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Bringing Bunion Relief to Pittsburgh



August 10, 2022 — Dr. William DeCarbo of Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, a paid consultant for Treace Medical Concepts, recently contributed an article to the Pittsburgh Patch in which he discussed what bunion deformities are, common misconceptions surrounding the condition, and a treatment option he helped to develop called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction.

“There is a common misconception that older women experience bunions as a result of wearing high heels, but in reality, the deformity often runs in families and is seen in people of all ages, genders and walks of life1” explained Dr. DeCarbo. “A bunion is caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot that allows the big toe to drift out of alignment.”

After years of seeing patients suffer, Dr. DeCarbo helped design an alternative bunion treatment called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction. This procedure addresses the root cause of the deformity by properly aligning the unstable joint in the foot and securing the bones with a patented system of titanium plates. 2 With Lapiplasty® patients can typically bear weight on their foot in a surgical boot within days of surgery and return to physical activities within about four months. 3,4

“I’m proud to have helped develop Lapiplasty® to address the concerns that many patients have when deciding between living with bunions or moving forward with correcting them,” expressed Dr. DeCarbo. “It has been my greatest joy to help my patients get back to the lifestyles they enjoy and I am looking forward to continuing to serve the community at my new practice.”

For more information about the Lapiplasty® Procedure, including benefits and risks, please visit

As with any medical treatment, individual results vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. For further information on the recovery process, follow this link to Recovery Information. Please consult your surgeon for a full understanding the postoperative care associated with the Lapiplasty® Procedure.

Dr. DeCarbo is a paid consultant of Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.

1 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Website ©2019, WebMD Website ©2019
2 Dayton P, et al. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2016. 55:567-71
3 Ray J, et al. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Aug;40(8):955-960.
4 Based on surgeon experience in their practice.

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