Welcome to the runner’s heel pain video course…where you will learn how to stop runner’s heel pain so you can keep running.
My name is Dr. Christopher Segler and I'll be leading you through the course. I actually teach doctors how to diagnose and treat running injuries. I've been invited to present my research and lecture to physicians at conferences all over the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and New Zealand. By any measure, I am a recognized expert on biomechanics and running injuries. But perhaps more importantly to you…I am a real runner. I am a marathoner, a 15-time Ironman finisher, an Ironman All World Athlete and I’ve competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii.
So don't worry, I love running and I think you should, too!. This courses in NOT about how to get you to stop running…it's about how to KEEP running.
After a few years of lecturing at medical conferences trying to teach doctors about running injuries I realized…it’s actually easier to teach runners LIKE YOU about running injuries. Doctors often want you to stop running but YOU of course always want to keep running.
So this course is going to teach you:
How you can tell the difference between the various forms for runner’s heel pain so you actually understand what is causing the problem. By the end of the course you'll be able to effectively treat runners heel pain so that you can get better and keep running.
This course is arranged in a series of video lectures that is designed to remove all the medical mystery around the various forms of runners heel pain. I actually created 3-D anatomic animations to help you understand exactly how doctors diagnose runners heel pain..so you can do the same thing.
Here are the topics we will cover:
This course is designed for any runner who has heel pain but wants to keep running. There are no prerequisites for this course. You don't have to be a physician and you don't need any training in anatomy, physiology or medicine. All you need to do is go through the lessons and compare what you learn on screen with what is going on in own foot. We will walk you through the process.
Heel pain can be really frustrating. But it doesn't have to keep you from training. You just have to understand the different causes of runners heal pain, and then make sure that you treat it appropriately. Take a look at the free preview so you can get an idea of how you can cure your heal pain AND Keep Running.
If you have runner's heel pain that's interfering with your training, don't worry, there is help! Runner's heel pain can be treated and you can run. Discover the approach that helps elite athletes get better even while they keep running. This introduction to the course will explain how to get started on the right foot.
If you want to treat runner's heel pain and keep running, you have to make sure that you understand the exact cause of the problem. The fact is most cases of runner's heel pain are caused by plantar fasciitis. But NOT all heel pain is plantar fasciitis. In fact, if you think you have plantar fasciitis but you actually have a different condition causing your heel pain you could waste months on the incorrect treatment regimen. Before you start any home treatment, make sure you understand the various causes such as plantar fasciitis, partial rupture of the plantar fasciitis, stress fracture, and nerve entrapment.
One way to decide the cause of your heel pain is to decide if your story fits the picture of any of the classic causes of runner's heel pain. Doctor's try to make this step seemed complicated, but its actually pretty simple. Learn how doctors listen to "Your Pain Story" as the basis for making a diagnosis and putting a label on your condition.
How do doctors make a diagnosis when they examine your foot? Simple..poke around, squeeze, press on certain anatomic structures and see what hurts. Its not magic...just a simple systematic approach that anyone can use to decide whether one structure or another is the one that has been injured and may be the cause of runner's heel pain. This lesson explains what doctors would look for when making a diagnosis.
A stress fracture of the heel bone is much more serious than plantar fasciitis. You should not keep running on a stress fracture of the heel bone because it could completely fracture and break apart. If you are a runner with heel pain is important to make sure that you tell the difference. This lecture explains how doctors tell the difference between plantar fasciitis and a stress fracture of the heel bone.
A partial rupture of the plantar fascia is a more severe injury than plantar fasciitis. Many runners who have a partial rupture of the plantar fascia may mistakenly believe that they have plantar fasciitis. Thew two conditions are easily confused because they both involve the plantar fascia ligament and they both hurt in the same place in the foot. But it is possible to tell the difference between a simple case of plantar fasciitis and a partial rupture of the plantar fascia. This video will show you how doctors tell the difference between the two conditions.
Sometimes runners get nerve irritation that causes heel pain. Doctors call it "neuritis" but all that really means is that nerve is irritated and inflamed. The problem is that many runners think they have plantar fasciitis (a sprained ligament), when they actually have an irritated nerve. If you are a runner with heel pain is important to make sure that you tell the difference so can treat it correctly. This lecture explains how doctors tell the difference between plantar fasciitis and neuritis affecting the heel.
Did you know that in the overwhelming majority of cases doctors will recommend that you perform simple home treatments before they prescribe medications or consider more invasive procedures like injections or surgery? This lesson explains how doctors (or even a runner who hasn't been to the doctor) can treat heel pain with simple treatments that can be performed at home without ever seeing a doctor.
The runners who never get better and end up with chronic heel pain are those who get stuck in a cycle of chronic inflammation. The first phase of healing is the inflammatory phase. But the second phase of healing (where the tissue repair takes place) will not begin until the inflammation ends. If you want to recover you have to understand how to stop the inflammation first.
Ice is probably the most widely used natural anti-inflammatory. But not all methods are equal. Many runners get icing wrong. Make sure you are using the best icing techniques if you want to feel better and get back to running as quickly as possible.
Applying compression is one of the oldest, yet still one of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation and prevent swelling. Learn the newest and best compression techniques for runners with heel pain.
If inflammation is part of the problem, why not take ANTI-inflammatory drugs? Learn why, when and how runner's use anti-inflammatory medications to get relief...and perhaps even more importantly, when runners should NOT take these drugs.
Elevating your foot is one of the simplest and fastest ways to reduce the swelling that prolongs heel pain. Make sure you understand the right way to elevate so you can get rid of the inflammation and heal faster.
Decreasing tension to the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon is one of the most effective ways to relieve heel pain. This lesson explains how lifting the heel can jump start the recovery process.
The motion that stretches and strains the heel is called pronation. Avoiding pronation and keeping the foot in a relaxed position can help decrease pain and help the plantar fascia to heel faster. This Lesson explains simple strategies to hold the foot in a more relaxed position that will decrease the pronation that can stress the heel and plantar fascia.
Inflammation can not only cause pain, but it can lead to a damaging cycle that makes it more difficult to get rid of runner's heel pain. Stop the inflammation and you will decrease the pain. More importantly, you can heal even faster if you focus on controlling the inflammation early when trying to heal runner's heel pain.
There are many different braces, splints and boots that doctors recommend for the treatment of heel pain. Not all are needed, but some can help hold the heel in a position that helps it heal faster. This Lesson explains which ones can help the most when you have runner's heel pain.
Runners have a much higher pain threshold than inactive people. But just because you can ignore the pain, it doesn't mean you should. Understand why pain is bad and how you can use pain to monitor whether or not you are really controlling the inflammation.
If your foot is unstable you can pronate in ways that stress the tissue around the heel. If you want to start running sooner you have to stabilize the foot. More stability allows increase activity (translated as continued exercise while healing). Make sure you understand pronation and supination so you can use the most effective strategies to decrease the wear and tear as you exercise through your recovery.
Just like a doctor, you can use tape as an effective diagnostic tool to help you tell the difference between different causes of heel pain. This lesson will help you understand how doctors use tape as a diagnostic tool to decide if its plantar fasciitis or some other cause of runner's heel pain like stress fractures, bursitis, and nerve entrapments that is causing the trouble.
Doctors often use tape to stabilize the foot and decrease stress on the plantar fascia. And you can, too! This lesson will teach you exactly how to apply tape to the foot to help stabilize the heel during the healing process
There are dozens of stretches that are recommended for treating heal pain, but the truth is you can get the most benefit from just three (3) simple stretches. Don't waste your time trying to fit in dozens of different stretches! Focus your time and attention on the stretches that are most effective at mobilizing fluid from around the bottom of the heel and decreasing tension to the plantar fascia.
Although it may seem simple enough to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, there is a right way and a wrong way to stretch. Many runners get it wrong. Some stretches that are frequently recommended for the treatment of runners heel pain can actually make it worse. In fact, some stretches can cause a complete tear of the plantar fascia. Avoid risky stretching routines that can leave you limping instead of healing.
Award-winning researcher, renowned international lecturer and author of "Runner's Heel Pain: Self-Diagnosis and Self-Treatment", Dr. Segler's expertise and novel approach as a board-certified podiatrist is now available via course instruction.
As an accomplished runner and World Championship Ironman triathlete competitor himself, the San Francisco based foot & ankle surgeon has a unique perspective on injuries. Dr. Segler understands how important prompt return to activity can be for a runner with foot or ankle problems. His sports medicine podiatry practice focuses on keeping runners out on the road and this course series sets out to show you how.
Dr. Segler completed a three year reconstructive foot and ankle surgical residency and is licensed to practice in multiple states with top ratings from all patients he works with. He is a nationally recognize expert in running injuries, biomechanics and has been recognized with awards for research in foot and ankle surgery from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, The American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
In his own words..."Why should you listen to me?"
There are three reasons why you should listen to me:
1. I am a runner.
Of all the reasons you might want to listen to me, this likely is the best: I am a runner.
I understand the runner’s mentality. I understand that some runners might “run too much” and get an overtraining injury. I also understand why. One year, I completed one marathon and four Ironman Triathlons. By just about any standard, this would be running too much. But I survived, and I enjoyed it—so I understand what it means to run and to enjoy it.
I do not think anyone should stop running instead of seeking the appropriate treatment necessary to relieve the pain. I do not believe that “You need to stop running” is a reasonable treatment plan. I believe most runners with heel pain can run, train, and heal, all at the same time.
2. I teach other doctors how to treat injured runners.
Several times a year, I’m invited to speak at conferences where doctors receive their annual continuing medical education. I’m often invited to speak on topics including running biomechanics, subtle fracture patterns of the foot and ankle, and the treatment of complicated running injuries. After speaking at these conferences, I realized that, if I could teach physicians (many of whom don’t like to treat runners) how to diagnose and treat subtle and complicated running injuries, I also could teach runners who have no formal medical education.
Believe it or not, in some ways, it’s easier to teach non-physicians how to diagnose and treat their own injuries, because non-medical runners don’t have all the biases that are built into physicians after many years of medical training and clinical experience. You, as a non- physician, are free of the constraints of looking at a condition and wondering how you are going to bill an insurance company for it. You also are able to evaluate your injuries without concerns about legal liability. Your thoughts will not be distracted by concerns about ordering diagnostic tests simply to mitigate liability.
I started teaching runners how to diagnose their own injuries by doing remote consultations for patients overseas. I would schedule a phone consultation or Skype consultation with these people, who did not have access to Western medical care. In some cases, they were patients who happened to be in European countries and who just wanted somebody who was an expert specifically on running injuries and biomechanics. Sometimes they were patients in Southeast Asia or the Middle East. After doing many remote consultations, I realized that, if I can talk people through diagnosing their own injuries during a phone conversation, it should be simple enough to help you understand how to do the same on your own. Those discussions became the basis for the book you’re reading now.
3. I have all the less-important stuff, like high-level surgical training, prestigious academic awards, board certification, and licenses in multiple states.
The longer I am in practice, the less I believe in certifications, qualifications, and third-party credentialing. I actually believe that the least-important reason to listen to a physician is because of high-level credentials. I think that a focused interest in runners and experience as a runner are far more important. If, however, you happen to be one of those people who believe that third-party verification or credentials are the most-important factor, then you can rest assured that I have them. Here are some of mine:
I have a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine.
I completed a three-year surgical reconstructive foot and ankle surgery residency, resulting in board qualification status in forefoot surgery, rear-foot reconstructive surgery, and ankle surgery.
I am board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.
I have been licensed to practice in five states and never had a single complaint against me, ever.
But above all else, I love running, understand runners and love helping them figure out how they can keep running...even when someone says you should stop.