diabetic arthropathy

The diabetic arthropathy - Joint damage associated with diabetes mellitus. It results from the loss of protective pain sensation that can occur when peripheral nerves are damaged (see diabetic neuropathy). The condition often affects the joints in the legs; the ankle is particularly vulnerable.

Affected joints (called neuropathic joints or Charcot’s joints) tend to be swollen and deformed but painless. Treatment includes fitting a special cast to reduce swelling in the limb, and the use of supportive footwear.


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