A Charcot foot (pronounced shark-oh) is characterized by destroyed bones and sometimes fractures and dislocations in the foot or ankle. Oftentimes, the arch of the foot collapses and there is a prominent bone felt on the bottom of the foot in the arch. This is sometimes referred to as “rocker bottom foot” because the foot deformity resembles the shape of the leg of a rocking chair. This often leads to an ulcer on the bottom of the foot. Sometimes the bone will be infected if there is an open sore.

Charcot foot is a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed as bone infection and may be unnecessarily amputated. Therefore, it is imperative to have an expert in Charcot foot review the case prior to consenting to amputation.

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