The Charcot Foot: Neuropathic Osteoarthropathy

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

To enhance the learner’s competence with knowledge of the Charcot foot.

TARGET AUDIENCE:

This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

OBJECTIVES:

After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:

OBJECTIVES:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of Charcot foot pathophysiology and diagnosis.

OBJECTIVES:

2. Apply knowledge of Charcot foot to its management in patient scenarios.

Charcot joint is an uncommon but often missed complication of the neuropathic diabetic foot. Prompt recognition and treatment with plantar pressure redistribution can prevent unnecessary amputation.

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