Dealing with Charcot foot
I was in and out of hospital in the following years, but it was in 2009 that I first started to notice problems with my feet. I had travelled to Australia for my niece’s wedding, and I was walking about in the heat in just my sandals. I began to develop blisters, and so when I came back home I went to get them checked out. It was only on my third visit that a different doctor said they were ulcers and sent me to the podiatrists.
The podiatrist tested the sensitivity in my feet using a blunt pin. I couldn’t feel much, and in 2010 I was diagnosed with Charcot foot in both feet.
I wore protective boots to support my feet, but my left foot had started to change shape and I needed surgery. So, in 2011 I had my first operation. Since then I think I’ve had about six or seven more.
It always felt like if it wasn’t one foot, it was the other. In 2015 I developed another ulcer, and in 2017 I was told that the metal work in my right foot had come out of place. They said they couldn’t operate on the foot anymore, and so last year my doctor recommended a below the knee amputation.
I really didn’t want an amputation and so I decided to get a second opinion. The doctor at Kings College Hospital in London took a look at my feet and said we could try two more operations.
I had the first one in September, and the second at the beginning of November. I was quite nervous beforehand. The doctor said afterwards that it was the most complex operation he’d ever done. I was supposed to go home in between them to recover, but because it was such a complicated operation the doctor wanted to keep me in hospital to check on me.