It has been estimated that about 2 out of every 1,000 people in the United States have experienced partial foot amputation. This can range from toe amputation to a much larger extent. Partial foot amputation is by far the most commonly performed amputation procedure, and diabetes is the most common underlying reason that this form of amputation becomes necessary.
If you have experienced or are anticipating experiencing partial foot amputation, you may be wondering about your options for orthotics or prosthetics that will help you reestablish and maintain your balance, your gait and your ability to walk. Partial foot prosthetics are generally custom-made because every amputation is different. Determining which partial foot prosthetic options are the best fit for you will depend on your unique circumstance and lifestyle – how much bone is left in your foot? The goal of these prosthetics is to help distribute the weight-bearing forces on your remaining foot bones in a way that is comfortable and that maximizes your ability to walk for longer periods without pain and discomfort.
Before designing your partial foot prosthetics, your specialists will need to know about your goals and lifestyle. Do you want to be able to walk on the beach or go for a hike? While you may not be able to do these things right away, it is good for them to know your end goals so they can help you reach them. There are many options available from a rigid footplate with arch support in a rocker bottom shoe sole to a custom-molded foot prosthetic and custom-molded shoes.