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#848 Can a Cortisone injection as stop gap for plantar fasciitis in runner

I was just at the International Foot & Ankle foundation meeting in Lake Tahoe listening to a lecture given by a Professor of Biomechanics and Podiatric Medicine at Barry University.

He said that a cortisone injection can be used as a “stop gap treatment” in heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

The idea is that some runners may need pain relief sooner than would normally be expected. It is true that corticosteroid injections can reduce the inflammation in and around the plantar fascia and quickly reduce pain.

When I had “normal practice” with “normal patients,” I used to treat plantar fasciitis with corticosteroid injections pretty much daily.

But I almost never do plantar fascia cortisone injections now.

Can a corticosteroid injection serve as a stop gap for runners with heel pain?

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

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#830 What is the most important ingredient to a runner after a plantar plate sprain?

I often get nutrition questions from runners who have overtraining injuries involving tissues made of collagen like the plantar plate ligament.

At the heart of these questions is what is the most important ingredient to add in their diet to speed recovery.

In this episode we are briefly discussing the key ingredients your body needs to repair collagen. If you are missing these, you might have a slower repair process if you have a partial tear of the plantar plate ligament itself.

What is the most important ingredient to a runner after a plantar plate sprain?

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

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#805 Is it a big deal if I run with a partially torn plantar fascia?

One of the problems with the plantar fascia is that you may think you have plantar fasciitis, but eventually you find out that it was not really fasciitis at all.

It’s actually a partially torn plantar fascia ligament. That can be a problem since it is the largest ligament in your foot.

When somebody says:

“Can I run with a small tear in the plantar fascia?”

I say that depends.

Is it a big deal if I run with a torn plantar fascia?

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

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#707 When is plantar fascia surgery necessary for runners?

If you’re a runner with plantar fasciitis, you probably have heel pain when you get up and step out of bed.

If that’s gone on for months, you tried icing, you’ve tried stretching, and you’ve become frustrated, it starts to become pretty easy for your doctor to talk you into surgery.

If you’ve had plantar fasciitis for a long time and your doctor is trying to convince you need surgery, you should listen up!

When is plantar fascia surgery really necessary for runners?

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

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#652 I think I tore my plantar fascia. Can I run this weekend?

I got a call recently from a runner with a torn plantar fascia. It was a unique situation, but truthfully really not that rare.

Any time you have an injury and you want to run, you have to make some really important key decisions, based on only a few important factors.

This case will be instructive in helping you figure out how you can make that decision, and decide if (and when) it might be safe for you to run.

If you just had an injury, but you have a really important event you want to run, you gotta check out this episode!

“I think I tore my plantar fascia. Can I run this weekend?”

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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#595 2 reasons stretching the plantar fascia is bad for runners

Yesterday, I saw a runner who has plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition affecting the foot in runners.

When a runner gets plantar fasciitis, it is often because the plantar fascia ligament is too tight. The tight ligament becomes overstretched and strained. Heel pain is the result.

Since it is safe to assume that the plantar fascia ligament on the bottom of the foot is just way too tight, you may want to stretch it. But with every potential treatment comes risk.

Stretching the plantar fascia can be risky and has the potential to cause more trouble for a couple of reasons.

Today, on the Doc on the Run Podcast, we’re talking about two reasons that stretching the plantar fascia can be bad for runners.

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#391 Heel bone repositioning to run with plantar fasciitis

On this episode, we’re just giving you a quick tip on how you can actually reduce some of the stress and strain on the plantar fascial ligament when you have plantar fasciitis and you want to keep running.Now everybody knows, if you stop running you’re going to lose your running fitness. That’s not really confusing. That’s not hard to understand. But what you really need to understand is that plantar fasciitis is not really self-limiting. It does not miraculously go away like a cold virus. It hangs around if you continue to aggravate it because the stress and strain to the plantar fascia that makes it irritable and causes this condition called plantar fasciitis, is a consequence of excess stress and strain. Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about repositioning your heel bone so you can run with plantar fasciitis.

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