. Often the precipitating injury is fairly minor, but unrecognized due to the underlying peripheral sensory neuropathy. With existing loss of protective sensation the neuropathic individual continues to walk on the injured extremity causing progressive inflammation with varying degrees of bone and joint pathology. Severe deformity can ensue that predisposes to ulceration, infection, and potential amputation. It is therefore critical to diagnose this condition early in its natural history to prevent progressive foot or ankle deformity and instability.

This chapter reviews the etiology, diagnostic methods, and various treatment options for the active and inactive Charcot arthropathy of the foot and ankle.


Osteoarthropathy Neuropathic osteoarthropathy Charcot foot Rocker-bottom foot Diagnostic imaging Magnetic resonance imaging Exostectomy Realignment arthrodesis Bisphosphonates Calcitonin RANK-L Osteoprotegerin Inflammation Deformity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lee C. Rogers
    • 1
  • Robert G. Frykberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Amputation Prevention Centers of AmericaWhite PlainsUSA
  2. 2.Podiatry SectionPhoenix VA Healthcare SystemPhoenixUSA

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