Throughout the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, there have been more than 1100 combat-related major limb amputations, with approximately 80% involving the lower extremity. There is, however, a paucity of data regarding the number of amputations below the level of the ankle. Although not as common, partial foot amputations, in the appropriate setting, offer a way to improve function and decrease energy consumption when compared to proximal amputations. Sound surgical tenets are prerequisite for successful outcomes when performing a distal amputation. Maintaining a robust soft tissue envelope allowing for tension-free wound closure is paramount in determining the feasibility of a partial foot amputation. Careful consideration of tendon balancing is also of utmost importance in avoiding common complications of contracture and deformity. Partial foot amputations present a viable surgical option for successful outcomes and maximization of patient function in the combat injured when certain criteria are met.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of surgical orthopaedic advances|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2011|
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