The Charcot foot

Med Clin North Am. 2013 Sep;97(5):847-56. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2013.04.003. Epub 2013 May 16.


The diabetic Charcot foot is rare, but a life-changing event affecting quality of life, and it risks amputation of the limb. There is no high quality evidence base governing treatment, causing clinicians to rely on low-quality, underpowered studies and expert opinion. However, CN is a treatable condition and, with lifestyle modifications and proper footwear, it does not shorten the life span of those afflicted.

Keywords: Charcot foot; Joints; Neuroarthropathy; Soft tissues.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / complications*
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / therapy*
  • Debridement / methods
  • Diabetic Foot / complications*
  • Diabetic Foot / therapy*
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Prognosis
  • Rare Diseases


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents