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#851 Can I use a bone stimulator for a broken toe?

Yesterday, I was doing a consultation with an athlete who broke one of her toes when she accidentally kicked a piece of furniture.

If you fracture your toe, and you just run and ignore it, it can turn into a painful nonunion (non-healed fracture).

As a runner, you want to speed the healing as much as possible. One of the ways to stimulate fracture healing is with a thing called a bone stimulator.

This particular athlete actually happened to already have a bone stimulator. Her question was pretty obvious:

“Can I just use that bone stimulator for this broken toe since it’s a different kind of fracture?”

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the doc on the run podcast.

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#850 Medial calcaneal neuritis vs Baxter’s neuritis in runners with heel pain

If you’re a runner with heel pain you may think you have plantar fasciitis. But if it is not getting better, your heel pain may be caused by “neuritis.”

I was just giving a lecture to a group of physicians getting their continuing medical education credits at the International foot Medical Foundation medical conference in Lake Tahoe.

I was giving a lecture called “When Heel Pain is NOT Plantar Fasciitis in Runners.” One of the conditions I was talking about was “medial calcaneal neuritis.”

One of the doctors in the audience asked a really great question…

He said, “I see a lot of people that have Baxter’s neuritis, and it’s down on the bottom of the heel it’s plantar , it’s not on the side of the heel, it’s not medial neuritis, it’s different. What would you do to tell the difference between these two conditions in a runner, given the circumstances you just explained in the talk?”

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about medial calcaneal neuritis versus Baxter’s neuritis in a runner.

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#849 How dress shoes with long toe box act as a lever to stress plantar plate

I recently did a consultation with a runner who had gotten a plantar plate injury. He had been getting better by using some of the tricks I teach in the Plantar Plate Course For Runners.

He got better, he was protecting it, he reduced the stress and strain on the ligament, and he got back to running. He was doing great.

But then he had a setback when he went to the synagogue. He was dressed up and wearing some fancy dress shoes, and he started to get plantar plate pain again.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how dress shoes with a long toe box can actually work as a lever against your plantar plate.

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#848 Can a Cortisone injection as stop gap for plantar fasciitis in runner

I was just at the International Foot & Ankle foundation meeting in Lake Tahoe listening to a lecture given by a Professor of Biomechanics and Podiatric Medicine at Barry University.

He said that a cortisone injection can be used as a “stop gap treatment” in heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

The idea is that some runners may need pain relief sooner than would normally be expected. It is true that corticosteroid injections can reduce the inflammation in and around the plantar fascia and quickly reduce pain.

When I had “normal practice” with “normal patients,” I used to treat plantar fasciitis with corticosteroid injections pretty much daily.

But I almost never do plantar fascia cortisone injections now.

Can a corticosteroid injection serve as a stop gap for runners with heel pain?

That’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#847 Worse exercise for plantar plate when building uphill strength

I just had a conversation with a runner who has a plantar plate injury.

He got the plantar plate sprain trying to build his uphill running strength in preparation for a trail race.

This is no rookie mistake. He is a longtime ultra marathoner with lots of experience. But he made a common mistake determined runners can make.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about one of the worst exercises you can do if you have a plantar plate sprain and you’ve been trying to build your uphill running strength for a trail race.

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#846 How to patch test for tape allergy

Taping is one of the oldest and simplest ways to treat foot pain and injuries to the toes, feet and ankles.
There is a specific way to take your ankles after an ankle sprain so you can start running earlier.
If you have a plantar plate sprain you might try taping the toe to decrease some of the stress and strain on the plantar plate ligament when you run.
If you have a broken toe, buddy-splinting with tape can really help hold the broken bone still so it can hurt less and heal faster.
But if your skin gets irritated, and you are forced to stop using it, the tape can’t help you at all.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how to patch test for tape allergy.

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#845 What is hyperemia in medical imaging of shin splints?

I recently saw an elite runner who had what he thought was shin splints. One of the findings on the MRI report was something called “hyperemia.”

He asked me:

“What does that mean? Does that mean I have a stress fracture? Does that mean I have shin splints?”

What does hyperemia mean when you see it on an MRI report or an ultrasound report and you have something like shin splints or a tibial stress reaction?

Well, good question and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#844 When is fracture boot really needed with metatarsal stress fracture?

I believe the most commonly prescribed and most overprescribed treatment for injured runners is probably a fracture walking boot.

The big question for your doctor is…

Is the fracture walking boot really necessary or not, given my stage of injury recovery?

When is a fracture walking boot really necessary for a metatarsal stress fracture?

Well, that’s a great question and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#843 Overtraining injuries are caused by weakness

When you get an overtraining injury from running, it’s not because you did too much, because you were too strong or too motivated.

You got injured because you were too weak.

You were too weak to sustain the stress applied to that piece of tissue, that one injured piece of tissue that got injured when you did one workout.

That’s what really happened.

If you get injured, you have to understand how to correct that specific weakness.

Understanding this is crucial.

Overtraining injuries in runners are actually caused by weakness.

And that’s what we’re talking about today in the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#842 What is cortical thickening that precedes a stress fracture?

There are a lot of confusing things you can see on an MRI report, on an x-ray report or an ultrasound report when you’re a runner with pain that you think might be a stress fracture.

One of those findings that may be reported on your medical imaging study is a thing called “cortical thickening.”

I want to explain what that is so you can better understand it in case you happen to see it on an MRI report, x-ray report or in your doctor’s notes.

What is cortical thickening that precedes a stress fracture?

Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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