Congratulations Dr. Lai for being named to Becker’s distinguished List of Foot & Ankle Surgeons!

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38 foot and ankle surgeons to know | 2020
November 17, 2020
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Becker’s is thrilled to feature 38 foot and ankle surgeons to know in 2020
The surgeons and specialists featured on this list have led accomplished careers and hold leadership positions at some of the top institutions across the U.S. The list was developed through nominations and internal research. Individuals do not pay and cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

Dr. Lai began his practice in 2017 after completing a fellowship at The Orthopedic Group of Pittsburgh. He focuses his practice on minimally invasive procedures and diabetic limb reconstruction. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Lai engages in research and has authored multiple chapters on foot and ankle surgery.

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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