Michael Lai, D.P.M.
Dr. Michael Lai is an American Podiatrist who has spent over a decade since 2009 practicing podiatric medicine in Singapore. Dr. Lai is a well-known podiatrist in Singapore who has been featured on the media such as appearing on Class 95FM, Channel 8, and on countless educational videos and interviews that can be found across social media platforms. Patients seeking Dr. Lai for consultations can find him at East Coast Podiatry, Kembangan branch.
In private practice, Dr. Lai serves as Principal Podiatrist at East Coast Podiatry where he continues to use his specialist expertise to treat everyone from children with complex foot deformities, to elderly with leg and feet joint pains.
Dr. Lai received his surgical training and hospital residency training in the United States. He received his doctorate from the prestigious New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999. As a specialist of the lower limb, Dr. Lai worked in major hospitals in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Dr. Lai was recognized for his public health service at SGH with multiple Singhealth service quality awards. He has been interviewed on the media on multiple occasions and educates the general public through many health awareness videos. Dr. Lai also actively participates in professional education seminars and public health awareness campaigns. Among other events, he has lectured at the Singapore Expo (Footcare for Diabetic Elderly), the Inaugural International Orthopaedic Nursing Congress, the Supreme Court of Singapore, as well as written for the Straits Times on foot disorders.
“In the many years of my professional career as a doctor for the lower extremities, I have seen too many children grow up with leg and foot disorders that could have been prevented during their childhood. I believe that this can be changed in Singapore with early awareness and education.”
Dr. Lai graduated as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999. From 1999 to 2007, he worked and trained as a resident doctor in various major hospitals and clinic centres in the USA: The Foot Clinics of New York, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, St. Vincent’s Catholic Medial Centre, and the New Jersey Veterans Administration Health Care System. He also trained in a surgical fellowship under distinguished podiatric professors at the Yale University School of Medicine.
After arriving in Singapore, Dr. Lai served for 6 years at Singapore General Hospital: first as a Senior Podiatrist, then as Principal Podiatrist. During this time, he was active in patient care, the training of new podiatrists, and public health administrative duties such as the drafting and updating of official clinical protocols.
Dr. Lai trained under luminaries in the field of podiatry such as Dr. Justin Wernick and Dr. Sheldon Langer, the founders of industry pioneer Langer Biomechanics Inc. As a result of these formative experiences, Dr. Lai has honed an intuitive clinical grasp of the myriad biomechanical conditions which can result in lower limb pain and dysfunction. Dr. Lai brings to bear his years of experience working in various major hospitals and medical centres in the United States. He utilises the podiatric strategy of risk prevention and limb salvage to help elderly patients avoid joint replacements, and to save diabetic patients from progressing to amputation.
- General treatments (incl. scalpel work for wound debridement)
- Shockwave Therapy (radial, focused)
- Prescription Shoe Insoles (foot orthotics)
- Prescription Ankle Foot Orthotics (for conditions such as drop foot)
- Nail Surgery (minimal invasive technique with nailbed ablation)
- Ultrasound Diagnostic Scanning
- Sports Taping
- Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
- Advanced Medical Shockwave Application (Focused & Radial) ISMST
- Advanced Shockwave Application for fascia conditions
- Advanced clinical assessments for musculoskeletal conditions
- Treating drop foot and ankle deformity conditions with ankle foot orthoses
- Sport Taping for stabilisation and increasing mobile function
- Techniques on advance biomechanics assessment
- Diagnostic ultrasound imaging
- Sports Medicine
- Vascular Conditions of the lower extremity
- Orthopaedic related conditions
- Wound Healing
- Orthotics design