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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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#841 Why Stress Fracture Grading is BS for Runners

I just had an interesting call with an elite runner, who’s a high school cross country runner.

He developed a tibial stress fracture, or stress reaction.

But he thought it was shin splints.

When I looked at it with ultrasound, I saw some stuff that made me really worried about it. So, I got an MRI to confirm.

The first question he had was, what’s the grade?

Grading scales cause confusion.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about why stress fracture grading is BS for runners.

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#838 My Stress Fracture Framework simplified

If you’re a runner and you get a stress fracture, the number one most important thing that you do is get it to calm down while you maintain your running fitness.

Based on those ideas, I built a framework that I’ve been using for years with injured runners who want to heal and want to get back to running.

In this episode we will go through my stepwise process of how I do it.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about my stress fracture framework simplified.

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#821 I had a sudden injury but my doctor called it a stress fracture

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I had an interesting question from an athlete who asked,

“I had an injury, I went to see the doctor and got an X-ray. There was no crack on the X-ray, but my doctor called it a stress fracture. So, I’m confused.”

“I thought that a stress fracture happens when you run too much, too far, too soon, it overloads the bone, and you get a little crack in it. I didn’t do that. It was trauma, a sudden injury, not a bunch of force applied over a long period of time. I wasn’t training for anything. I don’t get it. Why is my doctor calling this a stress fracture?”

I had a sudden injury, but my doctor called it a stress fracture.

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

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#812 Difference between a mild stress fracture and a serious stress reaction in a runner?

I had a call with a runner who asked me an interesting question about the difference between a mild stress fracture and a serious stress reaction in a runner. She wanted to know if the difference was based on the amount of tenderness or pain that she had.

Although it stands to reason that the more tenderness, the more pain you have, the worse it must be. However, that is not really what differentiates a mild stress fracture from a serious stress reaction.

What’s the difference between a mild stress fracture and a serious stress reaction in a runner?

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

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#775 How does callus show healing on non-displaced fractures?

Today’s episode comes from a question on the Doc On The Run YouTube channel. We were talking about how bone callus shows up as evidence of healing after a fracture in a runner.

Her question was:

“If there was no visible gap in between the bones where the fracture is, will the callus still be visible on the X-ray ? How will the callus show for non-displaced fractures on imaging? Thank you so much for creating this channel and for sharing all your expertise to the world.”

How does callus show healing on non-displaced fractures?

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

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#760 Is returning pain normal when running after a healed stress fracture?

Today’s episode comes from Janet ,who posted a comment and question on the Doc On The Run YouTube channel.

She said,

“I got a healed stress fracture, returned to running. I got into cross country and it started to flare up and hurt around the tibia again, is this normal or should I be concerned?”

Is returning pain normal when returning to running after a healed stress fracture?

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

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#544 Stress fracture wishes as fodder for facts

In this episode we’re talking about stress fractures and we’re talking about what happens when you as a runner, wished something to be true and it’s not a fact. It’s really important that you understand this. Some of the wishes are things like, well, I want to run. The second one is I don’t want there to be a crack on my x-ray. Some facts are, well, my podiatrist took an x-ray and there was no crack. So what does that do? Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about stress fracture wishes as fodder for facts.

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#459 How bad is Grade 3 Stress Fracture?

Today’s episode actually comes from a podcast listener who had a question:

“I got an MRI just to give me the green light to resume training and it showed a grade three stress reaction of the left tibia. Do you think I can run?”

Deciding whether or not you can run with a stress fracture really depends on understanding how bad it was when it started, and how bad it is right now.

How bad is a grade three stress fracture? Well, that’s what we’re talking about today on the Doc on the Run podcast.

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#202 if you haven’t taken an action you haven’t made a decision

Many years ago I heard a quote from Tony Robbins. He said, “Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”

When you’re an injured runner you can’t just wait for it to heal like a normal patient because the whole time you’re waiting, things are getting worse. You are losing your aerobic fitness, you are getting weaker, you are losing your neuromuscular connections. Your form is falling apart.

If you have an overtraining injury and have decided you want to heal faster than the average patient, you have to take action.

Today on Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about how if you haven’t taken an action, you haven’t made a decision.

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