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Charcot Foot Medical Negligence

Charcot Foot Medical Negligence

The long-term impact if charcot foot remains untreated can be completely life-changing. The person affected can develop fractures in the bones of their feet and, as a result, suffer deformity and permanent disability. They may even need to have toes or a foot amputated.

What is Charcot Foot?

Charcot foot can develop when a person suffers reduced sensation in their feet. The failure of the nerves to recognise and inform the person of the sensations in the foot can allow problems to develop and misuse of the foot to occur. An individual can suffer damage to the foot of which they are not aware and continued use can increase the degree and permanence of the problem.

It is especially likely to occur in people who have a diagnosis of diabetes and who may already suffer with reduced nerve function in the feet.

Damage to the foot and reduced mobility are likely to have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life. It may restrict their capacity to work and to drive. It may also make it difficult to function on a day-to-day basis without specific adaptations to the home and additional support.

Spotting charcot foot

If diagnosed at an early stage it is sometimes possible to manage the use of the foot to avoid the development of serious problems. If the problems with the foot remain undiagnosed, however, the severity of the problem can increase.

Diagnosis of charcot foot is needed at an early stage and delayed diagnosis is associated with a poorer long-term outcome.

A failure to consider the implications of the patient's symptoms resulting in long-term deformity and disability may justify a claim for compensation.

The symptoms which might suggest that an individual is developing charcot foot could include a pain or ache within the foot along with redness and swelling and possible signs of deformity.

In a diabetic patient, these symptoms should alert a medical professional to a possible diagnosis of charcot foot and the need for prompt care to prevent further deterioration.

Medical negligence

If you or a loved one are struggling with the long-term impact of charcot foot because medical professionals failed to recognise the significance of your symptoms, contact Glynns to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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