Partial foot silicone prosthesis

partial foot silicone prosthesis

  • Partial foot amputationscan be a result of disease (such as diabetes and other related vascular/circulatory conditions), trauma, infection, tumors (cancer) or congenital abnormalities of the front part of the foot.

    There are a few different levels of partial foot amputation as seen in the schematic image here below:

  • Foot Schematic
  • Lisfrank LevelPartial Foot amputation – traumatic injury – Lisfrank Level.
  • Transmetatarsal LevelBilateral Partial Foot amputation – diabetes – Transmetatarsal level.
  • Metatarsal Disarticulation LevelPartial Foot amputation – congenital birth defect – at approximately Metatarsal disarticulation level.

Irrespective of the reason for amputation, and the exact level of the amputation, the prosthetic principles and treatment with a silicone prosthesis remains basically the same.

Three examples of silicone partial foot prostheses:

  • Silicone Foot Prosthesis
  • Silicone Foot Prosthesis
  • Silicone Foot Prosthesis

Partial foot amputees generally regain good mobility and can often return to very active and relatively normal lifestyles.

The main advantage of the partial foot amputation is that the amputee can in many cases still be mobile without the use of a prosthesis for short periods or distances, for example, to go to the bathroom at night. As the heel bone is still intact, the amputee can stand and weight bear on the back of the remaining foot.

  • Partial FootThe patient can still stand (weight bear) and walk short distances with a partial foot amputation.
  • Partial Foot

Walking does not appear normal as the full lever length of the foot is not present, it is often also not very comfortable, but possible.
The partial foot prosthesis has four main functions:

  • To restore the full length lever arm of the amputated fore-foot.
  • To correct and support optimum alignment of the remaining foot.
  • To ensure comfortable weight bearing within the prosthesis by applying pressure in non sensitive areas and relief of pressure over sensitive areas, such as bony prominences.
  • To improve the cosmetic appearance of the foot.