If you are reading this, maybe you have sesamoiditis, a sesamoid stress reaction or a metatarsal stress fracture.
This is a real example from a real patient. This story really illustrates how MRIs can show misleading clues leading to a potential misdiagnosed leading your doctor astray.
It is crucial that you focus more on your running goals, your injury progress and what it really means precisely where you have pain in your foot. Then and only then can the MRI findings be put in the proper perspective.
Too much emphasis on MRI findings can make you think you have a different injury.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast we’re talking about how sesamoid pain got misdiagnosed as fourth and fifth metatarsal stress reactions.
How do you know your injury is improving? How do you know that you got the green light to start running? How do you know it is healed?
Well, when I talk to runners, most of them say something like:
“Well, my x-ray shows this. Does that mean that I can run?”
“My blood test showed that, does that mean I can run?”
“My doctor said this, but I heard that on some other podcast, so does that mean I can run?”
There is lots of confusion around how you can tell when you are getting better as you start regaining running fitness after an injury starts to heal. Timing is the crucial piece of information if you really want to run.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about two ways an injured runner can tell the injury is actually improving.
I was recently invited to give a lecture at a foot and ankle medical conference in Seattle. I was giving a talk called Conservative Treatment of Ankle Sprains in Runners Who Want To Run.
This was an attempt to teach physicians what I do with ankle sprains. Mostly I was trying to get them to think about what they need to do to get runners back to running as quickly as possible instead of just doing the standard ankle sprain protocols with their patients.
The Ottawa Ankle Rules are a set of rules that were created in Canada to reduce people from getting unnecessary ankle X-rays when they have an ankle sprain and go to the emergency room.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about a common fracture missed by the Ottawa Ankle Rules.