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#888 Can I run after cortisone injection for a neuroma?

I was just on a second opinion call with a runner. He is a triathlete, and he has had a long course of foot trouble. He was diagnosed with a plantar plate injury, but was not getting better. We figured out some missing pieces of his recovery puzzle and developed a plan of action. Well, he acted on that game plan and turns out he had been misdiagnosed. What he has is a neuroma (not a plantar plate sprain). He went back to his doctor and she then wanted to inject his foot with cortisone, but he had a race coming up. And then he said, “Well, this is the problem. This is why I am calling you again, is that when I saw her, she said you have a neuroma so let’s go ahead and inject it with cortisone.” Can I run a race after a corticosteroid injection for a neuroma? Well, that is a great question and that is what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#887 Single most important stretch for Sesamoid fracture in runner

If you get a sesamoid fracture, you are probably worried. This is a scary injury if you are a runner.

Since stretching is one of the main components of physical therapy after many running injuries, you may think about stretching and why it might help your injury recover faster.

What is the single most important stretch if you are a runner who has had a sesamoid fracture?

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

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#886 Should I expect to have plantar plate pain when I resume running

One of the most difficult running injuries is a plantar plate injury.

I know, because I have had a plantar plate sprain myself.

Plantar plate sprains are really frustrating because the plantar plate is a very small ligament. It takes very little to aggravate or stress the plantar plate, to irritate it, to stretch it, strain it, or injure it further when you are running.

I had a patient who asked a really interesting question. He said:

“Should I expect to have pain as soon as I start running?”

I basically said, “Well, if you do, you are doing it wrong, because if you are having pain, you are stretching and straining the ligament in the way that is predictably going to re-injure it.”

Should I expect to have some pain when I return to running after healing a plantar plate sprain?

Great question and that is what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.

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#885 Surgical options sesamoid fracture nonunion

If you have a fractured sesamoid bone, the biggest concern is that the sesamoid fracture will turn into a fracture nonunion.

“Non-union” means it did not unite. The two broken pieces did not get back together, and the fractured sesamoid bone did not heal.

I was talking to a runner who had a sesamoid injury and she wanted to know whether or not surgery was a good option in her case.

We talked broadly speaking about three different possible kinds of sesamoid surgeries.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about surgical options for sesamoid fracture nonunion.

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#884 Which comes first after plantar plate heals running or dress shoes

I got an interesting question from a runner who had a plantar plate injury.

This runner had a long course of sort of misdiagnosis, mistreatment and various plantar plate “misadventures.”

But when we started working together, he started to do some specific things to improve quickly, and he is doing great now.

He asked:

“Which comes first after my plantar plate sprain heals, will I be running, or will I be wearing dress shoes?”

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

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#883 Do you have to a cut a ligament to remove a painful neuroma?

I had a call from a patient who wanted to know about surgical removal of Morton’s neuroma.

She said she went to the doctor. The doctor said, “Well, we can just take the nerve out. It is not a big deal. We do this all the time.”

The reason she called me for a second opinion was because the doctor told her we have to cut a ligament to take the painful nerve out.

She wanted to know if that was true, and whether or not that could cause a problem later.

Do you have to cut a ligament in the foot to remove a painful neuroma?

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

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#882 Did I tear my fascia after plantar fascia surgery?

I got a comment from a runner who posted this question on one of the YouTube videos on the Doc On The Run YouTube channel.

He says he had plantar fascia surgery just over 3 months ago.

He said that following the operation, he followed all of the surgeons post-operative instructions “to a tee.”

He was feeling great, until he started developing a small pain at the back of the arch right where the heel starts.

He said:

“My whole arch is in pain. Do you think I could have a torn plantar fascia? It was tolerable but in hindsight this has not been ignored.”

Did I tear my fascia after plantar fasciitis surgery?

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

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#881 Can I run in zero drop shoes after plantar plate sprain heals?

I was just on a call with a runner who had a plantar plate injury that has been bothering him for about a year and a half.

We did a series of calls to talk about some changes in his treatment that could get him moving in the right direction.

He asked me a great question when I was on a call with him this morning.

He said:

“Can I run in zero drop shoes once it is really healed? Not today, but like when it is really, really healed and it is stronger and all that kind of stuff.”

I said, “You can do whatever you want, you just have to be willing to pay the consequences.”

Can I run in zero drop shoes after a plantar plate sprain heals?

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

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#880 What sandals can I wear with hallux rigidus?

When you have hallux rigidus, the problem is the big toe joint does not want to move.

Many doctors will simply tell you that your big toe joint, or the “first metatarsal phalangeal joint” is getting progressively stiffer and developing arthritis.

If you wear shoes that irritate the joint more, the condition will only gets worse. The question is what sandals won’t make hallux rigidus worse?

What sandals can I wear with hallux rigidus?

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

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#879 Can peroneal nerve tendinitis cause 5th metatarsal pain?

Today’s episode comes from a comment on one of the YouTube videos on peroneal tendinitis. A limping runner asked the question:

“Can peroneal nerve tendinitis cause fifth metatarsal to be tender to the touch and when walking, I am not sure if I have a stress fracture.”

When I read this comment, I became confused because I am not sure what is going on with this runner, but I am going to try to explain and answer the question as best I can in this episode.

Can peroneal nerve tendinitis cause fifth metatarsal pain?

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

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