Dr. David Laha

Podiatry
Overland Park, KS
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Overland Park, KS

Address

7230 W 129th Street, Overland Park, KS
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About

Bio

David B. Laha, DPM, FACFAS - Biography www.KCFOOT.com Dr. Laha is a specialist in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot. He has extensive training in reconstructive foot surgery and sports medicine of the lower extremity. He takes pride in providing quality, personal care for his patients. Dr. Laha is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Podiatric Medical Association and a Past President of the Association. This practice evaluates and treats foot injuries, fractures, bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns, calluses, flat feet, children's foot problems, diabetic foot problems, tumors, fungal nails, heel pain, and sports medicine injuries of the lower extremity. Dr. Laha is a specialist in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot. He is recognized by the medical community as a leading provider of foot care in the Kansas City area. His extensive training has made him an expert in reconstructive foot surgery and sports medicine of the lower extremity. Dr Laha's expertise is sought out by other physicians for their patient care, sports teams for the care of their athletes, organizations for lecturing, attorneys for legal council, and local health reporters for information on a variety of foot problems and the latest medical innovations for the treatment of foot problems. Dr. Laha stays abreast of the latest advances in foot care. It is his goal to provide the best foot care, using the latest medical and surgical techniques, in a compassionate, friendly environment. Dr. Laha received his medical training at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California, graduating with honors. He performed his post graduate residency training at Hayward Vesper Hospital in Hayward, California. This program specialized in reconstructive foot surgery. He was the Chief Resident his last year in training. Dr Laha has been practicing in the Kansas City area since 1985. He is a Kansas native, having been born in Winchester and growing up in Centralia. He attended Kansas Wesleyan University graduating with honors. While in college he played basketball and was an outstanding track and cross country athlete. He was inducted into the Kansas Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Dr. Laha is married and has two children.

Specialties
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Podiatry

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329 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Unlikely: May have tendonitis, bone prominence or bursitis. Best to have it evaluated. May need xray for initial evaluation. It not obvious, or if the doctor... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
1-3 weeks: Bruising depends on several factors. Follow your doctors directions for best results. Dr l.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes/Probably: Any injury to the foot/ankle that causes pain and/or swelling that persists should be professionally evaluated. If it gets better daily and is painfr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Contracted toes: Claw toe is a buckling of the toe(s). The toe is in a "c" shape. Sometimes it can be flexible(you can straighten it out). Other times it can be rigid... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Stiff shoes: You may have hallux limitus. This limited movement of the big toe joint can be secondary to abnormal foot function, trauma and/or arthritis. A good st... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Time: Bone normally takes 6 weeks to heal. If internal fixation is used, healing is usually faster. As a rule: for each day you are immobilized( (cast, boo... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Several: A stress fracture is a break/crack in the cortex(shell) of the bone. It can lead to a omplelete fracture if care is not taken to protect the foot fro... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes: As a rule, a stiffer, thicker soled shoe with good support and lower heel, is usually the best. Controlling abnormal foot function with help to slow... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Depends: Most broken bones, if uncomplicated, heal around 6 weeks. You will have some prolong soreness/stiffness for several months. See your foot care specia... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Foot surgeon: Podiatric surgeon or an orthopedic surgeon with a foot and ankle fellowship would be the best trained. Talk to your primary care doctor for their rec... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
4-6 weeks: Most of the time patients are back into a comfortable shoe in 4 weeks and back to most fitness activities in 10 -12 weeks. A lot depends on damage pr... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
No: You can't really avoid getting bunions. Bunions are structural problems due to foot type and function. You can slow down the progression of the defo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Relief of pain: Most patients will have relief of pain. You will have some numbness to the adjacent toes on the bottom of the foot. You should not have any loss of fu... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes if painful: Bunions are structural deformities. They are a misalignment of the bones mainly due to genetics and foot function. Conservative care consists of good... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
1 1/2 - 2 hours: Length of anesthesia can vary depending on a variety of factors.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
You can't : Bunions are structural deformities secondary to genetics and foot function. Improving foot function with good shoes and supports can help slow down th... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Non weightbearing: Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probab... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Get rid of them: Shoes should feel comfortable the first time you try them on. You should break in all shoes gradually as each shoe will make the foot work in a differ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Most likely overuse: Follow the rice principle. Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Stop running until soreness is gone, ice 20 min 1-2 times a day, ace wrap as needed... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Ligament injury: You may have damaged the plantar facial ligament. Best treatment in to ice 20min twice a day, good shoes and arch support, no barefoot, no weight bear... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Around 6 weeks: Normal bone healing take around 6 weeks. This depends on many factors: alignment of fracture, age, health, type of fracture and treatment. There is ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Depends on severity: There are multiple factors that determine how complicated this surgery could for you. Severity of the deformity, medical conditions, weight and your c... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
6 weeks normally: Bone usually takes 6 weeks to heal in a normal patient depending on alignment and care. Even though the bone may be healed, you may have soreness for ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Treatments can vary: Bunions are progressive, structural deformities. They only get worse, they don't get better. You can improve the symptoms with better shoes, but you c... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Depends: Most broken bones take around 6 weeks to mend. Ususally, there is ligamentous damage in addition that can prolong healing. As a rule of thumb, it wi... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Not unusual : Overlapping toes are not that unusual. This can be a genetic, inherited, deformity. If it is symptomatic, surgical intervention can be helpful. Have i... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Pain/discomfort: Patients chief complaint with a bunion bunion is usually "bump" pain. The bunion can get irritated by shoe gear and/or activity. Wearing better, more ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Swelling: Swelling to the foot and ankle. This can be caused by a variety of local and systemic problems. Dr l.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes: There are a variety of sandal manufacturers that produce sandals with arch support. Most of the good running stores will carry some. Some examples are... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Inflammation : May have inflammation to the joints of the toes or the metatarsal phalangeal joints. Sometimes stress fracture can present as toe pain. If it is not ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
See your Podiatrist: First, make sure that your problem is a neuroma. Other problems can present with pain to the ball of the foot. Your podiatrist can give you informatio... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Depends on the dad: I coached all my kids in several sports. It was fun for me and, at least they say now, it was fun for them. They now appreciate the effort and time co... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Variety of options: To treat symptoms, better shoes and supports. To treat the deformities, usually requires surgical intervention. Discuss with your foot specialists. ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Usually splinting: Most toe fractures, if in good alignment, will respond well to splinting. Taping the fractured toe to the adjacent toe(s) for several weeks(3-6) alon... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Depends?: In leiu of injury, wearing better shoes with a roomier toebox may be helpful. Have evaluated if persists. Dr l.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Tendon tightness: High heels alter a person's gait along with changing the stress placed through the foot. Chronic high heel wearing can lead to tightening(shortening) ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Sometimes not much: You have probably tried a variety of scar creams and massage. If the discomfort has persisted, sometimes, depending on conditions, a cortisone inject... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Red, hot and swollen: Gouty arthritic flare on the foot presents as a red, hot to touch and very painful to touch or movement of the joint. See your doctor to discuss treat... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Var of possibilities: Should have this evaluated if it has been chronic. My have muscle attachment irritation "shin splints. Icing, antiinflammatories, good shoes and supp... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes: Light stretching before a workout is good. I usually like to have athletes perform a light stretch, then a short warm up, then a more aggressive stret... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Soak/antibiotic oint: Soak in warm soapy water 15-20 min daily, trim the nail corner if easy access and you can see it well, rinse with hydrogen peroxide, blot dry, apply a... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Podiatrist: Podiatrist deal exclusively with foot and ankle problems. Orthopedist can deal muscle/joint problems from head to toe. Most don't specialize in dealin... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Injury/ infection: Should have it evaluated. This could be inflammation, infection or injury dr l.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Depends: Many things can cause pain to the top of the foot. If no trauma, or overuse activity, then shoe irritation (laces too tight or shoe too tight) is comm... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Good shoes/support: As a rule of thumb: the stiffer the shoe, the thicker the sole, the better the support, the better the foot will feel. If this is not successful, see ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes/until resolved : There are many otc (over the counter) anti fungals. Use the topical as instructed. It may take a week or two to resolve. If one doesnt work, try anoth... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Shoes / surgery: My understanding of your problem makes me think that you are concerned about bone spurring around your bunion deformity. You may have hallux limitus. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Maybe overuse: Swelling can be caused by a variety of problems. Simple treatment consists of rice: rest, ice compression and elevation. Antiinflammatories are helpf... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Swelling: Swelling to the foot and ankle is not. This can be caused by a variety of local and systemic problems. Have it evaluated if persistent. Dr l.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 40 years experience
Yes, but: Skin is mostly water, as it dries out the thickened skin on the heel begins to shrink. This causes increased tension on the skin and cracking occurs.... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Laha is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Laha is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jun 11, 2012
Good, thanks!
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Thank you for answering my question! It is very nice when doctors tell you that if it is not normal then you should seek rather than telling me that theres not a lot they can do for a broken toe. I k...Read More
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Thanks for answering my question. i think -for some reason- it may be a foreign body. but yes , i guess i have to see a podiatrist
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have since seen a GP and it is cellulitis and I have antibiotics

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

California College of Podiatric Medicine
Graduated 1983MD

Awards

Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Fellow American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
Most Influential, Second Place, Kansas City, MO - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Podiatric Medical Association
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