The historic treatment of Charcot foot has entailed non-weight-bearing immobilization during the acute active phase, followed by longitudinal management with accommodative bracing. This treatment plan yields poor outcomes, even in cases classified as successful. An appreciation of poor outcomes convinced experts to attempt correction of the resultant deformities. Early attempts at surgical correction of the acquired deformities in patients with medical comorbidities were complicated by infection, wound failure, and mechanical loss of correction. New surgical techniques have been designed to obtain and maintain correction and minimize the risks for complications and poor outcomes in this complex patient population.
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