The management of neuroarthropathic fracture-dislocations in the diabetic patient

Orthop Clin North Am. 1995 Apr;26(2):375-92.


Appropriate management for the diabetic patient with a fracture or sprain depends on recognition of "at-risk" factors. For patients with stable, minimally displaced injuries, conservative modalities (prolonged immobilization and non-weight-bearing) are sufficient. For patients with unstable or displaced fracture-dislocations, and whose general condition does not contraindicate surgery, open reduction and internal fixation, at times combined with external fixation, is recommended. Initial aggressive management can avoid or minimize the disastrous sequelae of a destructive neuroarthropathic process and can effect a biomechanically sound plantigrade, braceable, and shoeable lower extremity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthropathy, Neurogenic / complications
  • Diabetic Foot / complications*
  • Female
  • Foot Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Foot Injuries / etiology
  • Foot Injuries / surgery*
  • Fracture Fixation / instrumentation
  • Fracture Fixation / methods
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / etiology
  • Joint Dislocations / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography