Syme’s Amputation

A Syme’s amputation is an ankle disarticulation (the removal of the foot through the joint) while the malleoli stays intact (the two rounded protrusions on either side of the ankle) then forward rotation of the heel pad over the end of the residual tibia for weight bearing.

This is the term used to describe an amputation that is through the ankle joint. For a person with this type of amputation, they have a full-length tibia and fibula, but no ankle joint and foot. For most of these patients, the shape of the limb itself can be used to suspend the device with the use of either a foam or gel liner.