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#733 Doctors goal with fracture boot vs your goal with boot

If you want to run as soon as possible after an injury, you may need aggressive treatment like immobilization in a cast or a fracture walking boot.

When I lecture at medical conferences, I talk a lot about why I believe fracture walking boots are over-prescribed, overused and often used way too long in many injured runners for common overtraining injuries.

In talking to another runner the other day, I was thinking about the specific goals that are in conflict between you and your doctor.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about doctor’s goals when they give you a fracture walking boot versus your goals when you’re wearing a fracture walking boot and you’re a runner.

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#466 Procedure vs Process in Healing Faster

A little over a couple of weeks ago, I was working on my motorcycle, and I accidentally cut myself open.
Long story short…I let a middle school kid put the stitches in the wound.
In this episode we talk about how that turned out.
We also talk about how that story applies to running injury recovery.
Which is more important when you have surgery to heal a running injury?
Is the actual procedure done by the surgeon the most important?
Or is the process of injury recovery after the surgery more important?
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast we’re talking about procedure vs process in healing faster.

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#382 What are bilateral bipartite sesamoid bones in a runner?

This episode comes from a question from one of the Doc on the Run YouTube channel viewers who wanted to know about “bilateral bipartite sesamoid bones” and what that really means.
I get these kind of questions all the time, when somebody really wants to know what a term means, and what the implications are for them as a runner. Usually the runner is trying to figure out how to keep running while the sesamoid heals.
Sometimes the concern is a sesamoid stress fracture or a condition like sesamoiditis where you start to get pain under the big toe joint.
If you see a doctor, they look at your x-rays, they may tell you, “Oh, you have bilateral bipartite sesamoids.”
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about bilateral bipartite sesamoid bones in a runner.

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#359 How running injuries compare to savings accounts

I am sure that you have heard your running buddies use an analogy:

“We just banked another long run.”

“We got another hard workout in the bank.”

All these efforts and investments in our training add up. They create this great store of energy for us. The accumulation of fitness is what prepares us for a marathon an Ironman, or an ultra-marathon.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about how running injuries are a lot like a savings account.

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#323 The 3 biggest mistakes injured runners make

Every day, all day, I help injured runners get back to running.

I have noticed runners consistently make crucial mistakes in each of the three phases of injury recovery.

These are simple avoidable errors in recovery that can slow the process of returning to running, or increase the chances of getting re-injured once you get back to full training.

Avoid these mistakes to make sure that you heal your running injury as quickly as possible and then don’t get re-injured when you’re returning to running.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about the 3 biggest mistakes injured runners make when recovering from an overtraining injury.

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#319 Two perspectives for recovering runners

Everything about the process of training is inherently inspiring and aspirational. It is all positive, and with each step of the process we get the opportunity to make a conscious decision to move forward.

Overcoming a running injury is inherently negative. It just feels like damage control mode. Running injuries feel more about digging yourself out of a hole, and less about accomplishing something significant.

Every over training injury is unique and can have a unique healing timeline. But it all depends upon what you do.

How can you make the mental shift between a coaches plan a doctor’s plan?

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast were talking about two perspectives for recovering runners.

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#317 Most painful part of a running injury

There’s nothing worse than being in a race, and you feel like your stomach is upset. You’re sick to your stomach and you’re keeping on pace, but then suddenly, because you literally have an upset stomach, and you start losing pace.

You know that your competition is getting further ahead, and you’re getting further behind. That is what’s really painful.

Most doctors think runners like you call me because I can help you heal your running injury. I know that those doctors are wrong. It’s not really that foot pain that stops you from running. It’s not that pain that gets you to call me. That’s not really the real reason that most runners call me for a telemedicine visit or consultation call.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast were talking about the most painful part of a running injury.

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#311 Rest is an atrophy plan

Can you get faster by not running?

Can get stronger by not working out?

If you’re a runner and you’re listening to this my guess is that you’re clear answer to both of those two questions is “NO!”

And if your answer both of those questions is no…

Why do doctors call rest a treatment plan?

The brutal truth is that rest is not a treatment plan.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast were talking about how rest is an atrophy plan.

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#288 Ironman taught me about running injuries

The Ironman triathlon is widely considered to be one of the worlds most grueling single day athletic events.

2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a full 26.2 marathon, all in the same day.

My Ironman journey taught me a couple of really important lessons.

Because I know what it feels like, when you think you can’t run, even worse, when a doctor says, you can’t run…but deep down inside, you know you can.

The most important thing Ironman taught me about running injuries is that you, injured runners have a goal. And that goal is important!

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about what Ironman taught me about running injuries.

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