Treatment for Charcot Foot

The goal of Charcot foot treatment is to stabilize the joint. In people with diabetes, avoiding placing weight on the foot for at least 8 weeks may help to prevent further damage. During this time, a total contact or walking cast and crutches may be required to protect the foot.

Surgery may be necessary to treat severe deformities caused by Charcot foot. Structures within the foot can be reshaped and bony protrusions can be removed surgically to prevent recurring ulcers. After surgery, the foot is monitored for signs of infection (e.g., redness, swelling, warmth).

Charcot Foot Prognosis

In most cases, patients with Charcot foot can resume regular activities after treatment. In people who have diabetes, blood sugar levels, injuries to the foot, and recurrence of the disease must be strictly monitored.

Publication Review By: Hai-En Peng, D.P.M., Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 01 Jan 2000

Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014