Any time you get a running injury you are facing a tremendous task. You might think that your job is to get help and heal the injuries quickly as possible. But that would only be partially correct.
Your real job as an injured runner is to seek the full solution.
When you go to the doctor with a stress fracture you’re going to get the standard routine. The standard routine involves x-rays limitations of activity (as in no running) and most often a fracture walking boot for 4 to 6 weeks.
When you go to the doctor with plantar fasciitis you’re going to get the standard routine. The standard routine often involves a heel spur injection, limitations of activity (as in no running) and a night splint or some stretching exercises.
When you go to the doctor with Achilles tendon ideas you’re going to get the standard routine. The standard routine often involves an MRI, limitations of activity (as in no running) and possibly a PRP injection or even surgery if you don’t get better.
Make no mistake, doctors using standard routines that work well for most of their patients are never doing the wrong thing. But you’re not a standard patient. You are a runner. And if you really want to run after your injury heals, you need to do something different it goes above and beyond the standard routine.
Getting something that will work better for you as a runner starts by explaining that running the goal. Healing the injury is simply one step in achieving your goal. You have to focus the doctor’s attention on addressing your return to running beginning on the very first day the doctor assesses your injury.
Finding a full solution means that you are going to make sure you maintain your running fitness while you heal the injury.
Don’t just settle for a cookie cutter solution design for average patients with average aspirations. Remember, your job is to look for the full solution!