Partial Foot Amputation
Amputation is the complete or partial surgical removal of limbs. The reason for an amputation is damage or an incurable injury. With partial foot amputations, the anatomical structures of the foot are amputated depending on the location of the damage. The ankle joint remains intact. An amputation always aims to remove the injured area completely while preserving as long a stump as possible. Every year, more than 50,000 people in Germany undergo a partial foot amputation. The causes of amputation are mainly arterial occlusive disease and diabetic foot syndrome (combined approx. 87%). Traumas as well as tumours and infections share second place by a wide margin (4% each).
To enable the patient to stand and walk as normally as possible again after a partial foot amputation, a prosthesis is used to replace the lost part of the foot. There is a wide range of sub-ankle or above-ankle options, which are produced depending on the level of the amputation and which have advantages but also disadvantages.