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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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#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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#406 Can I run if MRI shows stress fracture but no pain?

This question comes up a lot. In fact, in the last week I had this question twice from different runners with different types of stress fractures during telemedicine calls.
You’ve got to understand that with stress fractures, it’s really confusing when it comes to classification of those injuries when you’re talking about imaging.
Can I run if my MRI shows a stress fracture, but I don’t have any pain? That’s what we’re going to talk about today on the Doc On The Run podcast.

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#388 Proof you do not have to stop running with metatarsal stress response

Is there any proof that you don’t have to stop running when you get a metatarsal stress response in your foot? 

A lot of doctors and patients are really confused about the differences between a stress fracture and a stress reaction and a stress response in runners.

A stress response is a normal physiologic response when you stress any tissue as a component of training. The goal of your running workout is to stress the tissue, get it, to react, and rebuild in a way that makes it stronger. 

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about the evidence you really don’t have to stop training when you’re a runner who gets a metatarsal stress response.

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#381 How are tight calves related to metatarsal stress fractures?

This episode comes from a question from a runner, who wanted to know what it means when calf muscles are tight and you have metatarsal stress fractures.
He wrote in and said, “Hey doc, I meant to inquire about stress fractures in the metatarsal joints and how you can tell. I have a friend who’s experienced a stress fracture, and he says his calves seemed to tighten up when the pain developed.”
There are really two ways tight calf muscles can be related to metatarsal stress fractures. One is the cause. The other is an effect.
Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how tight calves are related to metatarsal stress fractures in runners.

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#230 Why runners with high arches need cushioning running shoes

Most runners wear running shoes when they run. And the type of shoes you choose can help protect you from the forces of running.

If you have high arches, in general at your feet are more stable and more rigid.

A rigid foot type generally translates to higher peak forces when you run, and particularly when you land as a heel striker.

Cushioning type running shoes can help protect your feet from the pounding forces of running, if you have high arches.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about why runners who have high arches need cushioning running shoes.

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