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

A return to everyday life for a prosthetic wearer

Movement and normality

It's not possible to predict how soon after the partial foot amputation you'll be able to wear a prosthesis, because the time it takes for the residual limb to heal varies from one person to the next.

In any case, people who previously wore custom footwear are those who champion partial foot prostheses. Many of them say that, for the first time since their partial foot amputation, they feel like they are able to walk normally again.

The first steps

Since the prosthesis may appear foreign to you at first, it's important you get accustomed to it and to learn how to walk with its help. Just 30 minutes a day at first, to avoid damaging the scar and to prevent pressure sores, but you will soon be able to extend the training times. Your physiotherapist and occupational therapist will help you.

Once you've become accustomed to the prosthesis, you can lead a virtually normal life. You'll be able to wear conventional shoes and, thanks to the flexible silicone, your foot rollover is normal so that you can walk without attracting attention. Even when walking barefoot, other people will not notice immediately that you're wearing a prosthesis.

Thanks to your prosthesis you'll gain greater freedom of movement and walk longer distances, even over slippery or rough ground. Your ability to walk is reflected in the fact that your calf muscles will expand significantly after a few weeks.

Most importantly, you'll find the prosthesis is very comfortable since it is made to measure. This is partly due to the material used: silicone. See "What is a partial foot prosthesis made of?". The prosthesis is easy to put on and take off, there are no annoying closures and no skin irritation. In fact, it will quickly become a part of your everyday life.

But not even a prosthesis can do everything. For example, it's not designed for competitive sports. However, in most cases you can return to driving a car or riding a motorbike or bicycle.