Charcot Arthropathy Surgical Specialist

Charcot Foot & Ankle Specialist

You are more likely to develop Charcot foot and ankle if you have diabetes or peripheral neuropathy. Though an uncommon condition, the illness can have an impact on your mobility and quality of life without proper treatment. Dr. Ryan M. Sherick is a highly-skilled surgeon with extensive experience in the most complex reconstructive surgical cases as a result of Charcot Arthropathy of the foot and ankle. This condition typically is progressive with the continued deformation of foot and ankle bones, joints, and ligaments. This condition when affecting the midfoot may make the foot appear as if it has a ” Rocker-Bottom Foot Deformity”.

Charcot foot & ankle and its Symptoms

Charcot foot and ankle syndrome is a potentially fatal condition that weakens the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your foot and ankle. These structural alterations increase the likelihood of a fracture or dislocation over time. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, Charcot foot and ankle can cause bone abnormalities that impair your ability to walk, run, or exercise.


The following are some of the most common Charcot foot and ankle symptoms:

Curled toes

Abnormal foot shape

Twisted or unsteady ankle

Irritated and swollen skin

How is Charcot foot & ankle diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects you have Charcot foot and ankle disease, he will thoroughly examine your feet and ankles and ask about your symptoms. If a visual examination is insufficient to determine a diagnosis, they will order a series of X-rays. X-rays are detailed photos of your feet’s joints and bones.

How is Charcot foot & ankle treated?

Charcot foot and ankle treatment often consists of a combination of rest, removing weight from the affected foot, casting, and medication. A cast or walking boot can help to reduce inflammation and avoid abnormalities, while supplements such as bisphosphonates can help to strengthen your bones.

If non-invasive methods fail to offer relief, surgical intervention may be required. Your provider meticulously realigns the bones in your foot during surgery.

Make an appointment now to learn more about Charcot Foot and Ankle treatment!

Dr. Ryan M. Sherick is a Fellowship-Trained Foot & Ankle Surgeon proudly providing Charcot deformity foot and ankle care + surgery to the following areas: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Calabasas, West Hills, Chatsworth, and the entire Conejo Valley,San Fernando Valley, Santa Rosa Valley, and greater Los Angeles area.