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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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Local Surgeon Successful in Florida’s first ever Custom 3-D Printed Ankle Replacement

St Petersburg, FL – On Thursday, January 18, 2018 Alexander Orthopaedic Associates (AOA) foot & ankle surgeon, Dr. Adam Perler performed the state’s first ever successful custom 3D printed partial (talus) ankle replacement. His patient, a healthy 36-year old woman, was living with severe and debilitating pain in her ankle following an injury that occurred at her job almost two years ago. The injury, which was initially diagnosed as a simple ankle sprain, caused significant damage to the cartilage on the talus located on the inner aspect of her ankle. Despite two prior surgical repair attempts to address it with an ankle scope and microfracture (traditional treatment of a defect in the cartilage) there was no improvement to the area leading to progressive posttraumatic arthritis of that part of the ankle.

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St. Petersburg Office

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates
Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS
2438 Dr. ML King Jr. St. N. | Suite A
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
PH: 727-547-4700 | FAX: 727-394-8661

Largo Office

Alexander Orthopaedic Associates
Adam D. Perler, DPM, FACFAS
12416 66th Street North | Suite A
Largo, Florida 33773
PH: 727-547-4700 | FAX: 727-394-8661

Phone: (727) 547-4700
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