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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to deal with the pain of a foot amputation?
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Phantom Limb
It is quite common for amputees to experience sensations on the removed limb.
Many times it is pains, for others, it can feel different (itching for example). A study reported in nejm found that using a mirror to 'visualize' the removed body part actually helped resolve those sensations. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc071927. No matter what, discuss things with your doctor or surgeon.

In brief: Phantom Limb
It is quite common for amputees to experience sensations on the removed limb.
Many times it is pains, for others, it can feel different (itching for example). A study reported in nejm found that using a mirror to 'visualize' the removed body part actually helped resolve those sensations. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc071927. No matter what, discuss things with your doctor or surgeon.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Thank
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Phantom limb pain can be problematic for many patients with an amputation at any level.
I recommend these to my own patients with phantom limb pain. - stay active - find distractions when you are having phantom pain - mirror therapy. A 2007 study published in the nejm found that using a mirror to visualize and move the un-amputated limb reduced pain for patients in their amputated limb.

In brief: Yes
Phantom limb pain can be problematic for many patients with an amputation at any level.
I recommend these to my own patients with phantom limb pain. - stay active - find distractions when you are having phantom pain - mirror therapy. A 2007 study published in the nejm found that using a mirror to visualize and move the un-amputated limb reduced pain for patients in their amputated limb.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Thank
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