Loyola orthopaedic surgeon saves diabetic patient's limb from Charcot foot syndrome
A growing number of diabetics are being diagnosed with a debilitating foot deformity called Charcot foot. Charcot foot often confines patients to wheelchairs for mobility, and in severe cases can require amputation. A surgery performed by orthopaedic surgeon Michael S. Pinzur, MD, enables patients such as Richard Hamiel, Jr. to walk normally again. The technique secures foot bones with an external frame made of stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum.