Single stage correction with external fixation of the ulcerated foot in individuals with Charcot neuroarthropathy

Daniel C. Farber, Paul J. Juliano, Peter R. Cavanagh, Jan Ulbrecht, Gregory Caputo

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The ulcerated foot in individuals with Charcot neuroarthropathy presents a complex problem when correction of the deformity is necessary but the presence of infection precludes the use of internal fixation. We reviewed 11 patients with midfoot Charcot neuroarthropathy, collapse, and ulceration who were at risk for amputation. These patients underwent operative debridement, corrective osteotomy, external skeletal fixation and culture-directed antibiotic therapy as a limb salvage procedure. Patients were transitioned from the external fixator (average 57 days) to total contact casting (average 131 days) and all subsequently progressed to therapeutic footwear in 12 to 49 months of follow-up (average 24 months), except one patient whose medical decline resulted in bedrest. We believe that when performed in properly selected patients, this procedure presents an alternative to amputation and, via corrective osteotomy, results in a shoe-able, functional foot that is potentially less prone to ulceration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-134
Number of pages5
JournalFoot and Ankle International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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