Mid-term results of hindfoot arthrodesis with a retrograde intra-medullary nail in 24 patients with diabetic Charcot neuroarthropathy

Ersin M., Demirel M. C., Chodza M., Bilgili F., Kilicoglu O. I.

ACTA ORTHOPAEDICA, vol.91, no.3, pp.336-340, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 91 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/17453674.2020.1746605
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, SportDiscus, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.336-340
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Background and purpose - Hindfoot arthrodesis using retrograde intramedullary nailing assumes a critical role in limb salvage for patients with diabetic Charcot neuro-arthropathy (CN). However, this procedure is compelling and fraught with complications in diabetic patients. We report the mid-term clinical and radiological outcomes of retrograde intramedullary nailing for severe foot and ankle deformity in patients with diabetic CN. Patients and methods - Hindfoot arthrodesis was performed using a retrograde intramedullary nail in 24 patients (15 females) with diabetic Charcot foot. The mean age of the patients was 62 years (33-82); the mean follow-up was 45 months (24-70). The primary outcomes were rates of fusion, limb salvage, and complications. Results - The overall fusion rate was 23/24, and none of the patients needed amputation. The rate of superficial wound infection was 4/24, and no deep infection or osteomyelitis was observed postoperatively. Interpretation - For selected cases of diabetic CN with severe foot and ankle deformity, hindfoot arthrodesis using a retrograde intramedullary nail seems to be a good technique in achieving fusion, limb salvage, and avoidance of complications.