Charcot foot: skin temperature as a good clinical parameter for predicting disease outcome

Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2012 May;96(2):e11-4. doi: 10.1016/j.diabres.2011.12.029. Epub 2012 Jan 31.


Twenty-eight diabetics presenting with acute Charcot foot were immobilized and the temperature difference between limbs measured at each month. All patients had monthly follow-up visits for a year and the relapse rate was zero. We found that skin temperature is a good parameter to ensure safe immobilization withdrawal.

MeSH terms

  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / pathology*
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Foot Joints / pathology*
  • Foot Joints / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Skin Temperature / physiology