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Dr Neal Blitz

Best Bunion Surgery Advice Is Not From Dr. Oz or The Doctors

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Some foot surgeons have been upset with Dr. Oz for his misrepresentation of bunion surgery as "The Surgery You Should Say No To" because he is making this claim based the poor experience of a single person.

The Best Products to Avoid Bunion Surgery

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Those wishing to avoid bunion surgery often search for the best product to get rid of the boney prominence at the base of the big toe. Because a bunion is a structural malalignment problem at the big toe joint, a majority of products are aimed at alleviating the symptoms.

Walking After Bunion Surgery: Is It Possible?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Technology advances have allowed for walking after bunion surgery despite bunion size, though the early walking program has to fit for both the patient and the surgeon.

Jones Fracture Surgery: Kevin Durant's Injury Revealed

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti indicated that they are looking into Durant's treatment options, but most foot surgeons tend to operate on these "Jones Fractures" in high-level athletes.

Osteochondral Ankle Surgery: Is This What Shin-Soo Choo's 'Torn Ankle Cartilage Surgery' Was All About?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

What started as a sprained ankle back in April for Texas Ranger Shin-Soo Choo, has now progressed into surgery to repair/remove "torn ankle cartilage."

When to Fix a Broken Ankle

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

The good news is that not all ankle fractures require surgery. When surgery is needed, it is important to recognize that surgery does not generally affect healing time, as bones typically heal within 6-8 weeks.

Plantar Fasciitis: Is 'Basketball Heel' to Blame for Obama's Foot Pain?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 08.17.2014 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Obama has plantar fasciitis (heel pain), according to his Presidential health exam, and perhaps basketball has something to do with it. It is well know that Obama plays basketball regularly, and now joins the ranks of the many NBA players with the painful condition.

#FootSelfie -- Would You Tweet Your Naked Feet?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Style
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

It seems that the selfie (and variations of it) are here to stay. What is more apparent, as a foot surgeon, is that some people want their feet to look good for themselves but also for their social media followers.

Eli Manning's Ankle Arthroscopy and Prognosis -- A Foot Surgeon's Perspective

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

The surgery has sparked concerns that his better days may be behind him. Before anyone can call it quits for Manning, its best to understand the surgery he had performed and what that really means in terms of recovery.

Is Cam Newton Having Ankle Instability Surgery?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

As a New York Reconstructive Foot Surgeon, I want to offer some perspective on Cam Newton's "minor ankle surgery." According to NFL.com Cam Newton is having surgery to "tighten ankle ligaments" -- but what does that really mean?

Bunions in Children: When Is Bunion Surgery Needed?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Operating on the bunions in children is different than adults. Not only are the bones smaller, but the growth plates need to be considered. If your child has bunions, it's best to start the nonoperative measures as early as possible to lessen the need for bunion surgery as a child

Foot Foreign Bodies: The Dangers of Barefoot

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Watch your step when barefoot, because anything sharp -- from nails to snails -- can get stuck in your foot. Punctures and foreign bodies of the foot are serious and can lead to limb- and life-threatening infections.

Cosmetic Toe Lengthening: Brachymetatarsia Surgery

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

As a Manhattan foot surgeon, one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform are cosmetic toe lengthenings. A short toe often causes tremendous psychological embarrassment for people, and fixing this makes a dramatic change in someones life.

Bunion Laser Treatment: Is It Possible?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

If you are looking for the most modern techniques in bunion surgery, laser is not currently the best option. What is encouraging is that bunion surgery has changed dramatically in the past few years as surgeons are more focused on both the aesthetic and functional result.

Senators Erik Karlsson's Sliced Achilles: How Bad of an Injury Is It Really?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 04.16.2013 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

A sliced Achilles tendon is something that one would expect to see in a horror movie, not on an ice skating rink. Unfortunately for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, his Achilles was cut by the blade of a skate while being hit against the boards.

Plantar Fascia Tear: Will Lakers Pau Gasol Need Foot Surgery?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol injured the plantar fascia of his foot while playing the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Gasol, on twitter, announced that an MRI revealed a "torn fascia." But how serious is ruptured plantar fascia, and will he need surgery?

Bring Your Own Stilettos (BYOS) Exercise Class

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

As a surgeon who performs bunionplasty surgery to help women return to high heels and pointy-toed shoes, I can only encourage women to consider exercise programs that are aimed at strengthening the feet and legs.

Bunionplasty: A Plastic Foot Surgery Craze?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 02.17.2013 | Style
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

When considering bunionplasty, it is important to not only consider how the foot will look but also how it will function. Take the time to learn about the methods available to fix your bunion, and you will be that much better off.

Plantar Plate Tear: Redskins Pierre Garcon's Toe Injury

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.29.2012 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Redskins wide receiver Peirre Garcon sustained a ligament injury of the second toe, and is reported to specifically have a plantar plate tear. This is no ordinary ligament injury as the the plantar plate is a thick ligament-like pad beneath the toe that stabilizes the toe.

Derek Jeter's Ankle Fracture: Is a Hidden Stress Fracture to Blame?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.14.2012 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

As a reconstructive foot surgeon with major lower extremity trauma experience, something just doesn't quite add up with Derek Jeter's ankle fracture.

NFL's Lisfranc's Foot Fracture Epidemic: What's Causing It?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.12.2012 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

As a reconstructive foot surgeon, with significant Lisfranc fracture experience, I am somewhat amazed to see three NFL players to succumb to the dreaded Lisfranc injury, in only one weeks time.

Santonio Holmes' Lisfranc Injury: A Foot Surgeons Perspective

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.03.2012 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

The cat is out of the bag -- Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has the dreaded Lisfranc injury. He will miss the rest of the season. But what exactly is a Lisfranc injury anyway?

What's Up With Santonio Holmes' Foot Injury?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Sports
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Since Sunday's game, when Santonio Holmes injured his left foot, there has been much speculation as to what could be wrong with it.

When a Stubbed Toe Is Serious

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Most of the time, a stubbed toe is just a painful experience that will pass. Sometimes, however, stubbing a toe can be quite serious, requiring medical attention.

Are Foot Tattoos Sexy?

Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. | Posted 11.18.2012 | Style
Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

Some women consider the foot tattoo the ultimate shoe accessory as they continue their hunt for the perfect shoe. Many say they are just plain sexy. Others regret them and want them removed. Wacky and bad taste tats also find their way onto the foot.