Research takes a long time. The process requires a research team to design an experiment, secure funding, recruit study subjects, analyze the data, and push its findings through the time-consuming process of peer review before the published study finally becomes available. Often, the arrival of this final product occurs well after those in clinical practice have already reached similar conclusions based on collective, anecdotal observations. This reality can cause clinicians to discount the value of the published literature as something that merely confirms what we already know. However, a profession historically based on assumptions is bound to encounter a few surprises. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the management of partial-foot amputation.