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#159 When a fracture boot is necessary for a stress fracture in a runner

I really don’t like fracture walking boots for runners. I think doctors over prescribed them. When you use fracture walking boots for too long, it causes weakness, stiffness, decreased bone density, loss of neuromuscular connections, and a whole bunch of unnecessary increased risks where you getting another different overtraining injury when you’re actually back to running and full training.

Today on the Doc On the Run Podcast, we’re talking about the 3 times you really might need a fracture walking boot if you’re a runner with a metatarsal stress fracture.

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#138 Fracture in the ball of the foot. Getting back to running with Coach Craig Moss

Today on the Doc on the Run podcast, we’re talking about a fracture in the ball of the foot and what it takes to get back to running with Coach Craig Moss.

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Traumatic Fracture of the Metatarsal

A traumatic metatarsal fracture is a crack or break in one of the five metatarsal bones found in the foot. They can cause pain in the ball of the foot.  A suspected metatarsal fracture warrants an evaluation by a foot fracture specialist, even if initial treatment has been started in the emergency room. This article discusses everything you ever wanted to know about how to tell if you have a foot fracture and their treatment. 

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Neuropathy

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Metatarsal Stress Fracture explained by San Francisco Podiatrist and Runner

A metatarsal stress fracture is a crack or break in one of the five metatarsal bones found in the foot. Sometimes these fractures will cause pain in the ball of the foot. A suspected stress fracture warrants an evaluation by a foot fracture specialist, even if initial treatment has been started in the emergency room. Runners and triathletes should stop any activity until they make sure the bone isn't broken.

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Corns and Calluses

A Callus (or callous) is an especially toughened area of skin which has become relatively thick and hard as a response to repeated contact or pressure. Since repeated contact is required, calluses are most often found on hands or feet.                 

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Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a bending or contracture of one or more joints in the little toes. Because the abnormal bending in the toes increases pressure under the ball of the foot and the top of the toes, this can cause pain. Many people with hammertoes have a great deal of difficulty fitting into shoes because the top of the shoe rubs on the top of the toe joint.

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Lesser Metatarsal Overload

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Metatarsalgia

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Capsulitis/Predislocation Syndrome

Like any other type of pain, a sharp or aching pain in the ball of the foot can be distracting when you walk or run. Unlike stress fractures that often seem to be related to more diffuse pain, Predislocation Syndrome is easier to localize or pinpoint.

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