Charcot restraint orthotic walker
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Authors: Mehta,J. A.;Brown,C.;Sargeant,N.
Publication: Foot & Ankle International
Start Page: 285
Five patients (three with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), one with noninsulin dependent diabetes mettlitus (NIDDM), and one with hereditary sensorimotor neuropathy (HSMN)) with stage 1 Charcot’s neuroarthropathy involving the midfoot and or subtalar and ankle joints were fitted with a Charcot restraint orthotic walker (CROW). The rationale for this orthotic management was to maintain a plantigrade foot for ambulation and to protect the joints and skin by the uniform transfer or distribution of weight over the foot until the time when the pathology reached the stage of coalescence. The patients were able to fully bear weight and to ambulate with the CROW. All patients noted varying measures of improvement in symptoms and function at an average 12-month follow-up. The CROW is a useful orthosis in the armamentarium for treating neuroarthropathy of the pedal joints.