Charcot Arthropathy

Charcot Arthropathy, also known as Charcot foot and ankle, is a syndrome in patients who have neuropathy or loss of sensation.  It includes fractures and dislocations of bones and joints that occur with minimal or no known trauma.

Often times this occurs in patients with diabetes mellitus, but the common denominator is always neuropathy.  If you have neuropathy, one of the tell tale signs can be a RED - HOT - SWOLLEN foot.  Later, when fractures and dislocations occur, there may be severe deformities of the foot and ankle, including collapse of the midfoot arch (often called a rocker bottom foot) or instability of the ankle and hindfoot. 

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What's covered by insurance??

If you have diabetes mellitus (DM), most insurance companies will cover 80% of the cost for both shoes and if needed, an AFO.  If you do NOT have DM, then you would more than likely only have coverage for the AFO.   Please remember that these items are considered durable medical equipment (DME) and in most cases, you will need to meet your deductible before insurance will pay their percentage.

 


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