• To understand the factors that contribute to the development of Charcot’s foot in patients with diabetes mellitus
• To recognise the signs and symptoms of acute Charcot’s foot on presentation to an emergency department
• To improve your knowledge of the treatment options available for patients with Charcot’s foot
Charcot neuropathy osteoarthropathy, known as Charcot’s foot, is a condition of the foot most frequently related to diabetes mellitus. It is associated with a high mortality rate, especially among patients with diabetes, therefore prompt identification and management of the condition by nurses in emergency departments is important.
This article describes the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms and diagnosis of Charcot’s foot, and offers guidance for initial care in emergency settings. Emergency nurses in the UK have an important role in recognising patients with this condition to ensure they receive optimal treatment and follow-up.
Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2020.e2016Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
González JM, Ortega J, Nadeau C et al (2020) Charcot’s foot: a clinical update for emergency nurses. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2020.e2016
Accepted 26 November 2019
Published online: 07 April 2020
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