Dr Christopher Segler

Award-Winning Podiatrist and 15-Time Ironman Finisher

Award-winning researcher, renowned international lecturer and author of "Runner's Heel Pain: Self-Diagnosis and Self-Treatment", Dr. Segler's expertise and novel approach as a board-certified podiatrist is now available via course instruction.

As an accomplished runner and World Championship Ironman triathlete competitor himself, the San Francisco based foot & ankle surgeon has a unique perspective on injuries. Dr. Segler understands how important prompt return to activity can be for a runner with foot or ankle problems. His sports medicine podiatry practice focuses on keeping runners out on the road and this course series sets out to show you how.

Dr. Segler completed a three year reconstructive foot and ankle surgical residency and is licensed to practice in multiple states with top ratings from all patients he works with. He is a nationally recognize expert in running injuries, biomechanics and has been recognized with awards for research in foot and ankle surgery from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, The American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

In his own words..."Why should you listen to me?"

There are three reasons why you should listen to me:

1. I am a runner.

Of all the reasons you might want to listen to me, this likely is the best: I am a runner.

I understand the runner’s mentality. I understand that some runners might “run too much” and get an overtraining injury. I also understand why. One year, I completed one marathon and four Ironman Triathlons. By just about any standard, this would be running too much. But I survived, and I enjoyed it—so I understand what it means to run and to enjoy it.

I do not think anyone should stop running instead of seeking the appropriate treatment necessary to relieve the pain. I do not believe that “You need to stop running” is a reasonable treatment plan. I believe most runners with heel pain can run, train, and heal, all at the same time.

2. I teach other doctors how to treat injured runners.

Several times a year, I’m invited to speak at conferences where doctors receive their annual continuing medical education. I’m often invited to speak on topics including running biomechanics, subtle fracture patterns of the foot and ankle, and the treatment of complicated running injuries. After speaking at these conferences, I realized that, if I could teach physicians (many of whom don’t like to treat runners) how to diagnose and treat subtle and complicated running injuries, I also could teach runners who have no formal medical education.

Believe it or not, in some ways, it’s easier to teach non-physicians how to diagnose and treat their own injuries, because non-medical runners don’t have all the biases that are built into physicians after many years of medical training and clinical experience. You, as a non- physician, are free of the constraints of looking at a condition and wondering how you are going to bill an insurance company for it. You also are able to evaluate your injuries without concerns about legal liability. Your thoughts will not be distracted by concerns about ordering diagnostic tests simply to mitigate liability.

I started teaching runners how to diagnose their own injuries by doing remote consultations for patients overseas. I would schedule a phone consultation or Skype consultation with these people, who did not have access to Western medical care. In some cases, they were patients who happened to be in European countries and who just wanted somebody who was an expert specifically on running injuries and biomechanics. Sometimes they were patients in Southeast Asia or the Middle East. After doing many remote consultations, I realized that, if I can talk people through diagnosing their own injuries during a phone conversation, it should be simple enough to help you understand how to do the same on your own. Those discussions became the basis for the book you’re reading now.

3. I have all the less-important stuff, like high-level surgical training, prestigious academic awards, board certification, and licenses in multiple states.

The longer I am in practice, the less I believe in certifications, qualifications, and third-party credentialing. I actually believe that the least-important reason to listen to a physician is because of high-level credentials. I think that a focused interest in runners and experience as a runner are far more important. If, however, you happen to be one of those people who believe that third-party verification or credentials are the most-important factor, then you can rest assured that I have them. Here are some of mine:

  • I have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine.

  • I completed a three-year surgical reconstructive foot and ankle surgery residency, resulting in board qualification status in forefoot surgery, rear-foot reconstructive surgery, and ankle surgery.

  • I am board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

  • I have been licensed to practice in five states and never had a single complaint against me, ever. 

But above all else, I love running, understand runners and love helping them figure out how they can keep running...even when someone says you should stop. 

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