Foot/Partial Foot/Toe Prosthesis
When part of the foot is missing or does not function properly, it can cause problems with walking and mobility. A foot or partial foot prosthesis can help to restore function and improve quality of life.
Learn how Alltech Prosthetics can help you choose the best foot or partial foot prosthesis for your needs.
What Is a Foot Prosthesis?
A foot prosthesis, also known as an artificial foot, is a device that is used to replace a part of the foot that is missing or does not function properly for knee stability.
A prosthetic anatomical foot is custom-made to fit the individual and attached to the residual limb with an adhesive or by being inserted into a shoe.
A prosthetic foot works by providing support and stability for the body weight, as well as absorbing shock when walking or running. When you undergo foot amputation surgery, the surgeon will remove the damaged or non-functioning foot and part of the leg and then replace it with a dynamic response foot.
What Is a Partial Foot Prosthesis?
A partial foot prosthesis is used when part of the foot is missing but the ankle joint is intact with functioning ankle angle sensors. It consists of a foot plate, foot socket, and ankle joint, and is attached to the residual limb in the same way as a foot prosthesis.
A partial foot prosthesis works in a similar way to a foot prosthesis, but it is less invasive as it does not require the removal of the entire human foot.
During a lower limb amputation, the surgeon will remove the damaged or non-functioning part of the human foot, and the partial prosthetic foot will be attached to the residual limb.
What Is a Toe Prosthesis?
A toe prosthesis is used to replace a missing toe. It is typically made of silicone and attached to the foot for dynamic response feet.
Just like any other prosthetic feet procedures, the toe prosthesis works by providing support and stability for the foot. It is less invasive than a foot or partial foot prosthesis, as it does not require the removal of the entire foot or part of the foot.
What Are the Benefits of Foot/Partial Foot/Toe Prosthesis?
Whether it is a foot, partial foot, or toe prosthesis, there are many benefits that can be gained from using one. These benefits include:
1. Improved Mobility
Most prosthetic feet can improve your mobility by providing support and stability when walking or running even on uneven terrain. A toe prosthesis can also help to improve your mobility by providing support for the axis foot.
2. Reduced Pain
Just like a leg prosthesis, a foot and partial foot prosthesis can also help to reduce pain in the foot or ankle joint by taking pressure off of the area. A toe prosthesis can also help to reduce pain in the foot by taking pressure off of the toe joint so you won’t feel any pain even when walking speed or when encountering ground reaction forces.
3. Improved Quality of Life
It is generally prevalent how prosthetic feet can improve your quality of life by increasing your mobility and reducing your pain. Just like a leg prosthesis, this procedure can help you regain your independence and allow you to live a more active lifestyle.
4 Types of Prosthetic Feet
There are many different types of prosthetic feet available on the market today. Some of the most popular types include:
1. Dynamic Response Foot
Dynamic response feet are the most common type of foot prosthesis. It is made to provide support and stability for your body weight. The prosthetic limbs involved serve as absorb shock when walking or running.
2. Energy Storing Foot
The energy storing foot is a type of prosthetic foot that serves as energy storage when you walk and then releases it when you need it the most for more powered feet. This type of foot is ideal for people who are looking to increase their speed or distance when walking or running.
3. Multi-Axial Foot
The multi-axial foot is a type of prosthetic foot that is designed to provide support and stability in all directions just like a natural foot. This type of foot is ideal for people who are looking to increase their ankle motor and reduce their pain.
4. Solid Ankle Cushioned Heel or SACH Foot
The SACH foot refers to a foot prosthesis that has a heel counter to increase foot stability. A solid ankle cushion heel is a very popular type of foot prosthesis as it is simple, durable, and low-maintenance.
How to Choose the Right Foot/Partial Foot/Toe Prosthesis?
Now that you know the types of foot prostheses available and the benefits that can be gained from using one, you may be wondering how to choose the right prosthetic foot for you. There are many factors to consider when choosing one, such as:
1. The Type of Lower Limb Amputation
The type of amputation will determine the type of prosthetic foot that you need. If you have had a below-knee amputation, you will need a foot prosthesis. If you have had an above-knee amputation, you may be able to use a partial foot prosthesis. If you have had a toe amputation, you will need a toe prosthesis.
2. The Cause of Amputation
The cause of amputation will also play a role in choosing the right prosthetic foot. If your amputation is due to diabetes, you will need to consider how prosthetic feet will impact your overall health. If your amputation is due to an injury, you will need to consider how a prosthetic foot will impact your ability to return to your previous level of activity.
3. Your Lifestyle
Your lifestyle is also an important factor to consider when choosing a prosthetic foot or toe. If you live an active lifestyle and love sports or other hobbies, you’ll need a prosthetic foot that can keep up with you. You may be able to wear a less durable prosthetic foot if you are less active.
4. Your Budget
Your budget is also an important factor to consider when choosing a foot prosthesis. A prosthetic foot can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. You will need to consider how much you are able to spend on a foot prosthesis.
Why Choose Alltech Prosthetics for Prosthetic Feet?
When it comes to foot prostheses, you want to choose a company that you can trust, and Alltech Prosthetics is that company. We are dedicated to providing the best possible foot prosthesis for our patients.
Some of the reasons to choose Alltech Prosthetics for foot prosthesis include:
- We offer a variety of foot prostheses to meet your needs.
- We have a team of experienced and certified professionals who are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients.
- We have a certification through the American Board Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics
If you are considering prosthetic feet, we encourage you to visit our website and schedule a consultation. We will work with you to find the best foot prosthesis for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get used to a foot prosthesis?
It generally takes around six to eight weeks to get used to a foot prosthesis. However, this may vary depending on the individual.
How often do I need to replace my prosthetic foot?
Foot prosthesis typically needs to be replaced every five to seven years. However, this may vary depending on the individual and the type of prosthetic feet you already have.
How much does a foot prosthesis cost?
The cost of prosthetic feet can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the type of foot prosthesis, the materials used, and the level of customization.
Is foot prosthesis covered by insurance?
Foot prosthesis is typically covered by insurance. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider to see if a foot prosthesis after lower limb amputation is covered under your policy.
Foot Prosthesis by Alltech Prosthetics
Alltech Prosthetic offers a wide variety of foot prostheses to meet your needs. With our team of experienced and certified professionals, we can help you find the best foot prosthesis for your lifestyle.
If you are considering a foot prosthesis, we encourage you to contact us today and schedule a consultation!