Arthrodesis in the Deformed Charcot Foot

Foot Ankle Clin. 2022 Dec;27(4):835-846. doi: 10.1016/j.fcl.2022.08.005.


Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN) is a systemic disease that causes fractures, dislocations, and deformities involving the foot and ankle, resulting in substantial risk of ulceration, infection, and function loss. Early recognition and prevention of collapsing foot and ankle are still the best options for the management of patients with diabetic CN. For a successful arthrodesis procedure, the principles of adequate joint preparation, deformity correction, and soft tissue protection and care are essentials, associated with robust fixation (internal and/or external), use of different biological graft options in segmental losses, and prolonged off-loading.

Keywords: Arthrodesis; Bone graft; Charcot foot; Deformity; Dislocation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ankle
  • Ankle Joint / surgery
  • Arthrodesis / methods
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic* / etiology
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic* / surgery
  • Diabetic Foot* / surgery
  • Humans