Today’s episode comes from a discussion I just had yesterday with an athlete. He had a metatarsal fracture non-union.
A “fracture non-union” can develop when there is a crack in the bone that moving a little bit too much and doesn’t completely heal.
Non-unions can happen if you get a stress fracture, and you keep running on it and you’re tough and you’re strong and it doesn’t really hurt that bad.
If you keep running and repeatedly stress that crack, it can’t heal.
Should I get a CT scan or should I test walking to see if my fracture is healed?
Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run Podcast.View Details »
I was just lecturing at the IFAF meeting in Lake Tahoe and I was giving a couple of different lectures on running injuries, and one of them was about the protocols that I use with injured runners so that they can maintain their fitness, stay fit, stay active, and keep running. One of the doctors asked me about how I make these decisions and I explained to them was that the worst piece of advice I myself ever received as someone who was injured was when this doctor told me, “Just let pain be your guide.” How can you as an injured runner use pain as your guide? Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.View Details »
Today’s episode actually comes from a question sent in by Shay. She said, “I have a plantar plate complete tear and I had surgery on my left foot in October 2019. So that was a couple years ago. I’m running with some new issues in the right calf, but the main thing I want to learn is how this injury occurs. I’m really afraid of it happening to my right foot. “I talk to injured runners all the time. I lecture at medical conferences, teaching doctors what I do with runners who have these plantar plate injuries and Shay is reasonable to be concerned about this. Today on the Doc On the Run podcast, we’re talking about the three ways plantar plate injuries occur in runners.View Details »
This weekend I was lecturing at the International Foot & Ankle Foundation meeting in lake Tahoe, and I was lecturing on running injuries. At the beginning of that lecture, I was asking the group of doctors there and I said, “Well, if you had a runner with a fourth metatarsal stress fracture and they had this level of pain and this level of disability and this level of complaint about it, how long would you expect to have them in a fracture walking boot?” There was a doctor from Flagstaff, Arizona who actually raised his hand and he said, “It depends.” I was shocked because normally, people say four weeks or six weeks. Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about how I finally got the correct answer on how long before you can run after injury.View Details »
I just got off the phone with a runner who had a plantar plate sprain. He was out on a run, he got a plantar plate sprain. I saw him, I helped him understand what to do and what I showed him to do was exactly the same stuff I show you in the plantar plate sprain course. He was doing much better, but he had a great question. His question was, “When is my plantar plate sprain really healed enough that I don’t have to worry about it anymore?” Well, that’s a great question and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On the Run podcast.View Details »
Yesterday I was giving a lecture at the International Foot & Ankle Foundation meeting in Lake Tahoe. The topic was on protocols for return to running after recovering from over training injuries. One of the most important points I was trying to make to the doctors in that session was that fitness is transient. Fitness is only present in the presence of growth. If you’re an injured runner this is terrible news. Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about why running fitness is transient.View Details »
One of the worst injuries you can actually get if you’re a runner is a plantar plate ligament sprain.
The plantar plate ligament is a very small ligament on the bottom of the foot, where the toe attaches to the metatarsal phalangeal joint, right at the ball of the foot.
These can happen for lots of different reasons but it’s a very small structure and the unfortunate reality is, is that every single time that you stand, you’re stepping on the ligament.
Why do plantar plate sprains take so long to heal? Well, that’s a great question and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.
I talk to injured runners all the time, and what I see is there are some runners who are kind of over the hump. They’ve started figuring out that they’re injured and they’re going to have to do a whole lot of work to actually get back to running quickly. Then there are other runners I see who are basically just demoralized and depressed because they’re stuck in a rut. Are you an injured runner or a recovering runner? There is a difference, and that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run.View Details »
I got a question from a runner who’s had a metatarsal stress fracture who’s very frustrated, who’s trying to figure out how to get back to running. He went and saw a doctor and he was told that he had a stress fracture and the doctor told him to take some time off of running. Then he started watching some YouTube videos, started listening to some podcasts, and then asked me a very serious question: How long do I have to wait to run with a metatarsal stress fracture? Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On the Run podcast.View Details »
I just got off a consultation call with a runner who called me for a second opinion, and she had an injury. She actually said that a doctor told her she wasn’t built to be a runner. I’m not built to be a runner. Is that true? What does a runner look like? Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.View Details »