What is Charcot foot?
Charcot foot is a disease process that affects patients with nerve damage. Most commonly we see this pathology in the diabetic patients, however, non-diabetic patients can be affected as well. If affects the foot and ankle and will present with redness, swelling and a progressive deformity of the foot or ankle. It causes a softening of the bones with subsequent collapse and deformation, ultimately leading to complications, such as bone infection and amputation. It can be caused by an acute traumatic event, such as a fall, or can occur with repetitive microtrauma, such as walking. For a comprehensive description of Charcot foot, please click here for information provided by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).
This is a specialized center that offers our patients excellence in care utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. We have partnered with our Temple colleagues to develop an array of services that range from Podiatry, Vascular, Limb Salvage, Endocrinology, Nutrition, and Psychiatry. We offer a fully functional clinic specializing in wound care, total contact casting, treatment of complicated soft tissue and bone infections, and finally surgical reconstruction for the recalcitrant and unstable lower extremity. Lastly, we offer all of our patients’ comprehensive education services on Nutrition, Diet and Exercise, Evaluation of the Diabetic Foot, Vascular Disease, Treatment and Prevention of Ulcerations, Endocrinology, Depression and Diabetes, and Prevention and Treatment of Infections.
Temple Podiatrists Dr. Andrew Meyr, Dr. Kwasi Kwaadu, and Dr. Jennifer Van, have collaborated with Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Eric T. Choi, Director of Limb Salvage at Temple Hospital, Dr. Peter Axelrod, Infectious Disease, Dr. Elias S. Siraj, Endocrinology, and Dr. Roy Steinhouse, Psychiatry. Studies support that a multidisciplinary approach reduces diabetic complications and decreases the incidence of hospital re-admissions. This collaboration will be used to help decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with diabetes, as well as decreasing the incidence of misdiagnoses or delay in diagnosis through physician education.
Temple Charcot Center Staff
Eric T. Choi, MD, FACS, Vascular Department
- Dr. Choi is currently Associate Professor and Chief (Tenure-track) of the division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. After receiving his undergraduate/graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from John Hopkins and his Medical Doctorate from the University of Chicago, Dr. Choi went on to do his general surgery internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. In earlier years, some of Dr. Choi’s achievements included; Young Investigator Award (International Conference in Angiology-1992), Resident Research Prize (International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery-1993), and Eugene M. Bricker Teaching Award (Barnes-Jewish Hospital-1999). Other achievements of Dr. Choi include his publication in 36 different peer reviews and writings in 10 books, monographs, and chapters. Presently, Dr. Choi is an attending surgeon at Temple University Hospital, Jeanes Hospital, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Other jobs that Dr. Choi is presently involved in include; director of Temple Limb Salvage Center and ACS NSQIP Surgeon-Champion, both at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Choi also is a part of multiple committees including Education Strategic Planning Committee and Tenure and Promotion Committee, both which are within the Temple University School of Medicine.
Elias S. Siraj, MD, FACP, FACE: Endocrinology Department, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Diabetes Program; Program Director, Endocrinology Fellowship; Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital
- Dr. Siraj is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is also Director of Diabetes Program as well as Director for the Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program. Before he moved to Temple, he was on Faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Endocrinology for 5 years. After receiving his medical degree from Gondar Medical College of the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Dr. Siraj received residency and research training at the University of Leipzig, in Germany. He completed his internship, residency as well as specialty fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Siraj is board-certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism as well as in internal medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Physicians. Currently he is Board Member of the ABIM Endocrinology subsection as well as Immediate Past President of Philadelphia Endocrine Society. A frequent national lecturer at professional meetings, he has published multiple articles, abstracts and book chapters on the diagnosis and management of diabetes and endocrine problems. Dr. Siraj is involved in research and trials involving diabetes, complications of diabetes, prevention of type 1 diabetes and post-transplant diabetes as well other areas of endocrinology. He has been an investigator in several multi center diabetes trials including ACCORD study. Over the last 6 years, Dr. Siraj has been involved in Global Medicine activities and has been traveling to Ethiopia every year as a Visiting Professor, teaching residents, fellows and medical students. In collaboration with others, he was instrumental in successfully establishing the first Endocrine Fellowship training program in Ethiopia. In addition, Dr Siraj is currently Vice President for Medical Education of P2P, a US based NGO established by Ethiopian Physicians to support Ethiopian Healthcare and Medical Education.
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