Charcot’s foot: a clinical update for emergency nurses

Juan Manuel González, Johis Ortega, Catherine Nadeau, Lila de Tantillo, Stephen McGhee

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency Nurse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 13 2020


  • Clinical
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Emergency care
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Urgent care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency


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