Charcot Neuropathy Specialties 

Experienced Podiatrists in Bradenton, Tampa, & Sarasota


Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists are committed to delivering exceptional foot and ankle care. Led by a team of board-certified podiatrists with extensive fellowship training, we specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of disorders affecting the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Our comprehensive approach encompasses routine preventive care, regenerative medicine, treatment of diabetic foot conditions, and complex reconstructive surgery, employing advanced treatments to achieve optimal outcomes for our patients.

We also recognize the importance of patient education in developing effective treatment plans. Our dedicated staff takes the time to provide clear explanations about your condition, ensuring you are well-informed before presenting potential solutions.

Our unwavering dedication is to prioritize your health, delivering individualized and compassionate care. We strive to create an environment that is attentive to your needs, enabling you to regain mobility swiftly with exceptional standards of quality care. If you have any questions or concerns about your foot or ankle condition, please do not hesitate to reach out to us – we are here to assist you!


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    Charcot Neuroarthropathy

    Charcot neuroarthropathy is a dynamic process which can be caused by a known or unknown traumatic injury. There is typically abnormal bone and joint loading leading to eventual deterioration, fracture and deformity of your foot or ankle. We like to depict what Charcot does to patient’s bones as leaving a cardboard box out in the rain. It originally starts with form, structure and support but quickly turns into wet cardboard that loses all these qualities.

    You may notice your foot begin to change and develop a “rocker bottom” like shape. Diabetic, neuropathic patients are at considerably higher risk of developing this disorder (1-10% of patients in the diabetic population). Charcot neuroarthropathy continues to be a destructive disorder to the diabetic population, and a challenging issue for foot and ankle surgeons. Neuroarthropathic changes affects both feet or ankles in as high as 75% of Charcot patients.

    Charcot Neuroarthropathy Symptoms

    Symptoms that often show up in the early stages of Charcot include increased warmth, redness, swelling, pain, deformity, and ulcerations. Diagnosis typically starts with X-rays and a thorough history and clinical evaluation. If you are diabetic, it is helpful to know your latest hemoglobin A1c level and how controlled your diabetes is. It is imperative to present to a Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as possible and follow the recommended treatment regimen. There is significant risk for life-changing events such as loss of life or amputation. If you suspect that you have an open wound, infection or may be suffering from Charcot, we recommend you contact a specialist and seek medical evaluation as soon as possible.

     Treatment Options

    Treatment for Charcot neuroarthropathy depends on the stage of the condition and its severity. In early stages, treatment typically involves immobilization and offloading of the affected foot or ankle to prevent further damage. This can be achieved through a cast, brace, or specialized orthotic device.


    While Charcot neuroarthropathy can be a challenging, there are steps you can take to prevent it from developing or worsening. These include: Properly managing your diabetes through diet, exercise, and medication, inspecting your feet daily for any changes or abnormalities, wearing appropriate shoes that fit well and provide proper support, seeking immediate medical attention for any foot injuries or abnormalities.


    Charcot neuroarthropathy is a serious condition that can have long-term consequences if not properly managed. It is important for individuals with diabetes to be aware of this condition and to take preventative measures to protect their feet. By following proper foot care techniques and seeking medical treatment when necessary, you can help prevent or manage Charcot neuroarthropathy. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to this condition, it is important to seek immediate medical attention from a specialist. Remember, healthy feet lead to a healthy and active lifestyle!

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