Partial amputation of the fourth toe was the recommendation for the patient whose foot is featured in the video included in this post.
The end result for patients and the path to recovery is influential in these tough decisions. I avoid unnecessary amputation. However, there comes a time when recovery and the future are linked in a decision to proceed. When a heavy steel pipe dropped onto the patient’s foot, it cut through the shoe and severely damaged the fourth toe.
All toes are important, but the removal of a seriously damaged fourth toe won’t hinder mobility or balance after recovery. Pain relief and safe recovery for the patient by removing the injured part of the digit was the final consideration.
I’m glad to be able to tell you that the patient recovered without complications. That meets important criteria for the final result with my patients at Hoosier Foot and Ankle clinics.