Charcot Neuroarthropathy: A Major Cause of Morbidity in Diabetes


What role do bisphosphonates play in the management of a Charcot joint? Is arthrodesis preferred to osteotomy? What's the most common complication of Charcot foot? Take this mini-quiz.


Charcot neuroarthropathy is a major cause of morbidity for patients with diabetes mellitus.

Which statement about this neuropathy is false?

A. Bisphosphonates may expedite conversion of an active Charcot foot to a more stable, chronic stage.
B. Bisphosphonates significantly minimize bone resorption in patients with Charcot foot.
C. For medial column or more severe deformities, arthrodesis procedures are preferred to osteotomies.
D. The most common complication of Charcot foot is infection secondary to plantar ulcerations.
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