Foot Amputation Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Foot Amputation complications.

Foot Amputation Risk Factors

Alternate Names for Foot Amputation:
Amputation, foot
Amputation, toe
Toe amputation

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 (depending on which toe has been removed)
  • Contracture deformity

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Infection
  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Heart problems or high blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Kidney failure
  • Obesity
  • Advanced age


Learn what Foot Amputation is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Foot Amputation
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Foot Amputation Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Foot Amputation Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Foot Amputation Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Foot Amputation
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

Latest Articles

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO