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Medical Treatment of Charcot’s Arthropathy

Edward B. Jude Consultant Physician, Diabetes Centre, Tameside General Hospital, Fountain St, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 9RW, England.

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Charcot’s arthropathy is a devastating condition affecting diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy, resulting in a foot at risk for ulceration and amputation. Early diagnosis is important for the institution of appropriate treatment, which may help prevent disease progression and foot deformity. This article discusses the pathogenesis and treatment options available for the disorder. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 92(7): 381-383, 2002)