Dr. Darrell Latva

Podiatry
Chicago, IL
44 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
YES: If the infected bone is not completely removed surgically, the bacteria can still be harbored in the bone, and flare up at some point later in life. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
AVOID: Avoid higher impact exercises like running. A stress fracture can evolve into a complete fracture without protection.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
PVD: It depends upon the extent of the PVD in the leg; it's extent and if it can be corrected via stenting or a bypass, to name two.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
INFECTION: Cat bites can cause a puncture-type wound; maybe deeper than a dog. There can also be unusual infecting bacteria, like Pasteurella and Bartonella, in ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
PREVENTION: Have calcium and vitamin D levels checked Modify lifestyle habits, like smoking/drinking Replace worn out shoes Don't suddenly increase activity Adequ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
YES: If indeed the prescription is wrong, back pain is possible. Limb length discrepancy?
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
ANYONE: Anyone with diabetes can get a foot ulcer. Insulin-dependent patients just might be more fragile and immunocompromised.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
SOMETIMES: In certain instances, OTC devices are all you need. Start there and see how you feel.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
AMPUTATION SUPPORT: I know some hospitals sponsor "Amputation Support Groups", where patients can talk to each other about their feelings regarding their amputation. Some... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
NONBITE: There is what's called "non-bite exposure", but this is not one of them. You cannot get rabies petting a rabid dog.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
THINGS TO DO.: I don't know the extent of the PVD, but things that are done include medications like aspirin or Plavix, (clopidogrel) stents, or open leg bypass. If ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
SIGNS: Pain, a deformed foot, moderate to severe swelling over the midfoot, large black/blue discoloration middle of bottom of foot.
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A female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
5-6 MONTH WAIT!: Wow, I thought Obamacare was bad! Is it red, swollen , pus or just painful? It would be most unusual to lose your toe. I think you would need the trif... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
NEED A VISUAL.: Without being able to see it, it sounds like a fibroma. Only by seeing it and touching it would I be able to determine if a biopsy is needed. Follow-u... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
THREE REASONS: First, you're young. Do you have any general medical problems-diabetes, hypertension, kidney or heart problems? Second, a vein problem in your legs no... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
6-12 WEEKS: A surgery like this frequently requires some sort of bone grafting, for the nonunion and cyst excision. I would use a below knee cast off weight beari... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
WHAT IS IT?: The question is, is it nothing or is it something? Skin problems are really visual problems. Is it just callused skin, or something that needs a biop... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
OR BROKEN: It's sounds bad enough that an x-ray is warranted. Sincerely, Dr. Latva
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
CAN BE: "Very swollen" may be different between what you think and the surgeon thinks. "Sore"-getting better or worse? Most important; are you doing your part... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
FX?: Purple is probably subungual hematoma. Hurts a lot-fracture should be ruled out by x-ray.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
TELL YOUR SURGEON: Simple, really. Call your surgeon and let him/her decide.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
YES: Yes, you can exercise. Regarding the sun, it would help if I knew the name of the antibiotic.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
CAT SCRATCH: Rabies, probably not. Cat scratch infection from Bartonella, but that probably won 't happen either.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
TYPE OF WORK: Can you work w/ your foot elevated? Why don't you just ask your doctor.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
YES: These countries may have less access to the vaccine, and fewer pets are vaccinated against it.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
DEPENDS: Patients with gout can be classified as "overproducers" or "underexcretors" of uric acid. Lab tests are used to distinguish between the two; this coul... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
BENEFITS/RISKS: Benefit-the pain is gone. Risk-the complication rate is commonly quoted as 15-20%.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
BEST WAY.: A bone biopsy/culture. Some will use an MRI.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
FRACTURE: Falling off a curb could have resulted in severely turning the ankle. A fifth metatarsal fracture should be ruled out w/ x-rays. Maybe ankle x-rays al... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
INFECTED: Red, swollen, and sore indicate an infection. See a dr. ASAP.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
NOT DANGEROUS BUT...: the fungus won't resolve.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
SIGNS/SYMPTOMS: 1. History of trauma-bumping it hard. 2. Pain. 3. Swelling. 4. Maybe looks deformed.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
MORE INFORMATION: I would need much more information than what was provided, and maybe an xray.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
Medical issues: If it's both feet, more than likely a general medical condition like heart, kidney, or circulation issues, to name only three. Do you have a primary ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
IT CAN BE: I find the three MOST COMMON causes of heel pain are Mechanical-related to your foot structure; Neurologic-a nerve in the area is irritated causing th... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
GOOD A1C: The mainstay, I feel, is excellent glucose control monitored via A1C.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
X-RAY: Your doctor should start with a good history and physical, followed by an x-ray. Sometimes a CT scan is needed. Good luck. Dr. Latva
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
DWI: Interestingly, if stopped by police, you can be given a ticket for Driving While Impaired, the impairment being the boot or cast, even if it's on the ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
MORE INFO NEEDED: I would need the type of pain, how long, sudden onset/injury, better/worse, what helps it, what makes it worse?
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
NO WAY TO KNOW...: from your description; the toe? the nail? See your doctor; biopsy is the definitive way to know.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
ARE THEY RELATED?: Are these two problems related, or is each a distinct problem unrelated to each other? It's impossible to know w/o a physical exam. You should start w... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
DO NOTHING: After doing this a long time, I've found doing nothing is sometimes better than doing something. Procedures like a stent or bypass in the leg does not... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
NO: Only if you have had frostbite in the past. Regards, Dr. Latva
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
PAIN/SWELLING: Pain, swelling, and bruising are common. Malposition of the toe may also be observed. Dr. Latva
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
IT DEPENDS: It depends upon how extensive your surgery is (was).
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
DISEASES: Infection w/ or w/o systemic involvement, cat scratch disease, tetanus, bone or joint involvement due to its deep nature, rabies.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
BROKEN BLOOD VESSELS: When you have an injury, small blood vessels break, leaking extra fluid into the area. Also, with this breakage, blood vessels cannot remove the extra... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
PERMANENT SOLUTION: "Get rid of?" You're seeking a permanent solution? Depending upon the cause, surgery can be performed; for instance, if crooked toes are causing the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 44 years experience
YES: Yes, an x-ray for the toe, and maybe an x-ray for the ankle, with appropriate treatment. Many people do not take ankle sprains seriously enough, and s... 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! :)
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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
HealthTap member
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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