Type II Partial foot amputation

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-10-20 19:17:37 -0500
Started 2013-10-11 23:28:51 -0500

A month 1/2 ago I had blister on left great toe, it became infected and went to bone. Dr. amputated toe. The wound became infected so they decided to preform a partial foot amputation. I have good circulation but no pain after surgery. A week later Dr. put a hard cast on foot. He ordered no walking or pressure on foot. At 1 week post op visit the wound looked good. I go back in 2 weeks for another cast refitting. My questions.. 1. Do these kinds of amputations usually heal without complications? n 2. Long term what am I looking at? 3. Am I higher risk for further amputations after this type of surgery? 4. What about wearing down the skin or skin tearing? I would love to hear personal story of people who has had partial foot amputation and their recovery experience.
Thank you.
P.S I* am 48 and am controlled Type II diabetic (insulin)

2 replies

Lakeland 2013-10-20 19:17:37 -0500 Report

my mom had a center toe amputated, her toe looked like a rotten grape, it was amputated a year or more ago & she's doing great. Best wishes to you

Young1s 2013-10-12 23:25:35 -0500 Report

First of all, so sorry you had to go through this. But thank you for asking the question because it reminds us all of the real complications that can happen whether or not we are diligent in our fight of this disease.

I don't have any experience with this but my mother's twin brother does (she's type1, he's type2, go figure). He was a big rig driver for years and despite repeated advise from his doctor, he ignored the need to take better care of himself. Eventually he had to have a few toes amputated. With that, he lost his job. Unfortunately, my uncle is as stubborn as an oxe, so instead of taking this opportunity to make a change, he rebelled. Then he had to have a partial foot amputation as well to stop the spread of infection.

While I haven't spoken to him in quite a bit, I do know that it's been a few years now and that is as far as it has gotten. My mom tells me he is still bitter about the whole thing but he is trying to do better now. His mobility consists of crutches and being ridden around by family and friends, which doesn't sit well with a person who was self-sufficient for almost all his life. Not sure about skin tearing but know that it took a bit for his wound to heal. I am almost possitive that the skin has stayed healed, otherwise my mom would have told me if it didn't.

So, my hope is that if you follow your doctor's advice, you will mend well and will have no other further complications. Take of you.

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