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Why Cheap Flip-Flops Are a Total Flop for Healthy Feet

are cheap flip flops bad for your feet?

From a podiatry point of view, flip-flops have historically been controversial as footwear. Flip-flops have been blamed for a variety of foot and ankle ailments that range from sprains to fractures and a number of other conditions. While it is true that some flip-flops are more dangerous than others, Kansas City Foot Specialists would like to provide you with some guidelines to help you find a pair of flip-flops that are safe and fit properly.

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A podiatrist (DPM) or Medical Doctor (MD): Which is Best for Foot and Ankle Care?

What’s the difference between a DPM and an MD when it comes to treating foot, ankle, and lower leg problems? Would it surprise you to learn that DPMs -- doctors of podiatric medicine -- are far more than simply foot doctors? While a medical doctor may be trained to treat a wide array of problems and complaints, only podiatrists are thoroughly and specifically trained to treat the lower legs, feet, and ankles. Many podiatrists are trained to treat the patient as a whole person, integrating care of the legs, feet, and ankles, to meet the patient’s needs in ways that support the entire body and the patient’s ability to live a full life.

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8 Tips to Prevent Swollen Feet When Flying

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Depending on how far you’re traveling by plane, you may be expected to stay seated for several hours at a time. Those who travel frequently by plane might suffer from swollen feet as a result of not being able to move around freely. While you can’t always get up to walk around depending on the size of your plane and on weather conditions, the best way to prevent your feet from swelling is to move around as much as you can to encourage blood flow.

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What You Need to Know About Your Children & Sports Injuries

young boy at soccer game sitting out with sports injury

As the weather continues to get warmer, youth sports are picking back up. Youth sports are a great way to engage children in teamwork and physical activity but, for some kids, it could lead to bumps and bruises or even more serious injury. We’re breaking down how to know when a sports injury is minor, or more serious, and what you can do about them.

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Featured Doctor: David B. Laha, DPM, FACFAS


David B. LahaA specialist in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot, Dr. Laha has extensive training in reconstructive foot surgery and sports medicine of the lower extremities. He takes pride in providing quality, personal care for his patients.

Kansas Born and Raised

A Kansas native, born in Winchester and raised in Centralia, Dr. Laha has been practicing in the Kansas City area since 1985. 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.

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