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Charcot Foot Is a Rare but Serious Foot Condition

Charcot foot affects the bones, joints, and soft tissues of the foot and ankle. It occurs most commonly in individuals with peripheral neuropathy, particularly those with diabetes. The disease is characterized by the weakening of the bones in the foot, which can fracture easily, leading to deformities. In Charcot foot, the bones weaken and can break with minimal or no apparent trauma. As the condition progresses, the foot can become misshapen and unstable, often resulting in a rocker-bottom deformity. This can severely impair walking and lead to complications if not treated promptly. Symptoms of Charcot foot include swelling, redness, warmth in the affected area, and sometimes pain, though this may be diminished due to neuropathy. The foot may appear deformed, and patients might notice that their shoes no longer fit properly. Diagnosis of Charcot foot generally involves a thorough medical history review, physical examination, and imaging studies such as X-rays or MRI scans to assess bone damage and changes in foot structure. Treatment focuses on stabilizing the foot and preventing further damage. If you suspect you have Charcot foot or are experiencing symptoms, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist promptly for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment solutions.


Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Dan Kirk, DPM of Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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