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.
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 Syndromeal other conditions are easier to localize or pinpoint.
By definition, the medical term “neuroma” means “swollen nerve” as derived from “neuro-” (referring to nerve tissue) and “-oma” (referring to tumor). In the simplest of terms a neuroma is a swollen and irritated nerve. A “Morton’s neuroma” refers specifically to a swollen nerve on the bottom of the foot between the third and fourth toes. There are other neuromas in the foot, but most occur on the bottom of the foot where they pass under a ligament before continue their course out into the toes.