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#710 Are you using a treadmill for returning to running after an injury?

Today I was out on a run and I was thinking about treadmills versus running outside. To be fair, I was actually running outside during this run.

It seems like most of the runners who sign up for the Fast Track challenge, or who call me for a second opinion, the majority of them like to run outside.

I have a question for you.

If you got an overtraining injury like a metatarsal stress fracture, calcaneal stress fracture, or a tibial stress fracture, plantar plate sprain, the question is… Are you running on a treadmill to ease back into running, or are you just running outside, to see how running feels after your injury?

Are you using a treadmill for returning to running after an injury?

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

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#685 Advice for flat footed runner with plantar plate injury started on a treadmill

I was just on a call with a runner who has a plantar plate sprain. A plantar plate sprain is an injury to a very small ligament right at the base of the toe, usually the second toe, right where it attaches to the metatarsal at what we call the metatarsophalangeal joint.

That sprain typically causes aching in the ball of the foot.

These are tough injuries to get better.

I have had one myself, and when you get them, they’re really annoying.

It seems like they get better very, very slowly, but you can make them worse very, very quickly.

It’s really important when you get a plantar plate sprain to identify the one thing that caused the injury so you stop doing it.

Today on the Doc On The Run Podcast, we’re going to talk about my advice for a flat-footed runner who has a plantar plate injury that started from running on a treadmill.

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#372 The 3 forms of stress when you start running after injury

There are the three forms of stress that can affect you and the injured tissue when you actually get back to running after you’ve been injured and you feel like you’ve recovered.

I was just recently doing a telemedicine visit with someone who had an injury and was getting better. She was told to start running, but she wasn’t really given any specific instructions.

She was told, “You can go and just kind of run a little bit and see how it feels.”
If you’re a runner and you haven’t been running for weeks because of an injury, you’re probably going to feel so good when you start running that you’re going to do too much. If you do too much, and then you start having pain, you’re going to completely freak out because you’re going to be worried that you’ve completely set back your injury.
Today on the Doc On The Run podcast, we’re talking about the three forms of stress when you start running after injury.

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#324 Can I run on a treadmill after a stress fracture?

Today’s episode comes from a runner named Gordon who asked a question during a live webinar entitled “Am I Ready to Run? How to tell if its safe to start running again.”

He asked, “Is it okay to run on a treadmill? I’m returning from a stress fracture injury. I read that a treadmill gives the exact same stress with every step versus, say a trail, but with COVID-19 and smoke, running outside is a challenge and all that.”

That is a great question! Because, there is a lot of evidence that treadmills cause the same repetitive stress in the same way that might lead to stress fractures in the foot.

Today on the Doc on the Run podcast, we’re talking about whether or not you should run on a treadmill when you’re recovering from a stress fracture.

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