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  • January 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 1
    Leaving an isolated digit predisposes the foot to other ulcerations due to the biomechanically unstable deformity.
    By Kathleen Satterfield, DPM
    14,977 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       One should not view an amputation as a failure but as an opportunity to give a patient a chance to improve his or her quality of life.1-3 If the amputation is a definitive procedure, it may allow the patient freedom from the continuing wound care that chronic ulcerations tend to require. While the amputation is often thought of as a simple procedure, one should only perform this procedure after careful consideration of factors that will lead to a successful long-term outcome for each patient.    Selecting an inappropriate level of amputation can d... continue reading