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What treatment options are available for Charcot foot?

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There are several treatment options available for Charcot foot, including using a protective splint or walking brace, surgical procedures and a cast, as stated by the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. Surgery is helpful during the early stages of Charcot foot to correct the instability.

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The beginning signs of Charcot foot include redness, swelling and a warm feeling in the foot and ankle area. Individuals that have Charcot foot tend to lose feeling in their feet, potentially leading to dislocated joints and bones and bone fractures with very little trauma. The healing time for Charcot foot can take several months when non-surgical treatment options are used. Healing time for surgical treatment of Charcot foot can take even longer.

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