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#827 Do I have to wait for a callus to go away before I can run?

I just saw a woman with an extremely painful callus on the bottom of her foot. She got a type of callus doctors call an “intractable plantar keratosis.” When you get one of these calluses, it turns into a tiny rock hard callus embedded deep in the skin on the bottom of the foot.

It hurts. It’s like having a little rock taped to your foot. In theory, you can start running as soon as the callus is removed.

But the real question is whether or not running right away will increase the probability of getting the same callus again.

Do I have to wait for my callus to go away before I can run?

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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#775 How does callus show healing on non-displaced fractures?

Today’s episode comes from a question on the Doc On The Run YouTube channel. We were talking about how bone callus shows up as evidence of healing after a fracture in a runner.

Her question was:

“If there was no visible gap in between the bones where the fracture is, will the callus still be visible on the X-ray ? How will the callus show for non-displaced fractures on imaging? Thank you so much for creating this channel and for sharing all your expertise to the world.”

How does callus show healing on non-displaced fractures?

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

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#740 My pinky toenail split in half

Just this week, I got a call from an injured runner about a new problem. I’ve seen him before for some other issues, but in this case.

He said that he thought maybe he actually had an ingrown toenail on his pinky or that the toenail itself had split in half and it was bugging him a little bit.

I said “Well, send me a picture. I’ll take a look and see.”

My pinky toenail split in half. Is that a problem?

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

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#728 6 Stages of fracture healing in runners explained

Every runner with a stress fracture wants to know “when can I run?”

How soon you can start running after a foot fracture really depends on when you have enough strength in the bone so that the healing fracture will withstand the forces applied during running without breaking the bone again.

It all depends on what you do to speed up (or slow down) the bone healing process. The rate of fracture healing depends on your physiology, and it depends on stages of bone healing.

But it does NOT depend entirely on generic timelines.

How long is each stage of fracture healing when you have a broken bone?

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

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#725 Does callus reduction decrease risk of plantar plate sprain?

I got a specific question about a recent episode on calluses in runners.

The question was, “Well, if you have that pattern of callus, and reduce the thickness of the callus so the callus is going away, does that mean there is less pressure there?”

You may have checked out the episode on the three callus patterns that I see in runners at high risk for getting a plantar plate injury.

Does callus reduction reduce your risk or decrease the risk that you’re going to get a plantar plate sprain?

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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#716 What is a bone callus in a metatarsal stress fracture

When you get an injury to a bone like a metatarsal stress fracture, you can develop a thing called a “bone callus.”

You might even see it as a lump visible on the x-ray in your doctors office.

Whether the lump is made up of hard bone, fibrocartilage or something in between, it may help you to understand the significance of that lump in your foot.

When the bone callous appears, and the size of the bone callous itself, can tell your whole lot about your progression of healing, and whether or not you might get other problems in the future.

What is a bone callus in a metatarsal stress fracture? Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On the Run Podcast!

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#267 Bulge in metatarsal bone stress fracture on x-ray

A runner with a stress fracture just called me for a phone consultation.

He was concerned because he got an X-ray and saw a bulge in the bone.

The question was whether or not this bulging area of healing bone in the stress fracture was a good thing or a bad thing.

More than anything else he just wanted to know if the lump of bone on the x-ray was an indication that it was okay to start running.

Sometimes a lump of bone on your x-ray is good thing, but sometimes a bad thing.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not a bulge in your metatarsal bone on an x-ray of a stress fracture tells you if it is healed enough to start running.

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