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Dr. Darrell Latva

Podiatry
Chicago, IL
43 years experience male

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Chicago, IL

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Chicago, IL
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Bio

I have 34 years of private practice experience and 24 years teaching in an academic setting; I currently hold the rank of associate professor. I created both a residency program and a podiatry service at a Level I trauma center, and was chief, the head if you will, of that podiatry service. I am board certified by both the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. But, enough about credentials. What can I offer you, my patient? My greatest strength is listening, thinking, and arriving at a diagnosis. When you present your problem, it's my job to ask the most appropriate questions to get me to my diagnosis; since we only have fifteen minutes, we both must work quickly. That's where my experience counts. I am currently seeing patients Thursday from 8-10 CST, on the HealthTap website.

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Podiatry

Licenses

United States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan

Doctor Q&A

521 Answers
200 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
BENEFITS/RISKS: Benefit-the pain is gone. Risk-the complication rate is commonly quoted as 15-20%.
A member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
LET IT HEAL: Anytime a patient of mine has tried something I did not approve of, it get's screwed up. Let it heal until he/she removes the sutures.
A male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NEUROPATHY: People with diabetic neuropathy evolving into a Charcot ankle may not feel pain. For people with no health issues, I would think pain would be a prese... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NO TEARS ANYWHERE?: Humm...there are no tears in either tendon, just swelling. Well, I have had instances, more so in the early days of foot/ankle MRI, where things weren... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
WATCH: Watch for signs of infection-pain, redness, swelling, difficult to move or walk. Tetanus shot may be advisable. If diabetic, be extra vigilant.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
SCIATIC NERVE: My first impression is irritation to the sciatic nerve coming out of you back; it gets smaller and smaller, finally ending in the feet. A chiropractor... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
WHICH SIDE: With such limited info, it would help to know at least inside or outside ankle bone.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
INSURANCE: Do you not have insurance for another 2 weeks? Well, the alternative is to pay out-of-pocket.
A male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
MORE INFO!: I can't answer w/ this limited information. Type of injury? When? Diabetic? Vascular disease?
A female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
BUNION?: Is your big toe crooked? Could be a bunion.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
ACHILLES RUPTURE: I'm assuming you did not have surgical repair. If so, this is typical of an Achilles rupture managed non-surgically.
A member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
THE BRUISE, NO: The bruise itself does not cause DVT, but the trauma causing the bruise theoretically could.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
40%: About 40% of TREATED ankle sprains have lingering problems. I would do ankle x-ray stress tests and maybe an MRI.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
ELEVATION: After an injury, the small blood vessels in the area break open, releasing fluid; the swelling you see. The swelling can put pressure on the nerves i... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY: Compression stockings may help, but if young, talk to a vascular surgeon about surgical options, if it is venous insufficiency.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
SEE A DR: In addition to a good history and physical, skin and nail problems are a visual problem, a luxury I don't have here. A culture may be taken. Fungal na... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
Let dr. examine: With this scenario, a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist has to perform an exam of the ankle. X-rays, stress x-rays, maybe MRI.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
IT DEPENDS: It depends upon the severity of the injury, and each doctor's individual philosophy of treatment. Sincerely, Dr. Latva
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
BE CAREFUL: At first glance, the doctor may thing a 'simple' lengthening will help. But, being s/p compartment syndrome, there is scarring; extensive releases in ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
SOUND LIKE IT: Increased pain, redness, swelling, fever are all signs of infection. Sounds like one is developing; see a podiatrist ASAP, especially if you're diabet... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
THE BUMP: Do you mean, will the bump ever go away? No, once it's there, it's an established bony problem. Only surgery can remove it.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
GET A CULTURE: That's a long time. You should see a podiatrist; they can take some nail clippings, and test them to see if it is indeed a fungus. Then, recommend a t... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
ANKLE OR FOOT?: I can't determine if it's your ankle, foot, or both. Regardless, the degree of pain and swelling indicate to me an exam and x-ray is warranted. Sincer... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
DEPENDS: This is more complicated than what can be said in 400 words. There is uncompensated and compensated FF varus. If you have the latter, it can cause fla... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
WB: I think WB films are better. Additionally, I perform stress x-rays and a CT scan.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NEUROPATHY: It could be early diabetic neuropathy. Good glucose control is the key to preventing neuropathy, monitored through an A1C less than 7. Of course, many... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NOT BAD: I would say the worst pain a few days following surgery is 5/10, controlled well with narcotic analgesics, and improving daily. Some people have no pa... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
See a doctor: Is it red, swollen, painful, with drainage? If so, the nail, or a portion of the nail, has to be removed by a podiatrist, in the office with a local a... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NO: It won't "correct", just like glasses don't correct vision, but help us see better. If you use them consistently, they should make your feet feel bett... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
PROBABLY: By 'bone island', it's free floating? Lot's of pain. Surgery probably a good idea.
A female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
YES: Most people think "it's only a sprain", but it could be something else. Some people, even when treated, never return to 100%. See a podiatrist or foot... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
SMALL ABSCESS?: Sometimes a foreign body does result in callus formation. Have a podiatrist trim the callus; make sure there isn't a retained foreign body or tiny abs... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
FX?: Purple is probably subungual hematoma. Hurts a lot-fracture should be ruled out by x-ray.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
EQUINUS: You may have a tight heel cord or calf muscles. See a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist for a good biomechanical exam and evaluation of gait, to de... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
TYPE OF WORK: Can you work w/ your foot elevated? Why don't you just ask your doctor.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
STREP A: Strep A causes both strep throat and foot cellulitis. Likely?-I don't know. Possible?-I guess so.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
YES: Yes, you can exercise. Regarding the sun, it would help if I knew the name of the antibiotic.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
TRAUMA?: Sounds like you really bumped/hit it, but you didn't mention any. If you did, and it hurts that much, you should get an x-ray.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
ANSWER: It can get larger. It can cause pain. It can cause a fracture of the cuboid. Treat via removing the mass from the bone and filling the void with bone ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
AT LEAST 72H: At least 72 hours are needed for the WBC to decrease, and see SOME clinical improvement. You've probably been given a 10-14 day course; take them all.... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
4 REASONS: Venous insufficiency, lymphedema, underlying medical conditions, and age are the most common.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NON-SX MANAGEMENT: Exhaust all non-surgical options first; there are more things that can be done. Then, if it still affects your Activities of Daily Living, consider sx... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
FOREFOOT VARUS: I don't see your age, but it would be most rare for these metatarsals to suddenly "lift up." It sounds more like a foot structure problem you've had a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
YES: Excessive sun exposure, especially up to 20 y/o, is a leading cause of melanoma.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
SEE DR ASAP: Dermatology problems are visual problems. It could be something simple, or it could be something more serious. You should see a podiatrist or dermatol... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
IT CAN BE FIXED: To be clear, you had a dorsiflexory osteotomy of the 1st metatarsal, and it was raised too much? If so, the surgery is essentially reversed to drop th... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
SEE A DR.: I personally feel all ankle sprains should be seen by a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist. Ankle sprains are frequently undertreated, leading to li... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
NEED PROTECTION: I think you should have protection, either a walking cast, shoe modifications, orthotic devices, or a Rx brace, to name four. I always do an MRI, also... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 43 years experience
CLARIFICATION NEEDED: You state "feet" indicating both, but "ankle" indicating only one. I would need to know if it's both feet and ankles, or just one side. Sincerely, Dr... Read More

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HealthTap member
Nov 27, 2015
This Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my appreciation for all that you do! Thank you, doctor! :)
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I appreciate your advice. The CRPS diagnosis scares me and I have been referred to a Pain Management Specialist. The CRPS will be my priority and hopefully I can deal wi...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your answer- I will be seeking some further advice from my specialist. I am currently seeing a PM specialist for my CRPS which affects the foot with the no...Read More
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My problem is not my heel or plantar fasciitis - I already checked the symptoms and they are not the same - luckily it's better this morning

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF PODIATRIC MEDICINE
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

WESTVIEW HOSPITAL

Awards

"Golden Apple Award" for excellence in teaching of podiatry residents
Most Influential, Second Place, the Chicago Region - Spring
2017
Top Doctor, Third Place, the Chicago Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

APMA, ABFAS, ABPM
FACFAS, FACFAOM
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