fracture walking boot Archives - DOC

#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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#507 Good news and bad news

I just saw a comment on our YouTube videos from a runner named Mary. She viewed the video on permanent calf atrophy, and how that can happen if you spend way too long in a fracture walking boot or a cast. Mary replied and basically said, “Great. Now you depressed the crap out of me. Thanks. Ugh.” Realizing that you have lost fitness to the point of atrophy can be really upsetting for any runner. Well, I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you, and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On the Run podcast.

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#488 Why healing fractures hurt after stopping the boot

Today’s episode comes from a discussion in our Monday, Wednesday, Friday coaching group. This was someone who actually had a metatarsal fracture and had graduated from using crutches to using the boot and was transitioning out of the boot and she asked me a great question. She said that her foot was hurting a little bit as she was transitioning out of the boot. She wanted to know if that was normal. Or was the aching associated with walking in a normal shoe something to be concerned about. Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about why healing fractures might hurt after you stop using the boot.

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#479 What happens if I run before my broken toe heals?

A runner in the in the recovering runners coaching group asked a great question. She had just broken her toe and could barely walk on it. She was really worried that she was going to have to use a fracture walking boot for a month or month and a half to get the toe fracture to heal. She wanted to know specifically when she could start running. Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about what happens if you run on a fractured toe before it completely heals.

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#437 In a boot for a stress fracture can I get a stress response on the other foot?

This episode comes from a live group coaching call where recovering runners get to ask me anything they want. Today on the doc on the run podcast we’re talking about whether or not you can get a stress response in your good foot when you’re wearing a fracture walking boot on your bad foot to treat a stress fracture.

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#408 Top 3 Stress Fracture Takeaways from IFAF Sonoma

This episode comes from a lecture I was giving at a medical conference just last week.

One of the lectures was on the differences between stress response, stress reaction, and stress fractures in athletes.

There are really just a few main points doctors need to understand when treating runners with stress fractures.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about the top three stress fracture takeaways from the International Foot and Ankle Foundation meeting in Sonoma, California.

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