Diabetes is a growing healthcare issue. Almost 3.7 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes and it’s estimated that, if nothing changes, this will rise to more than 5 million people by 2025.

Unfortunately diabetics are at increased risk of suffering disorders of the feet, including “Charcot foot”.

High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes are a common cause of nerve damage in the feet. Charcot foot is a condition causing weakening of the bones in the feet that can occur in people who have significant nerve damage.

The symptoms of Charcot foot include:

  • Swelling or redness in the affected area
  • Noticeable change in the shape of the foot
  • Warm to the touch
  • Pain or aching

The bones of the feet become weak enough to fracture, however patients continue to walk due to decreased sensation and ability to feel pain in the affected area. This worsens the injury causing further fractures and joint dislocation, resulting in a structural change of the foot. The hallmark of the disease is a flattening of the foot’s natural arch, which is described as “rocker bottom” foot.

Where the “rocker bottom deformity” occurs, the foot can then become vulnerable to developing an ulcer on the sole and this can lead to bone infection and even amputation.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Charcot Foot

Diagnosis and treatment of a Charcot foot is a medical emergency. Correct and timely diagnosis is extremely important so preventative measures can be taken at an early stage.

Specialist medical attention should be sought and the foot should be offloaded in order to prevent deterioration and, in time, allow the foot to heal itself.

Diabetics with nerve damage in the feet should be regularly screened for foot deformity and ulcers in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guideline. Sadly, this does not always happen and there is too often a delayed diagnosis of the Charcot process leading to significant damage, life changing injury to the feet and amputation.

Freeths has a wealth of expertise in Charcot and diabetic foot medical negligence. We understand the personal and financial issues associated with the serious debilitating consequences of delayed diagnosis and mismanagement.

If you have concerns that you or a family member have been affected by the negligent treatment, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of Charcot foot or diabetic foot, then we may be able to help.

Please contact Adrian Denton, Associate Solicitor, at adrian.denton@freeths.co.uk or 0845 166 6258 or speak to another member of our team:-

Siobhan Genever, Director on 0845 271 6793 or siobhan.genever@freeths.co.uk

Phil McGough, Clinical Negligence Executive on 0845 050 3290 or phillip.mcgough@freeths.co.uk

Jessica Jones, Solicitor on 0845 050 3276 or jessica.jones@freeths.co.uk

For further information please also visit our website at: https://www.freeths.co.uk/nottingham-clinical-negligence-solicitors/