Charcot foot is a serious condition that can affect people with diabetes. Symptoms may include swelling or redness of the foot and skin which is warm to the touch.
People with diabetes can develop neuropathy (a loss of sensation) in the feet, which can reduce the feeling of pain and can disguise a serious injury, such as a break or dislocation. A foot injury may therefore occur without the patient’s knowledge. Diabetes can also cause bones in the feet to become weaker and can limit blood supply, making injuries more likely to happen and harder to heal.
Charcot foot needs immediate treatment. If the injury is left untreated, the shape of the patient’s foot can change leading to severe deformity, foot ulcers, long-term disability and, in rare cases, foot amputation.
Due to the high risks involved, it is essential that the doctor of a patient with diabetes is alert to the possibility of Charcot foot. If you have diabetes, you should report any signs of foot damage to your doctor as soon as possible.
If diagnosed early, treatment may involve the foot being immobilised in a plaster cast or walking brace to try to prevent further changes to the shape of the foot. If there has been a large change in shape then surgery may be necessary.
If you are diabetic and have suffered problems with your feet and have concerns about the care and treatment you have received, please feel welcome to contact our Clinical Negligence team who will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.
Our Clinical Negligence team at Taylor&Emmet LLP are committed, friendly and professional Solicitors who can help in investigating cases where there has been negligent medical care. We have helped reach settlements in a number of cases for clients who have suffered life-altering mobility problems as a result of a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of Charcot foot.