Thank you Dr. Lai! If they gave more stars I’d give them on this review

I waited to write this review until my full year recovery.
I was a 55 year old patient with reconstructive surgery on 3 metatarsals. They were broken in a multitude of places. Adding to this my bones mended before surgery due to the fact that my original X-rays from the podiatrist appeared less complicated. Dr. Lai who has a pleasant demeanor took additional X-rays because I wasn’t mending properly. So he actually had to break and reset my metatarsals. I consider myself fortunate to have had such an outstanding surgeon. Dr. Lai was also top notch with my stitches. You can barely see them. I have no pain a year later and I walk as part of my exercise and enjoyment in my life. If they gave more stars I’d give them on this review. Thank you Dr. Lai and your entire surgical staff!
Cecilia Murphy
– Wildwood, NJ

Golf Injuries to the Foot and Ankle

Although golf does not involve running or jumping, injuries can occur to the foot and ankle. Golfers should be aware Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis can be exacerbated by excessive walking on the golf course. 

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)

Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst.

Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and to determine the underlying source of your heel pain.


What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.

Causes

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis relates to faulty structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis.

Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity and overuse may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.

 

Symptoms

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My Ankle Story…

Patient: John Sugden
Physician: Ted C. Lai, DPM

Lai-JohnI had a bad ankle and hadn’t been able to walk
without it giving out for the last 15 years, until I met Dr. Lai!

I had been to a couple of doctors, but never got an answer I was comfortable with. They talked about bone grafts and ankle replacement or just plain fusing it. So, I continued to wrap it and wear high boots that laced up into the calf so I could walk.

I went to see Dr. Lai and told my wife, the first time he says six months on crutches, I am leaving. I told him what I had been through up to this point and he said he has new procedures that can be done and if the dead bone was my only problem I would be back on my feet in no time. I had torn all of the tendons and ligaments in the ankle as well as fracturing it at some point. He said he would fix the dead bone problem minimally invasively and then take the tendons and ligaments apart to weave them back together the way they belonged. He told me I would be non-weight bearing for 6-8 weeks on crutches and then in a boot for four months. This was a lot better than being non-weight bearing for a year, so I said let’s do it.

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