Amputation of the Foot or Toe

Surgical removal of a toe, foot, or part of a foot

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Chalky white or blackish appearance of foot, other toes, or leg
    • Decreased sensation, numbness, or tingling in the rest of your foot, toes, or leg
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or that persist for more than one day after discharge from the hospital
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Surgical removal of a toe, foot, or part of a foot

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    Amputation is most often done to:

    • Treat infections

    • Remove dead or damaged tissue, such as
      gangrene
      or serious trauma may cause

    Gangrene of Foot
    gangrene on foot
    Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an amputation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Difficulty healing
    • Infection
    • Stump pain (severe pain in the remaining tissue)
    • Phantom limb pain
      (a painful sensation that the foot or toe is still there)
    • Continued spread of gangrene, requiring amputation of more areas of your foot, toes, or leg
    • Bleeding
    • Nerve damage
    • Limp or trouble walking (depending on which toe or how much of the foot has been removed)
    • Contracture
      deformity