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Returning to the Mountains After Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction®



May 11th, 2023 – Justine Schuyler, resident of Newburgh, New York, contributed a bylined article to the Mid Hudson Valley Patch about her experience living with painful bunions and the treatment option that got her back on the hiking trails.1

“I have a passion for adventure,” Justine said. “When I’m not playing tennis or cheering on my son’s hockey team, I’m training to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile hiking trail that starts in France and ends in Spain.” Justine’s bunions, which she had been suffering from for more than 30 years, became severe and she could no longer partake in her active lifestyle.

“When I was younger, I had the deformities on both of my feet addressed with traditional surgery,” Justine revealed. “Unfortunately, my bunions returned.” Justine tried to manage her pain using nonsurgical methods such as toe separators, but they did not ease her discomfort.2

When she saw a television segment featuring Dr. Brad Schaeffer, Justine paid him a visit at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Schaeffer introduced her to Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction, a procedure that addresses the root cause of the bunion in all three dimensions using a system of patented titanium plates.3,4

“I got my left foot corrected in October 2022. My recovery went so much better than I expected,” Justine explained. Per Dr. Schaeffer’s instructions, she was non-weightbearing for eight weeks before wearing a walking boot for four weeks . She can now fit into regular sneakers again and has resumed daily exercise.6

“Dr. Schaeffer was there for me at every step of the recovery process,” Justine said. “I can now watch my son play hockey again and I plan on resuming my training for the Camino de Santiago.”

Justine strongly recommends the Lapiplasty® Procedure to anyone who is a viable candidate.

“Bunion pain doesn’t go away on its own. It just gets worse and the time you’ll spend recovering from the Lapiplasty® Procedure feels like nothing compared to the lifelong and progressive pain that comes with this deformity.”

Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. There are risks associated with surgery. Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and recovery takes time. For more information on benefits, risks and recovery, visit

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