Foot or Partial Foot Loss
Complications from diabetes are the most common cause for amputations of the foot, partial foot, or toes.1 In other cases, some or all of the foot may be amputated as a result of an injury. No matter the cause, if you are about to undergo or have gone through amputation of some or all of your foot, you are not alone.
Surgery and Rehabilitation
Because amputations at this level are commonly planned in advance, you can often speak with your surgeon and your care team to understand your options as they relate to amputation level and future prosthetic treatment. Your surgeon will recommend a treatment plan based on projected healing, the impact on your balance and mobility, and considerations of prostheses and other supportive devices.
Once your limb has healed, you will begin rehabilitation, which may include fitting with a prosthesis to support balance and mobility. During the rehabilitation process, you will learn how to safely manage your limb, as well as how to use an assistive device or prosthesis to support your mobility and balance.
It may take time to learn to balance and walk with your devices. Be patient with yourself and reach out for support when you need it.
Your prosthetist will work with you, your medical team, and your rehabilitation team to design the right solution to support your goals. With our clinical expertise and the technology available today, a person who has experienced an amputation through some or all of their foot can live a very full life with little compromise.
1. Owings MF, Kozak LJ. Ambulatory and inpatient procedures in the United States, 1996. Vital Health Stat 13 1998;13(139):1-119.
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