Charcot Arthropathy: When Mechanical Treatment Can Help

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A: All the doctors agree that continued mechanical management is vital for ensuring favorable long-term outcomes. As Dr. Ribotsky points out, continued changes, deviations in gait pattern and weight changes will affect the patient’s ability to ambulate in stride length.
“Surgery can take care of the gross deformities,” notes Dr. Phillips, “however, there is still much fine-tuning of the ground reaction forces that can only be addressed by the foot gear.” n

Dr. Sol (shown on the right) founded the Walking Clinic, PC and practices in Colorado Springs, Colo..
Dr. Levine is the Director of Dr. Levine’s Podiatry and Footwear Center in Frederick, Md. Dr. Phillips is the Director of Podiatric Residency at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Penn. Dr. Ribotsky is the President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.

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