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What prostheses and other fitting options are available?

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What prostheses and other fitting options are available?
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What will my life be like with a prosthesis or orthopaedic footwear?

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What will my life be like with a prosthesis or orthopaedic footwear?
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What is a partial foot prosthesis?

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What is a partial foot prosthesis?
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How well will I be able to walk with a partial foot prosthesis?

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How well will I be able to walk with a partial foot prosthesis?
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Is a partial foot prosthesis suitable for me?

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Is a partial foot prosthesis suitable for me?
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How can I obtain a partial foot prosthesis?

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How can I obtain a partial foot prosthesis?
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How can I get reimbursement for my partial foot prosthesis?

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How can I get reimbursement for my partial foot prosthesis?
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What is a partial foot prosthesis made of?

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What is a partial foot prosthesis made of?
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How do I care for a partial foot prosthesis?

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How do I care for a partial foot prosthesis?
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Is a partial foot prosthesis suitable for me?

All in good time

In most cases, you'll find that a partial foot prosthesis made of high-quality silicone is suitable for you after a partial foot amputation – once your surgery wound is fully healed.

Partial foot or hindfoot?

A partial foot prosthesis can be fitted if the ankle joint is fully retained, i.e. if only individual toes, toes with metatarsal bonds ("rays") or bones from the arch of the foot had to be removed. If the ankle joint was (even partially) amputated, you'll need a hindfoot prosthesis with lower leg support.

When can a partial foot prosthesis be fitted?

The fitting and subsequent wearing of a partial foot prosthesis only makes sense once the following criteria are met:

• Your amputation wound is fully healed.

• Your ankle joint is capable of bearing weight.

• Your residual limb volume is stable and it's able to bear your weight.

With the partial foot amputations mentioned above, this is usually the case after only a few weeks. Then you'll be ready for a silicone prosthesis, which nowadays can be used with almost all partial foot amputations.

A prosthetic option has to be ruled out only if your residual limb is subject to pronounced swelling. This is because it cannot be optimally fitted and would exert pressure on the residual foot. Fortunately, this is a rare exception.