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Dr. David Laha

Podiatry
Overland Park, KS
39 years experience male

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Overland Park, KS

Address

7230 W 129th Street, Overland Park, KS
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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

Doctor Q&A

324 Answers
329 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
See podiatrist: He may have plantar fascitis. Plantar meaning " pertaining to sole of the foot". Fascia meaning "band of connective tissue". "itis" meaning "inflammat... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Structural deformity: Some differences, but basically used interchangeably. Bunions are a bony prominence with joint misalignment. They are progressive, structural deformit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Hard to find: All depends on what you consider cute? The less pressure on the bone prominence, the more comfortable. If they are not comfortable when you first try... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Variety of reasons: Many possibilities for your foot pain. See your podiatrist for an evaluation. Check out apma.Org to find a foot specialist. You can try being more spe... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Variety of treatment: Neuromas are inflammation and/or damage to the nerve. If you treat the problem early, you have a better chance for success. Cortisone injections, nsai... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Play need surgery: This is a structural deformity. Wider, supportive shoes can help, but surgical correction may be needed. This procedure is usually performed on an o... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Evaluation: You need to have it examined. Due to the color changes, see someone soon. It could be minor problem or a serious one. Don't delay. To find a foot spec... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Bandaid: Warm soapy water soak 15-20 min an cover with neosporin oint. And a bandaid. May eventually come off on its own in days to weeks. Keep covered so you... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Sole of the foot: Plantar meaning " pertaining to sole of the foot". Fascia meaning "band of connective tissue". "itis" meaning "inflammation of".
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Structural deformity: Bunions are common foot deformities. They present as a bone prominence at the base of the big toe. These deformities are usually aggravated by shoe ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends on damage: If there is bleeding under the nail that extends to the base of the nail, then you will probably lose the nail. This may take weeks to months to come... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Possible/unlikely: As a foot specialist, i perform thousands of injections a year in the form of nerve blocks for procedures and therapeutic injections. It is extremely ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
No: Nails will grow at there own rate.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Yes and no: The are medical devices such as over the counter arch supports or physician prescribed orthotics that may help with your arch problems. Poor circula... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Fungus is everywhere: Usually fungus infections of the skin will take 7-14 days to resolve wtih a good topical antifungal using it appropriately. If you are not consistent... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Maybe: Heel pain is a very common problem and quite debilitating. Most conservative care consists of: icing, antiinflammatories, stretching, good shoes and ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Yes: Elevation is a easy way to help with edema. If this is a chronic problem, have it evaluated. Dr l.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Surgery: Surgical treatment of hammertoes can vary depending on the surgeon, which toes are involved and severity of deformity. Many times wires are used that ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Tinactin (tolnaftate): If you have a fungal infection of the skin, my favorite antifungal topically is lamisil (terbinafine). Most topical antifungals will work if used as i... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Roomy and supportive: Wears shoes that give you room in the area of the bunion deformity. Most people with bunions will find a shoe that is stiffer and with good support t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Not improving: If the toe is misaligned or not improving, have it evaluated. Letting injuries go can lead to more problems at times. See your podiatrist. Dr l.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
No topical is great: It is very hard to resolve toe fungus with a topical. The more thickened the fungal nails, the less likely they will work. To have a chance of this w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Most insets help: Good shoes and supports can be helpful. As a rule: the thicker the sole, the stiffer the shoe, the better the support, the better your feet will feel.... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Doubtful: Hammertoes are a structural/functional deformity. Improving foot function can help. See your foot specialists. Dr l.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Capsulitis: Most bunion surgeries involve an osteotomy(surgical cut through the bone) to realign the toe. A shortening of the first metatarsal occurs because of t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
See your podiatrist: Hard to tell what may be causing your problems. If this is not improving, have it evaluated. Dr l.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Could be scar tissue: No surgery is without risks or can make things perfect. Results from surgery can also depend on the extent of the damage or problem that required sur... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Follow docs orders: Discuss you post operative care with your foot surgeon. They should give you detailed instructions on what you need to do and what you might expect f... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
ROM exercises: Non weight bearing range-of-motion exercises are important to get the function of the joint back to as normal as possible. We start these at the 10 da... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Usually Surgery: These are structural deformities. Surgery is needed to correct the deformities. Symptoms can be improved with better shoes and supports. See your p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends on location: If you have classic bottom of the heel pain, that is plantar fasciitis. Treatment consists of decreasing inflammation and supporting the foot. Stretc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Evaluation: Pain doesn't happen without a reason. If it has been persistent, have it checked out.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
There are a variety: Non surgical treatment can address the symptoms of the bunion defromity, but will not correct the deformity. Conservative care consists of wider, mor... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Maybe: We recommend an extra depth shoe. These have extra toe room and can accept a custom or over the counter support if needed. Examine you feet daily to ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Usually ~6 weeks: Bone healing depends on a variety of factors: location, type of fracture, type of care and a person's ability to heal. The better compliance, the bet... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Unlikely, but can: Any foot pain in children should be evaluated. See your foot specialist for evaluation an discussion.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Usually bone removal: If the toe is symptomatic, the surgery to straighten the toe will help. This usually involves removing a small portion of the toe to unbuckle the toe.... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Usually: As long as the toe is in good alignment and it feels like it is improving, then it should heal. Stay in a stiff shoe and limit activity to tolerance. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Usually: Sometimes the degeneration of the joint and proliferation of the bone around the joint can inhibit motion to the joint. At times this limits the move... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Yes: May have strained the plantar facial ligament. The usual treatment is to decrease inflammation and improve foot function. Try good shoes and support a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends: Usually you do not put a cast on a single toe, but at imes you do cast/cast boot the foot to protect the fractured toe. This depend on a variety of f... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Have it evaluated.: Ace wraps can provide some compression and slight immobilization, but you should have it evaluated if you can not walk well. Rice: rest, ice, compres... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends: A variety of problems can occur to or around the big toe. If the pain and "pink" area is to the bone prominence at the base of the big toe, then it m... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
It is possible : High heeled shoes put the foot in awkward functioning position. This can put abnormal stress on the foot that can lead to a variety of foot problems.... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
If it is a concern: It is not unusual to break a toe. If the toe is in good alignment, pink and warm, that is a good sign. You should have it evaluated either in the er i... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Plantar fasciitis?: Could have plantar fasciitis if your pain is to the inside bottom of the heel or achilles tendonitis if the pain is to the back of the heel. These are... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends: Numbness of the toes can have several causes. Have it evaluated by your podiatrist. If the numbness comes and goes, then it may be treatable. If the ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
See your podiatrist: There are a variety of options. Determining what may be the cause is the first step. It can sometimes be caused by a bacterial infection. Ave it check... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends on procedure: For most bunion surgeries, you can expect to be in some type of surgical shoe, boot, cast, etc for 4-6 weeks with limited activity. Most are starting... 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
american board of foo
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