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Prosthetic Toes and Partial Feet
Will a toe or partial foot prosthesis help me?
The loss of even a single toe can significantly affect foot function and gait. A single toe or partial foot prosthesis fills in the missing anatomy and can help to maintain alignment of the remaining toes. Although the results are different for everyone, some of our patients who wear a toe or partial foot prosthesis have described improvement in gait and alleviation of knee and hip discomfort.
Does the prosthesis look natural? How long will it last?
Our toe and partial foot prostheses are completely custom-made and are meticulously sculpted and colored to match the surrounding anatomy, skin texture, and complexion. It is never perfect, but we work hard to fabricate thin, durable edges that blend naturally with the surrounding skin.
The prosthesis is made out of silicone, a flexible material with a natural feel. We carefully select silicones with properties that will work best for each patient to make a prosthesis that is softer or more rigid as needed. When room allows, toenails are made out of acrylic (hard plastic) and can be painted with polish if desired. Our prosthetic toes and partial feet are durable, but will not last forever. The lifespan of a toe or partial foot prosthesis ranges from about 1 to 3 years. If the prosthesis is worn daily, it will likely reach the end of its useful life more quickly (in about 12 to 18 months).
How does a toe or partial foot prosthesis attach?
When part of the toe remains, a single toe prosthesis typically attaches securely by overlapping the residual toe and relying on the resulting suction for retention.
If toe loss is complete, the prosthesis attaches by overlapping or sleeving part of the foot and/or by wrapping around adjacent toes. Our partial foot prostheses are not designed to be worn barefoot; wearing a shoe (including certain styles of sandals) helps to hold the prosthesis in place.
I see that your office is in Wisconsin. Do you see patients from out of town?
Our main office is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We regularly see patients from other states or even other countries who travel to our office for treatment. Our very detailed process usually requires about 4 – 5 appointments for completion of the prosthesis. When a patient comes from out of town, we condense those appointments into 3 to 4 days to complete the prosthesis within a week. An out of town patient will need to return to Milwaukee periodically for replacements, but some repairs and maintenance can be done long distance via mail.
Please feel free to call us with questions at (414) 543-1002 or to schedule a complimentary initial consultation for more information. More contact information for Medical Art Resources, Inc. can be found here.