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#757 3 basic steps to straighten a crooked broken toe

There really are three basic steps that doctors use when you have a broken toe.

The medical term for this procedure is called “closed reduction.”

We don’t cut the broken toe open, look at the bones and put them in place.

Instead, we leave the skin closed and manipulate the toe to pop the fracture back in place.

This is a very common procedure doctors do. I even have done it many times in people’s homes, most often with a runner who has a broken toe that really hurts.

I am going to explain the basic steps…but do not do this on your own!

What are the basic steps if you have a broken toe, it’s crooked and you want to put it back in place?

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

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#741 Worst imaging study for plantar plate injury in runners

If you are a runner with pain in the ball of the foot at the base of the second toe and start researching online, you may become concerned you have a thing called a plantar plate injury.

If so, you may be wondering whether X-rays or MRI imaging may be needed to tell what is wrong. Before seeing a doctor, it may be helpful to understand which are helpful, and which imaging studies are a waste of time.

What is the worst possible medical imaging study you could get if you’re a runner with a suspected plantar plate injury?

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

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#740 My pinky toenail split in half

Just this week, I got a call from an injured runner about a new problem. I’ve seen him before for some other issues, but in this case.

He said that he thought maybe he actually had an ingrown toenail on his pinky or that the toenail itself had split in half and it was bugging him a little bit.

I said “Well, send me a picture. I’ll take a look and see.”

My pinky toenail split in half. Is that a problem?

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

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#722 3 Callus patterns show risk for Plantar Plate Sprain in runners

If you are a runner and you get pain in the ball of the foot, particularly at the base of the second toe right. It could be a plantar plate sprain.

Whenever I see a runner on webcam who has pain that sounds like a plantar plate sprain, the first thing I do is look for any callus pattern in the skin that suggests they have too much pressure and friction at that area that could injure the plantar plate ligament underneath the skin.

This episode will help you understand how certain callus patterns relate to some basic foot mechanics when you’re trying to figure out what is causing your ball of foot pain.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about three callus patterns I often see that can suggest you have a risk for getting a plantar plate sprain if you are a runner.

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#720 3 reasons for Cheilectomy failure after Hallux Rigidus surgery

If you have a condition called “hallux rigidus” or “hallux limitus,” the name tells you what’s wrong.

“Hallux” means big toe.

“Rigidus” means the big toe joint doesn’t move at all.

“Limitus” just means the big toe joint movement is limited and stiff.

There are three problems with hallux rigidus, which are: 1) damage to the cartilage, 2) bone spurs around the joint and 3) restriction of the soft tissues such that the toe doesn’t move up and down the way it should.

Those three reasons that cause the condition are the same reasons that can fail if you have a cheilectomy surgery.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast we’re talking about three reasons for cheilectomy failure after hallux rigidus surgery.

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#276 My toenail hurts when I run

I just had a consultation with a woman who has been having pain in the toes and the end of the big toenails just after running.

The pain in the big toes has been getting worse. She was also getting some numbness or tingling around the corner of the toenails.

She wanted to know…

“Am I doing something wrong with my shoes?”

“Am I cutting my toenails wrong?”

“Is there really something wrong on the inside of my toe?”

Today on the Doc on the Run Podcast, we’re talking about what you need to think about if your toenail hurts when you run.

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