The NDSS is
1800 637 700
Charcot foot, also called neuropathic arthropathy or neuropathic osteoarthropathy, is a condition that affects the feet and ankle bones, joints and soft tissues. It makes them weaker and more prone to breaking or dislocating. If untreated, the foot collapses and becomes deformed, which can cause ulcers or other wounds.
Charcot foot is a condition that affects people with Peripheral Neuropathy. Because Peripheral Neuropathy affects the nerves of the feet, and causes a loss of sensation, people may not feel the damage until it is advanced, resulting in infections and amputation.
Making time for daily foot checks, building good habits and regular healthcare appointments can help you prevent Charcot Foot.
A foot ulcer is a sore or open wound that won’t heal or keeps returning. They happen when the outer layer of your skin is damaged and the deeper tissue becomes exposed. Some people with diabetes can develop Peripheral Neuropathy – a complication that causes you to lose feeling in your feet and legs. This can mean you don’t notice scapes, cuts or punctures in your feet and toes, which can lead to an ulcer forming.
Foot ulcers need to be treated straight away to avoid infection. If they aren’t treated, ulcers can lead to infections. Sometimes the only way to treat these infections is through amputation of the toe, foot or leg. This is why daily foot care, regular GP check ups, and building good habits are so important to protect your feet.
In the early stages:
In the later stages:
If your GP is not available, and there is no sign of your foot healing within 24 hours, go to your local emergency department.
Loss Of Protective Sensation happens when there has been nerve damage to an area. If you have diabetes, this damage may be caused by persistently high blood glucose levels, which can damage nerves and your ability to feel things properly.
People who develop loss of protective sensation lose feeling in their feet, which means that you won’t feel cuts, wounds or burns. Small injuries like these can develop into an ulcer, which can need amputation of your toe, foot or leg if it is not picked up quickly.
These changes are very gradual, so lots of people don’t notice them at first. This is why it’s important to schedule regular foot check ups with your GP, at least once or twice per year.
Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, is poor circulation due to a buildup of plaque (fats and cholesterol blockages) in your arteries. This makes it harder for your blood to carry oxygen and nutrients around your body. If this happens in your legs, this can cause pain, cramps and complications like ulcers and infection.
Making time for daily foot checks, building good habits and regular healthcare appointments can help you manage PAD and catch symptoms early.
Peripheral Neuropathy, sometimes just called Neuropathy, is damage to the nerves in your body. For people with diabetes, this commonly starts in your hands or feet (the peripheries of your body) but can progress to other areas too. It is different to Peripheral Arterial Disease, because it affect the nerves rather than the blood vessels.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause nerve pain and a loss of feeling (also called Loss of Protective Sensation). This means you can’t feel injuries to your feet, which can result in ulcers. If these aren’t caught quickly, sometimes the only treatment is amputation of your toe, foot or leg. This is why daily foot care, regular GP check ups, and building good habits are so important to protect your feet.
Foot health check takes approx 2 mins