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#871 2 Reasons for morning pain with a fracture boot

If you get an overtraining injury like a metatarsal stress fracture or a plantar plate sprain or Achilles tendonitis, or peroneal tendonitis, a doctor might prescribe a fracture walking boot.

Well, it is designed to hold you still so that you can hopefully walk on something like a fracture and still let it heal.

The reason for this episode is this morning I was on a call with someone who has been wearing a boot and he is curious why all of a sudden, he is starting to have some aching pain in the boot in the morning when he first gets up and steps on his foot while wearing the boot.

What are the two reasons you might get pain when you have been wearing a fracture walking boot for a running injury?

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

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#867 3 ways a doctor convinces you you need plantar plate surgery

There are three ways that a doctor might convince you that it’s really time to have surgery and fix that plantar plate ligament that’s been making you miserable when you’ve been trying to run.

To you, it may not seem that bad. It kind of aches. It kind of swells. It kind of bugs you. But then the doctor suddenly says, “Look, it’s not getting better, let’s have surgery.”

Well, how does the doctor convince you that it’s time for surgery? What are the things a doctor does, that might actually lead you to believe that it really is time to have surgery?

What are the three ways that a doctor might convince you that you need surgery if you’re a runner with a plantar plate injury?

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

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#864 The 3 problems (not 2) solved by boot and crutches

I’m not going to tell you that any runner should want to use crutches. I’m also not going to tell you that you will enjoy wearing a fracture walking boot.

But there are reasons that you may want to do things a little differently if you’re a runner.

The critical issue is that runners must really try to speed up the healing process as much as possible, so that you can avoid losing your running fitness.

What are the three time-sensitive problems solved when you use a fracture walking boot and crutches at the same time?

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

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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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