Surgical Reconstruction of the Diabetic Charcot Foot. Internal, External or Combined Fixation?

John J. Stapleton, Thomas Zgonis

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Abstract

Charcot neuroarthropathy of the foot and ankle is a devastating neuropathic complication that can eventually lead to a lower extremity amputation in the presence of an ulceration or infection. Current surgical approaches for the management of the diabetic Charcot foot and ankle deformities are largely based on expert opinions in various fixation methods attempting to avoid major postoperative complications. The goal of this article is to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various internal, external, or combined fixation methods as they relate to the inherent challenges in the management of the diabetic Charcot foot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
JournalClinics in podiatric medicine and surgery
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • Charcot foot
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • External fixation
  • Internal fixation
  • Reconstruction
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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