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The Iron Chef Surgeon

By Adam D Perler, DPM, FACFAS

There is nothing more rewarding as a design surgeon than having a product come to market that you have had a substantial influence in regards to its development from napkin sketch to market launch, much like a chef watching from the kitchen as customer leans back in their chair with a huge smile on their face following the initial taste of a brand new delectable and palate pleasing dish served up by a true master of the culinary arts.

In this segment, I want to talk a little bit about surgeons as innovators. Just like cooks and chefs in culinary world, surgeons vary quite a bit in regards to their specialty, experience, and training. It is no secret that some of the world’s best chefs are not, in fact creative and outside the box with their talents, but instead possess a certain drive to master their technique and cook within their comfort level or precisely execute an already existing recipe.

This is clearly evident when you tune in to one of the cooking channels or Food Network and watch a few episodes of TOP Chef, Iron Chef or Chopped. Usually, the chefs who win most frequently are the ones with good time management skills, can think on their toes and possess a masters level knowledge of how to work their ingredients. They are not always the most creative… but the best executors. The same can be said of surgeons. Some of the top surgeons are not the innovative creators… but master level executors who have a laser focus and knowledge of what tools they need and feel most comfortable with to get an optimum and highly reproducible outcome for their patients.

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The Surprising Plantar Fasciitis Treatment You Probably Haven’t Heard About

Runners World
By Robert Annis February 19, 2019

Last fall, I got to chatting with Peter McAllister, M.D., neurologist and Chief Medical Officer of the New England Institute for Clinical Research, when the talk turned to toxins—botulism toxin, to be exact, or better known as Botox.

Commonly thought of as a way for the Real Housewives of Anywhere to claw back the hands of time, Botox is actually FDA-approved for a variety of other, more serious medical maladies, including limb spasticity after stroke, overactive muscle disorders, excessive sweating, and chronic migraines. For the last several years, McAllister, one of the world’s leading authorities on Botox’s therapeutic uses, has been using it to treat one of runners’ most common complaints, plantar fasciitis.

Just as Botox is used to temporarily smooth out wrinkles (injected underneath the skin, it paralyzes the muscles allowing them to relax), it can also relieve the pain and pressure on the inflamed ligament that runs underneath your foot. McAllister says he’s treated about 150 plantar fasciitis patients with promising results.

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5 Cutting-Edge Arthritis Treatments All Runners Should Know About

Runners World
By Cassie Shortsleeve March 19, 2019

Running doesn’t cause arthritis. Really: A study published just last year in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that veteran marathoners had about half as much arthritis as their non-running counterparts. Not only that, but a more recent study published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, shows that regular exercise actually helps prevent cartilage damage caused by arthritis by minimizing the inflammatory molecules that cause the pain and stiffness.

But the population is far from immune from the condition that’s marked by joint pain, inflammation, and a gradual wearing down of cartilage (the smooth connective tissue that protects your joints). “Runners get up to five times their body weight of force through their joints with each step,” says Florida podiatrist and podiatric surgeon Adam Perler, D.P.M. “This adds up to over two tons of accumulative pressure each day exerted on normal functioning joints.” And that’s just part of the reason we pavement pounders can wind up with an arthritis diagnosis—injury, genetics (some people are simply born with more durable cartilage), and alignment issues can also play a role in arthritis.

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Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS
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Largo, Florida 33773
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