Partial Foot Amputation
In general, the extensiveness of the prosthetic intervention is proportional to the extent of limb loss. For patients missing a single digit or even all toes, there are custom molded insoles with toe fillers that can accommodate and redistribute pressure to allow the wearer to walk with proper biomechanics. Often times a rigid plate and/or rocker bottom needs to be added to the shoes to help with proper toe off. A Chopart's amputation often requires an AFO in addition to the other modalities mentioned.
Custom Molded Orthotic with Prosthetic Filler
Rigid plate inside shoe
Rocker Bottom sole
Do You Qualify for Insurance Coverage??
Most insurance companies will cover partial foot fillers. The HCPC code is L5000, which generally falls under your durable medical equipment benefit. The majority of partial foot amputations are caused by complications from diabetes mellitus, however, traumatic amputations often occur due to many other reasons. We have seen many war injuries, lawn mower accidents, work injuries and more that have resulted in partial foot amputations.
If you have diabetes mellitus, you will have coverage for both shoes and inserts, however, without diabetes, you will generally NOT have any coverage for shoes.