Well, its hard to believe but today is episode #500. And that’s what we’re talking about on the Doc On The Run Podcast!
If you only get one thing from this episode, let it be this…Thank you!
From the bottom of my heart I am grateful for you as a listener of the show!
I recently read a study on Podcasts that reported 56.1% of podcasts had 10 episodes or fewer, and 17% had 50 episodes or more. The mean number of episodes was only 30.1.
More than 10 years ago I started writing a blog talking about running injuries, and the various treatments that we as physicians offer. A few years later, at which point I had actually only listened to a few podcasts myself, I thought it might be useful to start recording a podcast to talk about foot and ankle injuries in injured runners.
I had no idea whether or not anyone would listen. I didn’t know if anybody would find it interesting. Truth is I thought I would run out of content ideas pretty quickly.
Let’s face it, there’re only so many things that can go wrong when you’re running.
But there’re also many ways to start making things go right when you get injured!
So when I started the Doc On The Run Podcast I really thought that I might only come up with
about 50 episodes or so.
But so far today we have over 250,000 on the Doc On The Run Podcast episodes downloads. Over 1,000,000 video views on YouTube on the Doc On The Run Youtube Channel. And as of today 500 Doc ON The Run Podcast episodes!
When I started the podcast I just thought I would answer some random questions from injured runners. But what started to happen is that injured runners who listened to the podcast started to ask me questions that I would never have come up with on my own.
Can I run while I heal this stress fracture?
Should I just stop on my exercise so I can heal faster?
Do I really need to get an MRI I have a planter plate sprain?
Over time what I started to learn is that normal treatment approaches we are all taught in medical school, which always work for the majority of patients, the majority of the time, are not always appropriate (nor best) for an injured runner who really wants to continue running.
Now, when I lecture on running injuries at medical conferences most of what I teach is based on tips, tricks and strategies I learned from producing the Doc On The Run Podcast. All doctors learn how to treat stress fractures in medical school. Every podiatrist and knows how to treat plantar fasciitis.
But what we as doctors are never taught in medical school his how to prioritize your athletic goals over the standard paradigms, and conservative treatment regimens they can actually decimate your fitness and be counter to your long-term goals of continuing to run.
I am grateful for the questions, insights and knowledge I learned. Getting to answer all of your question has really made me a much better doctor and much better as helping injured runners stay fit while they recover from overtraining injuries.