My ankle first started hurting on 8th February 2012, I have no idea what happened, I was sitting in a meeting room at work at the time and thought ‘#%?$ me, my ankle hurts’. Anyhow I continued on for that week struggling to walk on it, until I decided enough was enough, go and see a doctor.
I went to A&E was seen by a registrar, and he diagnosed it as cellulitis.
It was Friday afternoon, and he wanted to admit me to hospital there and then for IV antibiotics. I couldn’t go into hospital as my wife was away that weekend and I was looking after my 4 year old son.
I was sent away from A&E with a prescription for 2g Flucloxacillin QDS (4 times a day). I took the prescription to my regular pharmacist who almost fell off her chair, she had never seen a prescription for so much oral antibiotic. She phoned the hospital to check it wasn’t a mistake.
The drugs were dispensed and at one stage I was taking 54 tablets a day.
This was a combination of antibiotics, painkillers and my regular tablets. My stomach and bowels had been turned inside out at this stage.
I visited my podiatrist and she looked at my foot
and said ‘I think that is a Charcot foot, although it is very uncommon in people who are not diabetic’.
She arranged a test for diabetes which came back negative, and wrote a letter to my GP and my regular orthopaedic surgeon with her concerns.
Things moved on quite quickly then and after several appointments, X-
Big thanks went to my podiatrist.