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#826 How can I tell if I should have surgery to remove a big toe fracture fragment?

If you get a fracture in your big toe joint it can be easy to get talked into surgery. Especially if you see fragments on an X-ray.

Your doctor may call old broken bone pieces by a number of terms:


“Fracture fragments”

“Loose bodies”

“Surgical targets”

If your doctor points them out and starts talking about surgery, the chances are good that you’re going to want to have them removed. But there are times when surgery is totally unnecessary.

How can I tell if I really need to have surgery to remove a fracture fragment in my big toe joint?

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

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#722 3 Callus patterns show risk for Plantar Plate Sprain in runners

If you are a runner and you get pain in the ball of the foot, particularly at the base of the second toe right. It could be a plantar plate sprain.

Whenever I see a runner on webcam who has pain that sounds like a plantar plate sprain, the first thing I do is look for any callus pattern in the skin that suggests they have too much pressure and friction at that area that could injure the plantar plate ligament underneath the skin.

This episode will help you understand how certain callus patterns relate to some basic foot mechanics when you’re trying to figure out what is causing your ball of foot pain.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about three callus patterns I often see that can suggest you have a risk for getting a plantar plate sprain if you are a runner.

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