Partial Foot Amputations in the Combat Wounded


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. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 20(1):19–22, 2011)

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LTC Kevin L. Kirk, DO, Maj EvanM. Jones, MD, MAJ Benjamin Kyle Potter, MD,
Maj Patrick M. Osborn, MD, and COL James R. Ficke, MD