San Francisco, CA – May 23, 2003 – San Francisco Podiatrist and Bay Area Foot Surgeon Dr. Christopher Segler was chosen as the recipient of the “Award for Excellence in Research” from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. The college presented this award to Dr. Segler in order to recognize the “vital role” research plays in the field of podiatry and in college efforts to add to the well-being of podiatry patients.
While in podiatric medical school in San Francisco, Dr. Segler was heavily involved in medical research. He recieved a grant from the Americal Alpine Club in order to fund the largest research project ever conducted on lower extremity injuries sustained while rock climbing. As a rock climber himself, Dr. segler felt it was imperative that an investigation be conducted to determine why climbers sustain foot and ankle injuries. By publishing the research he hoped to better educate podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons about the mechanisms of climbing injuries. After the project was completed, Dr. Segler was invited to present this research in Aspen, Colorado at the annual meeting of the Wilderness Medical Society.
Dr. Segler also received grant funding from Aircast to conduct a clinic trial at Fairmont Hospital (in the San Francisco Bay Area) while at the California College of Podiatric Medicine. The goal of the project was to determine whether or not pneumaticfracture walking boots would speed healing of diabetic foot ulcerations. Slow healing diabetic foot ulcers are know as a leading cause of preventable diabetic foot amputations in the Bay Area.
Other research that led to Dr. Segler being chosen for the award included a published case series on the surgical removal of rare tumors of the foot know as pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS). The tumors are often misdiagnosed as a ganglion cyst in young adults. The series was written in conjunction with other podiatrists in San Francisco and Daly City. That paper was published in theJournal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. This was the very first time these tumor had ever been found and described in the calcaneocuboid joint of the foot.
Dr. Segler also worked as the Senior Editor of the San Francisco based medical journal entitle The Foot and Ankle Review. In addition, he published multiple abstracts in the Compendium of Podiatric Medicine. In all, Dr. Segler published 23 scientific articles and abstracts prior to graduating from the Podiatry school in San Francisco. When asked about the award, he said, “I was certainly honored and surprised to have been acknowledged by the college with this honor. I am grateful to all of my college and the other podiatrist who help me complete all of these projects. Without their help, it just would not have been possible.”
Dr. Segler is a San Francisco based Podiatrist and Foot Surgeon. He has departed form the standard podiatry practice model of long waits for patients in a podiatry clinic. Instead he offers the incredible convenience of podiatry house calls to his patients (at their homes or offices) in the San Francisco Bay Area. He can reached directly at (415) 303-0833.