Charcot joint (ankle)

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Diabetic with deformed foot. Longstanding. Charcot?

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Gross deformity of the ankle joint with dense subchondral sclerosis.

The joint space is obilterated and there is collapse of the talar dome.  Resultant subluxation.

Small loose bodies.

Disuse osteopenia of the metatarsals.

Case Discussion

A typical example a severe form of Charcot joint.  The ankle is one of the commonest sites.

Although a wide number of causes can be responsible diabetes is now the commonest cause, the end result of chronic diabetic neuropathy. 

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.