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Get To Know Your NYC Foot Surgeon: Dr. Katherine Lai

Posted by on Monday, June 19th, 2017


There are plenty of claims for “Best Podiatrist in NYC,” and one doctor even calls himself “the Bunion King of New York.” With so many choices, we thought we’d help you out by going a step further than just listing our credentials. Our “Get To Know Your Foot Surgeon” spotlight series reveals the passion behind the practitioners at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine—plus a few fun details about our board-certified podiatric surgeons and foot/ankle specialists. After all, why not go to an office where you’ll be in good company and feel comfortable? So far you’ve met Dr. Mariola Rivera, the NYC Latino community’s favorite bilingual foot doctor; Dr. Ryan Minara, our steak-eating, Jeopardy-loving safari adventurer with a passion for complex foot issues like Charcot deformity; and our center’s founder, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, an avid marathon runner with five children, numerous surgical device patents, and a belief in “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Now in our most recent interview, you’ll meet Dr. Katherine Lai, our resident biopuncture expert with an adventurous spirit and love of cooking.

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What first inspired you to get involved in the medical field?

I had several relatives that were doctors, so as far back as I can remember, I’d always wanted to be a doctor.

How did you end up choosing to specialize in podiatry?

I like the variety of conditions that podiatrists treat. One patient might have a dermatological foot problem, another patient might have a problem that requires surgery, another a neurological foot issue.

What are the most common medical issues you treat?

Plantar fasciitis, bunions/hammertoes, diabetic foot issues, neuromas, foot and ankle sprains, tendinitis, fungus, [and] ingrown nails are all issues I treat on a regular basis.

What were the most unusual medical issues you’ve encountered? 

One patient that was in the Caribbean on vacation came back with a cutaneous larva migrans (hookworm) infection.

What types of medical issues do you find most interesting or rewarding, from a physician’s perspective?

I like counseling patients about preventative care to keep issues from occurring or recurring after treatment.

What is the most common piece of advice that you dispense to patients?  

Stretch your calf muscles! So many people have tight calf muscles, which greatly affects foot function.

What personality traits help you excel at work?

Patience and empathy. If you’re going to be a doctor, you’d better have these two qualities!

And a few fun questions…..

What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?

I love hiking or just spending time with family and friends.

What was the last thing you watched on TV?

Farmhouse Rules on Food Network. For some reason, Nancy’s mottos, “Fresh is best; no frills, no fuss
and, “It’s always better with family” get stuck in my head.

What’s your favorite type of food?


What is your favorite vacation destination?

I love exploring new places, so I don’t have one favorite place. I like places where there’s a lot to see and do and eat!  My most recent trip was hiking Taroko Gorge in Taiwan.

What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

Skiing, hiking, biking, walking, running. Recently, I started going to a yoga class to help with flexibility and balance, which has been really helpful.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

From a sermon I once heard: “God is not your co-pilot.”

Do you have any hobbies?  

Trying new recipes.

If you’re suffering from a foot or ankle ailment, turn to some of the top NY foot surgeons! Request your foot/ankle consultation with Dr. Katherine Lai at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC by clicking here.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.