If you are new to PFFD - I recommend starting with the PFFD book


Hi, seeking advice. My daughter has PFFD. We chose not to amputate her foot, deciding that she could make that choice on her own. She is 13 now, and is considering it...I'm am wondering if anyone has experience with this and can give insight on what to expect in regard to recovery, phantom pain, mobility, etc. thank you!


I am 32 years old and have pffd, had Symes procedure at age 3 and have worn a prosthesis ever since. I am a nurse, very active person but here recently I have had problems with finding soneone to make me the appropriate prosthesis. I currently have the C leg. Anyone with any suggestions.


Hello people,

My Life as a PFFD


I am writing this to share the life of a disabled person, specifically a PFFD, prior to WWII who grew up in the 30s. Life was different and medicine, knowledge and sophisticated equipment were not available as in today’s world. A month after I was born, which would be about February or March of 1931, I was whisked away to a hospital to ascertain the problem related to my right leg - hip. X-rays revealed no head to the femur and no hip socket. There were no known cases to compare. I was told later there was one other a female who died before her 12th birthday.

Insurance Hoops to jump through

Hello, I just found this group yesterday. My daughter was born in 1991 in St. Louis with the most severe level of PFFD, so she has, roughly speaking, an above-the-knee prosthetic. We were very very happy Shriners patients until she aged out of the system. We now live central Illinois and cannot find any prosthetist nearby that can help with a new leg. We found someone at the Rehab Institute in Chicago who is wonderful and very experienced. Unfortunately, our insurance denied our request for a new leg because the doctor is not in our area of service.

About our Prosthosis

I created a page about Prosthoses here http://www.pffd.org/prosthosis.htm. Hope you find it useful.

46-year old woman with PFFD, Belgium, Europe

Hi everyone
I was born 46 years ago with PFFD, unilateral, left side. At birth specialists told my parents I would never be able to walk. They were wrong, didn't know better. I don't know what degree PFFD I have (I think between A and B), as I have never known the name of my condition till I was 35. Through my work as a social worker, I met a client who had a similar condition as I have and who revealed the name PFFD to me. I walk with a prothese that lengthens my leg. I live happily now, though a fysical handicap is not the only element that affects our happiness.

glass implants that grow new bone

I just read this article. Who knows ... maybe one day pffd patients will have the option of getting glass implants. It's exciting to think about!

"Engineers design glass implant that can grow new bone"


Amputation of the foot or Rotionplasty??

I decided to write down a question message because of my dilemma a treatment of PFFD.
We live in United Kingdom and have little boy. Eric was born in August 2011 with PFFD.
English doctors in Sheffield think Syme amputating or Van Nes Rotationplasty would be the way to
do. Which we were told this before so it wasn't a shock.


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