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#853 Broken toe can I compete in 4 weeks?

Last night, I was doing a consultation with an athlete who actually broke one of her toes and her main question was:

Can I compete in four weeks? I have a competition in four weeks, I want to compete. Do you think I’ll be ready?

Well, I actually told her, no joke, I actually said, “I’m very sorry, but my crystal ball is broken.”

However, I can tell you how to figure that out because that is what I teach athletes to figure out when they do the Fast Track challenge.

I have a broken toe and I want to compete in four weeks. Is it possible?

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

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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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#767 Biggest danger with popping a broken toe back in place (avascular necrosis)

I had a question on one of my YouTube videos in which I was trying to explain the procedure for broken toes called “closed reduction.” That’s the fancy term for popping the broken bone back in place or “re-setting the fracture.”

You may have heard someone say, “Well, I had a fracture and the doctor had to “set it” or the doctor had “put the broken bone back in place.”

There is a risk and a benefit to everything. Even with non-surgical fracture treatment.

Putting a fractured piece of bone (in a broken toe) back where it belongs is more likely to make it heal in the right position, because you put it back in the right position.

If you leave the broken bone in the wrong position, it may heal and then cause problems later because it’s crooked.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about the biggest danger with popping a broken toe back in place.

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#485 Should a runner ice a broken toe?

Every treatment in medicine has pluses and minuses. Applying ice is no different. Ice can make some things better, and some things worse.

If you ice something, in general it will calm that inflammatory response, reduce the pain and make you more comfortable.

But your goal is to get back to running as quickly as possible, not to just make you feel better.

Today on the Doc on the Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not an injured runner should ice a broken toe.

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#468 Recovering after fracture should I ramp up running intensity today?

If you want to get back to running faster after a foot fracture (or any overtraining injury), the whole key is make sure that you are increasing your activity to get stronger, instead of just sitting around and waiting, while you get weaker.
But the only way you can do that is with constant readjustment based on how you feel and what happens in response to that activity during that recovery process.
This episode is about runner with a healing fracture who was told by a doctor, “don’t run.” Instead he was supposed to wait for another x-ray to prove it was healed.
And after I did a consultation call with him, I actually cleared him to start running now.
Today on the Doc on the Run Podcast, we’re talking about a recovering runner with a fracture who wants to ramp up his intensity today.

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#222 What if I run and my broken toe does not heal?

I just got off a call with a runner who broke his little toe and he is trying to get back to running.

Pain when running is one signal that you are disrupting the healing process.

His main question was if he could run without pain, is it okay to run on the broken toe before it is fully healed?

He is concerned that if he runs and the broken toe doesn’t heal, that would obviously lead to problems and he doesn’t want to have a non-healed broken toe.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about what happens if you run and your broken toe does not heal.

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#212 What is a displaced vs non displaced fracture? 

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about the difference between a displaced vs non-displaced fracture, and what it means if you are a runner. If you’re a runner and you walk through your living room and you accidentally kick the coffee table or you catch your toe on a bedpost or […]

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#204 Rock climbing is a lot like sports medicine

This weekend I was rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park with my son. At one point he started climbing up to a point where we were going to practice rappelling.

He chose to climb up a way I knew was more difficult than necessary. But he wanted to proceed, so I let him.

You have to know whether or not you can proceed with the given activity without getting hurt.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about how rock climbing is a lot like sports medicine.

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