Lengthen, Alignment, and Beam Technique for Midfoot Charcot Neuroarthropathy.Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2018 Oct; 35(4):497-507.CP
Charcot neuroarthropathy is a disabling pathology in the foot and ankle. Midfoot Charcot is most common and results in progressive deformity. We describe a 2-step approach to surgical reconstruction, referred to as the lengthen, alignment, and beam technique. There is an initial surgery involving acute equinus correction through Achilles tendon lengthening and gradual correction with hexapod external fixation to align the deformity, followed by minimally invasive medial and lateral column beaming. This surgical protocol allows for adequate reduction of deformity. The second stage allows for rigid intramedullary fixation extending beyond the pathologic joints via a minimally invasive technique.