Medical Art Resources

Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

State of the Art (Blog)

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.

Partial toe loss causing misalignment.

Middle toe prosthesis helps with toe alignment.

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.

Traumatic amputation of the great toe, proximal.

A prosthetic toe can improve foot function.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

39 Comments

  • Molly Pflederer says:

    Hello, I had the idea the other day that if people who lose their arms and legs can have a prosthetic done, then so can someone with their toes. I have Brachymetatarsia, a shorter than normal 4th toe on each foot. I have dealt with the embarrassment my entire life. In viewing your website I actually feel hopeful. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Molly

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Feel free to give us a call and speak with Megan or Julie for more information. If you would like to send photos of your feet–one view from above and one of the sole of your feet we will be able to address your specific situation. Prosthetic toes can be a non-surgical reconstructive approach.

    • Mary says:

      I would love to know if you did get the prosthesis for your Brachy toes? I also have this condition & would love to know your results.

      • Megan Thomas says:

        Hi Mary,
        We are very happy to answer questions or chat about how a toe prosthesis/prostheses might work for you. Please feel free to email or call if you’d like. Thank you for reading!

    • Carol Reilly says:

      What is the price range for the silicone toes?

      • Megan Thomas says:

        Thanks for your question. I apologize for our delayed response. In order to provide pricing for prosthetic toes, we would need to see photos of your feet so that we can determine the design and extent of the prosthesis.

  • Yvette Goode says:

    Hello, I also have Brachymetatarsia, but just the 4th toe on my left foot. I’ve contacted a prosthesis center near me in the past, but they were unable to help me. I’m tired of hiding behind closed toed shoes. Most of my web searches have suggested corrective surgery, but I’d much rather have a prosthetic. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks. -Yvette

    • Megan Thomas says:

      In may be necessary to wrap adjacent toes with silicone to secure the toe prosthesis. Every situation is unique. Reviewing photographs of your feet from above as well as a view of the sole of the feet is helpful in determining whether or not a prosthesis is possible in your specific case. Feel free to send us photos and let us know how to contact you.

      • Mohamed says:

        I have just found your site and I love it. My son is 4 and is also a left arm below elbow amputee. We are in Canada and are bslseed with the War Amps Champs program. The War Amps provide funding for prosthetic limbs for children. Also, each year they have conferences across Canada (in each province) for Child Amputees and their parents to get together. The greatest thing I learned from these conferences is that a prosthetic limbs are not just for cosmetics. We don’t have to hide our sons arm from the world. However, prosthetics have a whole lot more to offer than cosmetics. I find that one aspect of prosthetics that are missing from these kinds of discussions is the adaption limbs. If our son want’s to play guitar he can get a limb that will hold a pick, or a bow for a violin, or a hockey stick, or a ski pole, or a jump rope. I am sure there are many out there who have figured it out without a limb but I am also sure there are some people who have gone without an activity because they didn’t have an adaptive device. My son’s favorite arm right now is a passive hook. He does not wear his arm every day but there are times where it helps and makes a difference. Having options is the best way to live. Thanks for the discussion.

    • Gurudas says:

      I live in India and my husband and I have elreopxd all options for my son, who was born with symbrachydactyly of the left hand 5 months ago, available in our country. That includes toe to thumb transfer or prosthesis. We are pretty sure we do not want our baby to undergo surgery, thanks to people like you who show us that nothing’s impossible for him to do, only perhaps difficult or different. However, we haven’t closed the option of a prosthesis yet. In fact, my husband is traveling to London later this month to meet surgeons and prosthetic consultants to be sure of what options are available to our son. I will give my child a prosthesis, and then leave it up to him to decide what he feels about usin one. The I-limb by Touch Bionics looks like a great device that may be useful to him when he grows up. I hope to be able to provide tha to him if he chooses to opt for it. I’m also pretty confident that by the time he grows up, inventors would have come up with more viable and functional prosthesis for people with limb differences

      • Julie Brown says:

        You and your husband sound like you will make good decisions for your son until he is old enough to make decisions for himself. I expect your son will be able to adapt functionally and will be able to do most everything. I have met many inspirational patients with a congenital hand difference who not only function normally, but play musical instruments and other specialized tasks that one would not think possible.

        You want to be careful if he is fitted for a prosthesis that it does not inhibit normal growth of his hand or prevent functional adaptation. Glove style prosthetics can “get in the way” of adaptation. However, it is not an irreversible thing to try and see if it assists him with oppositional function when he is older.

        I am confident you are correct that surgical and prosthetic options will expand in the future. It is hard to predict what will be possible when your son is a teen or young adult–but it will be far more advanced than what we can offer today.

  • Mercedes says:

    Hi, can these prosthesis be used on the beach? Is it possible to wet them?

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Hi Mercedes,

      While it will not harm the prosthesis to get it wet or sandy, some of our partial foot and toe prostheses are not meant to be worn barefoot. In some cases, a shoe or sandal helps to hold the prosthesis in place. For this reason, it might be necessary to wear sandals or other shoes on the beach with the prosthesis. Depending on the type of prosthesis and how it attaches, it’s also possible that the prosthesis could loosen if worn in the ocean or lake and be lost. Hope that helps. Please let us know if you have more questions.

  • Paula brown says:

    Is there a prostetic for someone who has had a partial amputation on the foot. No toes right now they have the full leg and was told they could not just do the foot. There is nothing wrong with the leg.

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Yes, it is possible to create a prosthesis for a partial foot amputation. Sometimes patients fall through the cracks when physician’s are not aware that the service is available. If you would like to send us photos of your feet we can discuss the specifics of your case. You can upload photos on our website. Feel free to call for more information.

  • Was very, very, interesting in see someone concerning about my right toe tip had surgery in february call you and spoke with mrs julie on this matter was scard at first but been getting about the problem so now im ready to take the first step and that metting your crew with love for all help and concern ya have to offer me… Thanks God Bless ya’ll team work

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Thank you for getting back in touch. We will give you a call as soon as we can to chat further about our process and the next steps. Talk soon!

  • Darlene Brinkley says:

    I’ve had 19+ surgeries due to a tumor continuously coming back on the bottom of my foot. Due to the number of surgeries and stretching of the skin my little toe ended under my foot. After a period of time that too became a problem, my final surgery was “take the toe” now I find it a problem putting on certain shoes even having to take a pencil to move my toes over, can you help!! Thank you

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Sorry to hear that you have gone through so much. We would need a bit more information to be able to determine if we might be able to make a prosthesis of some type that could help keep your toes in alignment. It would be helpful for us to see photos of your feet. Please feel free to give us a call at (414) 543-1002 or send photos to mthomas@medicalartresources.com and we’ll try to give you some answers. Thank you!

  • anantharajan says:

    Sir
    I live in India. My daughter has missing toes . Is it possible to have toes as all.

    • Megan Thomas says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your daughter. We are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the US and would need to see your daughter in-person to be able to make prosthetic toes for her. We’d be happy to talk more on the phone or via email (mthomas@medicalartresources.com), as we might be able to help you find care closer to you.

  • Tammy Bain says:

    Hi, I’m 46 female with big toe, partial foot, partial leg amputation from a lawnmower accident when I was 1 1/2 years old. I have arthritis in my lumbar spine and hip from leg length difference. Im interested in a partial foot and toe prosthetic to help me stand level to prevent more damage. Can you help direct me to a facility near Tullahoma TN 37388. I have not had any luck finding a prosthetic to help me be level and I’m now considering below knee amputation from the arthrarthritis pain to keep from getting worse. Im 122 lbs and healthy.

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve just emailed you with some more information. Hope that will be helpful. Thank you!

  • Carolyn Marjenhoff says:

    What insurance do you takes?

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Thanks for your question. We accept many types of insurance, however we are not always an in-network provider. If you have questions about insurance coverage, please call our office at (414) 543-1002. Thank you.

      • Winnie says:

        I have no toes can u halp me

        • Megan Thomas says:

          Hi Winnie,

          We do make toe prosthetics for patients who are missing multiple toes. For a more extensive partial foot prosthesis (if part of the foot is missing in addition to the toes), we may be able to make a device that will work for you, or help you find a provider who would be able to help. We are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and would need to see you in our office to be able to make the prosthesis. Please call our office at (414) 543-1002 and we would be happy to help you move forward. Thank you for your message.

  • Monica Byrne says:

    Do you have clinics in Ontario Canada

  • Claudia Progelhof says:

    My daughter has an ankle but no foot. Her current prostethic is all the way up to the knew, in part to make sure her legs grow evenly and her back stays aligned. I am thinking that a prosthetic that takes advantage of her ankle and somehow wraps on over the ankle would give her more flexibility when it comes to shoes and later heels. I have seen lots with carbon titanium, but it always show it where someone has no ankle.

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Hi Claudia,
      If you are interested in a prosthesis with a different design for your daughter, we would be glad to help by discussing whether we might be able to make a device that would work for her, or by directing you to another provider. Our prostheses are made primarily out of silicone. Thanks for your message. Please feel free to call (414) 543-1002 if you’d like to discuss further.

  • How can I get more info, like, pricing and how to get pictures to you and is their a long waiting time for appointments. Thank you for your time.

    • Megan Thomas says:

      Hi there, thanks for your comment. We’re happy to provide information about pricing once we receive photos. Please email photos to mthomas@medicalartresources.com. We are also available to chat on the phone to provide information about our process and the benefits and limitations of prosthetic restoration. We are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and would need to see the patient in-person for a week-long period to be able to complete the process of making the prosthesis. We often work with patients who travel to our office from other states. We are currently scheduling out a few months for patients coming from out of town.

  • patricia says:

    What about a less than a half of food.

    • Megan Thomas says:

      It likely depends on the situation. We like to see photos of the patient’s feet to help us determine whether we’ll be able to make a prosthesis that will work well and be safe. If you’d like to send photos, you could email them to mthomas@medicalartresources.com. It’s helpful for us to see a bird’s eye view of the feet side-by-side (taken from above). You’re also welcome to call if you’d like to discuss the specific situation. Our number is (414) 543-1002. Thank you!

  • Bianca says:

    Your work is absolutely amazing.I have deformed toes and would like to know if there is anyway you could help me.

    Bianca from South Africa

  • Ava says:

    Hi,
    I’m so happy to read about the work that you do.
    I do not wear sandals or flip flops because of an accident that I suffered as a child. I only attempt to do so if I’m with immediate family who knows about my accident and even then it’s a struggle because I have to be careful in public or taking pics etc. I would love to be able to wear those someday.

    The top part of my second toe of the right foot was bitten off by piranha when I was a child. A tiny piece of the big toe was also taken off but I can live with that. I only want to work on the second toe.

    I would really like to know if there’s hope for me and if so do you have any idea whatsoever on what the cost would be based upon similar work done?

    Thank you.

Leave a Comment