Ray Amputation



Ray AmputationBoarder ray amputations do not significantly interfere with ambulation.  In fact, amputation of the lateral two or even three rays often provides a functional weight-bearing foot.  Amputation of the medial two and even three rays in special circumstances may provide a weight-bearing, sensitive, reasonably functional foot (See below). 


Ray AmputationRay AmputationThe images to the left show a proximal transmetatarsal amputation through digits 4 and 5.

Ray AmputationOccasionally because of infection with or without ischemia, particularly in the diabetic foot and occasionally following trauma, removal of one or more of the central rays, either partially or completely is indicated.  

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