Living with Complications
Charcot foot is a deformity that can result as a complication of diabetes and other conditions. It develops after you lose sensation in your legs and feet. The joints and bones of your foot begin to break down and collapse. You cannot feel these injuries, and you may continue to walk on the foot. This worsens the damage. Charcot foot is a disabling deformity. It can be difficult to treat, but there are techniques that can be used to correct it.
This condition, which most often occurs as a complication of long-term diabetes, is a progressive degenerative condition that affects the foot. It is characterized by nerve damage in the foot along with severely weakened foot bones. This combination can result in a person fracturing the foot, but continuing to walk on the broken bones, which leads to debilitating foot deformity.
Preventing Long Term Complications
Not long ago there was a preconceived notion that if you had developed diabetes you would eventually suffer complications. Today a patient with diabetes doesn't necessarily have to lose a limb or require kidney dialysis. In the program "Diabetes: Avoiding Complications" physicians from the National Institutes of Health, the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio provide a comprehensive look at coping with diabetes and avoiding, or at least delaying, its complications.