“Adapt and Overcome”

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Tonya Olson

Dr. Tonya Olson, MSPT, DPT
Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Certified Manual Physical Therapist

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A little tip-if something hurts when it bends, figure out how to prevent it from bending

This runner’s big toe was hurting when it bent upwards, the pain was significant enough that he was planning on dropping out of the race 💔


How to prevent the toe to from bending? Find something rigid to tape to the bottom of the insole. A tongue depressor would have done the trick but, couldn’t find any in the medical kits. After asking around, someone brought me a paint stir stick-Perfect! I marked the length it needed to be with a sharpie and someone went to work cutting it down and beveling the edge🪚


I used Leukotape to secure it to the bottom of the insole and the runner headed back out on the trail! 🏃‍♂️⛰


If ultras teach anything it’s that things are not always as bad as they seem.

Sometimes a little ingenuity is all that is needed!