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Charcot Deformity Reconstruction

Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Bartlett, Millington and Memphis, TN, West Memphis, AR and Senatobia, MS
Charcot Deformity Reconstruction

Charcot Deformity Reconstruction services offered in Bartlett, Millington and Memphis, TN, West Memphis, AR and Senatobia, MS

If you have foot weakness or a deformity because of diabetes and nerve damage, the experts at Podiatry Institute of the South are here for you. The exceptional board-certified podiatric surgeons offer Charcot deformity reconstruction to restore the structure and function of a deformed foot. To schedule an evaluation, call one of the offices in Senatobia, Mississippi, West Memphis, Arkansas, or Memphis, Millington, or Bartlett, Tennessee, or use the online scheduler today.

Charcot Deformity Reconstruction

What is a Charcot deformity reconstruction?

Charcot foot deformity is a condition that causes gradual weakening of soft tissues, joints, and bones in your feet and ankles. It’s a complication associated with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), as well as repetitive injuries and foot trauma.

Over time, weak bones can fracture, and joints may dislocate because of Charcot foot. When left untreated, these and other deformities can cause open sores on your feet, bone infections, or even the need for amputation. Charcot deformity reconstruction is a surgery designed to correct foot irregularities. 

Do I need Charcot deformity reconstruction?

The common symptoms associated with Charcot foot deformities include:

  • Bone loss
  • Foot structure collapse
  • Rounded foot bottom (rocker-bottom foot)
  • Toes that curve downward
  • Deformed or unstable ankle
  • Sharp bony edges
  • Open sores 
  • Infections
  • A floppy foot
  • Bone disintegration
  • Foot trauma
  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Swelling

At the first sign of a Charcot deformity, see the Podiatry Institute of the South specialists for an evaluation. 

How is a Charcot deformity diagnosed?

To diagnose Charcot foot, your podiatrist reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They examine your feet, lower legs, ankles, and toes. You might need X-rays, a CT scan, or another imaging procedure to help your specialist properly diagnose the condition. 

What happens during Charcot deformity reconstruction?

Charcot deformity reconstruction is a surgery that corrects deformities and strengthens the foot. Your podiatrist can repair deformities by realigning tissues, fusing them, or removing bony protrusions to reduce the risk of ulcers. 

The Podiatry Institute of the South experts numb the treatment area before surgery and use cutting-edge, advanced procedures and surgical tools to produce superior, highly effective results. They close any incisions and give you post-surgery instructions. After surgery, you may need to use crutches for a while and undergo physical therapy.

Other treatment options include immobilization, activity modification, and wearing a brace, cast, boot, custom shoes, orthotics, or a brace. You might require more than one treatment to achieve exceptional results. 

To learn more about Charcot deformity reconstruction and find out if it’s right for you, call the Podiatry Institute of the South office or schedule an appointment online today.

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