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#679 Is stretching safe with a calcaneal stress fracture?

A runner with a calcaneal stress fracture has a problem. So we got on a call.

The problem with calcaneal stress fractures is not healing. The heel bone “heals” fast!

Runners with calcaneal stress fractures really have 2 problems:

1. How do I let the heel bone heal fast

2. How can I fix the scarring that happens during step 1?

I was recently doing a call with a real runner who had a calcaneal stress fracture. She was having some issues because she was returning to running. The problem was not the heel bone.

She noticed a lot of stiffness and irritation around the ankle joint, because she’d been immobilized and off of the foot for quite a long time. Anytime you use a boot or crutches, you get lots of indiscriminate scarring. You can’t run unless you fix that.

Is stretching safe with a calcaneal stress fracture?

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

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#600 Stretching is like a recovery day. Finite pain that pays off.

I know a lot of people are not even going to listen to this episode because I’m talking about stretching.

Many runners seem to recoil from the topic of stretching.

But if you get injured and you go to a physical therapist, you can take it to the bank that they are going to give you some stretching exercises to do.


Because stretching helps when you have tissue that is predisposed to injury because it’s too tight.

When you have that issue, you need to stretch that tissue.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re talking about how stretching is like a rest day, finite pain that pays off.

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#569 Find your #1 missing piece in running injury recovery

Think about what happens when you start running.

You decide you want to run. You make a decision, then you go out and you actually run.

You start working on your running form. Maybe you hire a coach You add a little speed work. You also start doing some strength training to supplement your running fitness. Eventually you even start working on your pacing strategies for your races.

These are all things that are important pieces of running. But thinking about your pacing strategy when you haven’t even started running is a really bad idea. It doesn’t matter what you think about pacing if you can’t actually run the whole distance.

There is a most important piece, at each point in the process. This is especially true in running injury recovery as well.

Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about finding your number one missing piece in your running injury recovery.

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