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#765 Can I still run after I heal a fibular stress fracture?

Today’s episode comes from a question from one of the Doc On The Run YouTube channel viewers about fibular stress fractures.

There are only tow bones between your knee and your foot: The Tibia (or shin bone) and the fibula bone, which is much smaller.

The fibula bone supports very little of your weight when you run. Your knee is at the top of the tibia bone, and the other end of the tibia sits on top of the talus bone at the top of your foot.

The tibia is the bone that really takes the pressure from your knee and redistributes it to your foot. The fibula bone is a stabilizing bone on the outside of your leg, it is not a weight bearing bone and it really does not support your weight or hold a lot of vertical force.

Understanding the leg bone anatomy can help you understand the stresses that may cause a stress fracture in either one of the leg bones.

Can I still run after I heal of fibular stress fracture?

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

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#756 Do I have to use crutches for a fibula stress fracture?

One of the questions I get most often from runners with stress fractures is…

“How can I get it to heal better? How do I get back to running faster?”

The best way is to remove the stress so that the stress fracture can actually heal as fast as possible. That sounds obvious, but most runners aren’t doing that.

I talked to a runner just a couple of days ago who was not running on it, but she was walking on it…a lot.

She told me, “Well, I have a fracture walking boot, but I’m walking in it and my foot hurts.”

My first response was, “Why aren’t you using crutches to take the stress off of it? If walking is making it hurt, you’re not going to get better quickly. It’ll get better eventually, probably, but certainly not as fast as possible.”

Do I have to use crutches if I have a fibula stress fracture?

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

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#753 Fibula stress reaction vs stress fracture what is the difference?

If you have ankle pain and you push around on that lump of bone on the outside of your ankle, you may realize that you have pain on the bone specifically.

If so, you might become worried that you have a thing called a fibular stress fracture.

If you start trying to figure out what to do, one of the first things you may find is a lot of discussion about something called a “stress reaction” instead of just a “stress fracture”.

What’s the difference between a fibular stress reaction and a stress fracture in a runner?

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

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#742 When to worry an ankle sprain is a Lateral Process Fracture

I just saw a runner who sprained her ankle. It’s been about a month and she’s still having pain. Pain and swelling persisting a month later, are not good. There are a couple of reasons that that can happen.

Anytime doctors see persistent swelling and pain after an ankle injury, they become concerned there might be a fracture.

When should a runner who rolled an ankle be concerned that there might be a fracture like a lateral process fracture?

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

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