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Why is Charcot's joints sometimes mistaken for osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Charcot's joints can be mistaken for osteoarthritis because damaged nerves can cause pain that resembles the pain of arthritis. But the nerve damage in Charcot's joints can also limit sensation, so injuries might not be as apparent. As with osteoarthritis, Charcot's joints can progressively lead to destruction of the joint.

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