An Overview of Internal and External Fixation Methods for the Diabetic Charcot Foot and Ankle

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Abstract

Diabetic Charcot neuroarthropathy (DCN) of the foot and ankle is a challenging disease with regard to clinical presentation, pathogenesis, and prognosis. Its surgical management is equally difficult to interpret based on the wide array of options available. In the presence of an ulceration or concomitant osteomyelitis, internal fixation by means of screws, plates, or intramedullary nailing needs to be avoided when feasible. External fixation becomes a great surgical tool when managing DCN with concomitant osteomyelitis. This article describes internal and external fixation methods along with available literature to enlighten surgeons faced with treating this complex condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalClinics in podiatric medicine and surgery
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Charcot neuroarthropathy
  • Diabetic Charcot foot
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • External fixation
  • Internal fixation
  • Reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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