Charcot foot: neuropathic painful artrosis

One complication less known in general is the foot of Charcot, due to neuropathy. The bones become brittle and artrotic and severe pain can rise. The natural anti-inflammatory compound palmitoylethanolamide can be of use, as it decreases chronic inflammation and pain via natural mechanisms of action. We discuss this molecule extensively on this site.


History: 40 year old patient with spinal cord injury. 

This is a case of neuropathic osteoarthropathy, also known as a Charcot joint. The imaging findings are typically described as the 5 “Ds,” which include normal bone Density, joint Distension, bony Debris, cartilage Destruction, and joint Disorganization (or dislocation/deformity). Usually when seen in the shoulder it is indicative of an entity called syringomyelia, however, in this patient it was spinal cord injury.

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