Open Access Review Article

Charcot, the Man, the Joint and its Care

Ahmad Al-Khattat1, Peter Gorman2, Winston Crasto3, Rajiv Nair4, Ponusamy Saravanan5 and Vinod Patel5

1Clinical Doctor, UK

2Senior Lecturer in Wolverhampton University, UK

3Clinical Director Medicine, UK

4Consultant in Diabetes Care, UK

5Professor of Diabetes, UK

Corresponding Author

Received Date: February 03, 2020;  Published Date: February 21, 2020


Charcot joint is a relatively painless destructive arthritis that may affect any joint in the body. Its pathophysiology was originally thought to be caused solely by sensory neuropathy, but other mechanisms have since been proposed. It can occur as a complication of a number of medical conditions, most commonly diabetes mellitus. Its significance lies in its potentially devastating effect on the affected joint and limb but more reassuringly, on the highly successful joint and limb preserving result of early recognition and management of this very important condition.

This article will briefly discuss some of the interesting history of Charcot joint, it’s prevalence, aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

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