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Is anesthesia provided during a bunionplasty procedure? I am 50 years of age, male and live in Richmond Hills in New York.

Bunion surgery requires some form of anesthesia, even in NYC.  In order for the bunion surgery to be performed the foot needs to be put to sleep, or numbed with an injection.  This injection is called a local or regional block.  Sometimes a general anesthesia is performed for bunion surgery.  


How do bunion surgery and bunionplasty differ?

I need repair of a bunion at the base of my left big toe and would like to make an informed decision as to the care I receive.  I am a woman in my late 40s and am located in the region of Manhattan, NY. Bunionplasty® is procedure developed by Dr. Blitz where the approach… Read more »


Please describe the recovery process following bunionplasty?

How long will it take before I can be up and walking again?  I am a woman 33 years of age and live in the lower east side of New York County. The recovery after bunion surgery, in my New York City bunion surgery practice, is typically 6 weeks for the bone to mend.  I… Read more »


Why do more women than men develop bunions? Is it because of their footwear, although men also wear pointy shoes, or are there other reasons? I reside in Bronx County in New York, am female and 43 years of age.

In my Manhattan bunion surgery practice, I find that high heels and pointy shoes promote bunion.  I often perform bunion surgery, and bunionplasty® on women who love heels and want to return to high heels as the bunions limit the shoe gear.  Men tend to get bunions from genetic reasons or trauma/injury.  


My second toe on my left foot is longer than my big toe. Would this cause a bunion? I live in Richmond County in New York State and am a man 41 years of age.

Bunions in men are not that uncommon, even in New York State.  A long big toe can result in bunion formation because the toe gets pushed in the shoe.  A long second toe can cause a hammer toe, not a bunion.  


Will wearing square-toed shoes rather than pointy high heels prevent the formation of bunions? I am a 29 year old female and live in Queens, New York.

In my bunion surgery practice in Manhattan, I am often asked if shoe gear causes bunions and it is my opinion that pointy toed shoes will promote the development of bunions.  So, if you want to avoid bunion surgery, in NY or anywhere else for that matter, try to limit your time in high heels… Read more »


I wear well-fitting shoes and sneakers, very infrequently wear high heels and have a sedentary position. There is no familial history of bunions yet I keep developing bunions that become painful. These happen on both my right and left foot. I am a 45 year old female residing in Westchester County in NY. I feel I’m not doing anything to cause the bunions and would like to know if there is any way to stop these and why I keep getting bunions.

In my bunion surgery practice in Manhattan, I am often asked if shoe gear causes bunions and it is my opinion that pointy toed shoes will promote the development of bunions.  So, if you want to avoid bunion surgery, in NY or anywhere else for that matter, try to limit your time in high heels… Read more »


I am a 33 year old woman living in Manhattan County in the State of New York and have problems with bunions that I have had surgically treated.

The bunions always form on the same foot.  Why always in the same place? A bunion is the resulted of deviated bones at the big toe joint resulting in the bones pushing out from beneath the skin.  Some people develop bunions from too much flexibility in the foot, a condition called hypermobility.  They form in… Read more »


I see ads for inner shoe supports that provide not only a cushion for the bottom of the foot but arch support.

Will using this type of product avoid or at least delay the formation of bunions?  I am 50 years of age, female and reside in NYC. Bunions are partly genetic.  Women who wear fashionable high heel and pointy toed shoes, such as those in New York City, may promote the development of a bunion.  Wearing… Read more »


Why was the Bunionplasty® procedure developed?

When you created the bunionplasty® was it the result of a personal issue or an overall need you saw in your patients?   In my Manhattan bunion surgery practice, I saw need for both a cosmetic and medical approach for a bunion surgery.  As much as my patients wanted the bunion gone, they also wanted… Read more »