Author(s): Rogers LC, Bevilacqua NJ
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Abstract Charcot foot is a rapidly progressive disease process occurring in those with peripheral neuropathy. The disease is frequently misdiagnosed resulting in a delay of appropriate treatment, worsening the outcome. We present the hallmarks for diagnosis of Charcot foot based on the clinical examination and imaging studies. We provide a simple algorithm based on evidence and experience for the investigation of the foot when Charcot arthropathy is suspected. Additionally, we propose a new classification that accounts for the degree of complications in the Charcot joint. This new system considers deformity, ulceration, and osteomyelitis, which may help to predict amputation.
This article was published in Clin Podiatr Med Surg
and referenced in Clinical Pharmacology & Biopharmaceutics