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Persons with a nontraumatic lower-limb amputation are at high risk of losing their contralateral limb in the years postamputation. In this study, veterans with a unilateral lower-limb amputation participated in a survey about health beliefs and health practices known to affect risk of amputation (foot care and smoking). Most participants reported good footcare practices (93% checked the top of their foot, 73% checked the bottom of their foot, 75% checked between their toes, and 72% washed theirdoi:10.1682/jrrd.2004.03.0453 fatcat:hadsihq35jhc3lirmnvclyerjy