Toe Amputations


Aim Of This Article

To provide you with information to assist you in making an informed choice, whether or not to undergo foot surgery.

Aims Of This Procedure

  • To remove part or all of a toe that is causing a problem.
  • Relief of pain in the toe or foot.
  • Relief of toe pressure on the other toes and footwear.
  • To shorten the toe where necessary.
  • To produce a cosmetically pleasing result

The Procedure

Partial Amputation:     The tip of the toe and the nail are removed.
Total Amputation:        The whole toe is removed.

.Approximate procedure time 15-30 minutes.

Approximate Recovery Times

Days 3-4
Flat foot walking only. Rest with your foot elevated.
Week 1-2 Flat foot walking only. Elevate your foot when possible. Sutures are removed around this time.
Week 3-4

Swelling should start to subside. Gradual return tonon-sporting activities (work) as felt comfortable. Return to driving in normal shoes when it is safe to.

Week 6-8 Continued improvement. Swelling and stiffness should be subsiding. Gentle return to sports.
Month 6 For most people the full benefit of surgery is by now.

Specific Risks Of This Operation

  • Problems with soft tissue or bone healing.
  • Transfer of pressures and pains to other areas.
  • Phantom Pain.

General Risks Of Surgery

  • Infection minor or major
  • Delayed healing of soft tissues or bone.
  • Swelling, short or long term.
  • Numbness, short or long term.
  • Scar problems, Pain Thickening Discolouration.
  • Chronic (long term) Pain Syndromes.
  • Anaesthetic and medication complications.
  • Damage to Circulation. Haematoma (Bleeding into the skin)
  • Blood clots, DVT and Thrombosis, Heart attack.
  • Failed procedure, Deterioration, Fatality from complications


We specialise in providing Regional Local Anaesthesia. We use injections to numb your foot, so you do not have to be put to sleep.

Going Home

You are able to go home the same day, but you must be driven home and have a responsible adult to stay with you.

Further Information

If you have any questions please ask the team Consultant or a member of the Podiatric Surgical Team during your consultation.

This leaflet should be read in conjunction with Patients Pre-Op Information Booklet available at the Practice