Charcot foot is a condition wherein the bones of the foot become deformed after a break or dislocation. It often occurs when an injury includes nerve damage, because the injured individual loses sensation in the foot, which can collapse due to continued walking and use if the person is unaware. Charcot foot can also affect the sense of balance.
There is no single cause of Charcot foot. Sometimes it is the result of a sprain or broken bones in the foot that the individual does not notice as they have lost sensation. A loss of muscle tone due to neuropathy may also contribute to the condition. People with diabetes who have had an organ transplant also may develop Charcot foot from drugs doctors prescribe to prevent organ rejection. These drugs can cause neuropathy.
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