5 Keys for Prevention of Foot and Ankle Injuries


We have a very special guest with us today.  Dr. Stefanie Flippin is not only a true expert in the foot and ankle working as a surgeon, clinician, and practice owner but she also a professional ultrarunner for HOKA, run coach, and the 2021 USATF 100 mile national champion and course record holder!


This conversation was such a treat as Stefanie may be one of the most positive spirits out there but I just loved her outlook on running injuries and our running community.



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Stefanie is a professional ultrarunner for HOKA and resides in the Front Range of Colorado. She spent the first 22 years of her life in her hometown of San Diego, having graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2010. Stefanie comes from an extensive background in competitive ballet and didn’t turn to distance running until she was in medical school, as a way to manage her stress. She completed her first marathon in 2012 and soon after, ran her first 50 mile and 100 mile races. Stefanie is the 2021 USATF 100 Mile National Champion and course record holder, with her current PR of 14:35:20. She currently holds the 6th all-time fastest 100 mile time for an American woman. She is also the 2020 Tunnel Hill 100 female champion and has raced dozens of ultras from the 50k to 100 mile distances. Stefanie is the co-owner of her private practice, alongside her husband Mitchell, in Lakewood, Colorado, where she practices as a foot and ankle clinician and surgeon. She views all her patients, regardless of age and ability, as athletes and treats them as so – valuing mobility and staying active above all else. Stefanie is active in public healthcare and climate change policy development and has worked with the Colorado Governor throughout the recent pandemic. Stefanie is a plant-based athlete and highly values lowering her carbon footprint. Stefanie is a running coach with Lift Run Perform and leads an international to local team of athletes, focusing on anything from the mile up to 200 mile/multi-day races. She enjoys being involved in her local running community and is a strong believer in running’s ability to be a grassroots way to empower humans and build their confidence. Stefanie lives and trains at 8,700 feet with her husband and two high energy dogs, Shava and Pace. You can find her enjoying the views from local mountain peaks, pushing her limits along the way, and enjoying a craft brew after.


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In this episode, Stefanie shares her passion and 5 key takeaway points to overcoming foot and ankle pain as a runner!


  1.     No patient should be treated the same
  2.     Find the right shoe! 
  3.     Importance of active stretching and mobility routines 
  4.     Address proximal issues (hip muscles and even the mental aspect of overcoming an injury)
  5.     The power of belief and its impact on healing and pain management


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Connect with Stefanie:


Instagram: @stefanieannflippin


Lift Run Perform Website: https://liftrunperform.com/

Clinic Website: https://www.flippinfootandankle.com


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Duane Scotti, PT, PhD, DPT

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