Charcot Foot

X-ray of a foot from the side with a red mark indicating Charcot foot Charcot foot is a condition that affects the bones, joints and soft tissues of the foot and ankle. In Charcot foot, the bones are weakened to the point that they can fracture, thus changing the shape of the foot. As the condition gets worse, the joints in the foot collapse and the foot takes on an abnormal outward appearance.

Charcot foot appears most often in people suffering from diabetes, and if left untreated, can lead to disability, deformity and amputation.


Charcot foot is caused by neuropathy, a foot deformity that decreases the foot’s ability to feel pain. Because it is not always felt, people who walk on the foot only make the condition worse.


Symptoms of Charcot foot include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain/soreness
  • Warmth


The best way to avoid Charcot foot is to keep blood sugar levels under control. Other forms of treatment include avoiding injuries to the feet and regular check-ups by foot specialists.

If any of the above symptoms apply to you, come see our specialists at the Center for Diabetic Limb Preservation at Northwest Hospital so they can treat and prevent further complications.