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#844 When is fracture boot really needed with metatarsal stress fracture?

I believe the most commonly prescribed and most overprescribed treatment for injured runners is probably a fracture walking boot.

The big question for your doctor is…

Is the fracture walking boot really necessary or not, given my stage of injury recovery?

When is a fracture walking boot really necessary for a metatarsal stress fracture?

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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#828 Tall fracture boot vs Short fracture boot, which is better for runners?

It’s no secret that I truly believe fracture walking boots are overprescribed, overused and used for way too long for many injured runners with many different kinds of overtraining injuries.

But sometimes I recommend runners use a fracture walking boot for a short period of time. Then teh question becomes which kind? Short boot or Tall boot?

A tall fracture walking boot versus a short fracture walking boot. Which one is better if you’re an injured runner?

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

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#822 Minimal restrictive intervention is the goal with runners

If you are an injured runner, you are probably limiting your activity.

Doctors who don’t understand how important it is for you to get back to running tend to limit runner’s workouts more than necessary. They’re more restrictive than necessary. And it costs you.

You lose more fitness, you get weaker, you get stiffer, you get neuromuscular changes that damage your running form, and disrupts your coordinated firing of muscle units that makes you efficient.

All of that gets damaged over the weeks that you’re not running. So, it’s really important that you maintain your fitness.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how the minimum restrictive intervention should always be the goal with injured runners.

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#816 When is a boot better than crutches for tibial stress fracture in a runner?

A stress fracture in your tibia, or shin bone, is a bad injury. You definitely don’t want the crack to grow to the point where it could break.

The big question is what will make a tibial stress fracture better, faster…crutches or a fracture walking boot?

When is a fracture walking boot better than crutches for a tibial stress fracture if you’re a runner?

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

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#796 What does a fracture walking boot do?

I recently got a comment from Michael on a video on the Doc On The Run YouTube channel which was about how fracture walking boots are one of the worst treatments for an injured runner.

He posted an interesting comment which is really a valid question. He said,

“What is the boot for? Is it for protection? Is it for immobilization? Is it to keep weight off?”

What does a fracture walking boot actually do?

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

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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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#665 Is fracture boot best for calcaneal stress fracture?

A calcaneal stress fracture is a terrible injury.

What is a calcaneal stress fracture?

“Calcaneus” is the medical term for heel bone. When you get a stress fracture in the heel bone, doctors call it a calcaneal stress fracture. When you run with a calcaneal stress fracture there is a risk the bone can actually shatter and break apart.

That obviously would be bad.

But there are three really interesting facts about the heel bone that you should think about.

Is a fracture walking boot the best thing when you have a calcaneal stress fracture?

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

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#581 Do I need a fracture walking boot for extensor tenosynovitis?

One of the questions I got in the Runners Aid Station was:

“Do I really need a fracture walking boot?”

This is a runner who went to the doctor, and was told, “You have extensor tenosynovitis. The best way to get it to calm down is to remove the inflammation and stop aggravating the tendons.”

If you get aching pain on the top of your foot, it might be caused by an irritated extensor tendon sheath (which is the little tube around the extensor tendons as it goes out to the toes on the top of the foot). If so, you might be thinking you need something drastic to stop the tendons from moving so it can calm down.

Do I need a fracture walking boot for extensor tenosynovitis?

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

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#561 Which runners need a fracture walking boot for plantar fasciitis?

The reality is, there are only two kinds of runners that I think really need a fracture walking boot for plantar fasciitis. The runners who don’t mind losing all their running fitness and the other group of runners who really need a fracture walking boot for plantar fasciitis are those that basically assume they have the wrong diagnosis. Which kind of runners really do need a fracture walking boot for plantar fasciitis? Is it somebody with mild plantar fasciitis? Moderate plantar fasciitis? Severe plantar fasciitis? And that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.

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#526 Is a boot enough for a tibial stress fracture in runners?

Today’s episode is going to be a good one for you to listen to, if you’ve been told that you have a tibial stress fracture, or if you just think you might have a tibial stress fracture. If you get a tibial stress fracture, the chances are really good that the doctor’s going to do something to really restrict your running, and potentially your ability to move around at all. For example, if you get a fracture walking boot and it’s on your right foot, well, you can’t even drive a car so you’ve got to take this seriously. Is a fracture walking boot enough when you have a tibial stress fracture and you’re a runner? Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.

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