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Home Health Library Topics Neuropathic arthropathy


Breaking down of a joint from nerve damage caused by diabetes.


With neuropathic arthropathy, nerve damage from diabetes causes a joint to break down. This is also called Charcot joint. It usually affects the feet.


Symptoms include numbness, tingling and swelling of the joints affected by neuropathic arthropathy. The joints can change in form and shape. They may become unstable.


Finding and treating neuropathic arthropathy early can limit joint damage. Treatments include wearing shoe inserts, called orthotics. Limiting weight-bearing activities also can help.

Last Updated: April 8th, 2023