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ankle pain advice please!


Please tell me I don't have to give up or rest......that would be too disappointing as due to start wk 6 tomorrow, but my right ankle has been really painful after last 3 runs. Front and back, but like having a sprain type of pain. Its still painful the next day, but not as bad and OK by the time I'm due to run again, so I have been. Just worried that I'm probably doing damage. Going shopping for an ankle support today. Any other advice gratefully received.

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It could be lots of things, but the answer is likely to be support, your ankles are getting stronger and not liking it and just need a little help, might be worth having gait analysis done too but try the cheaper option first!

kutch70Graduate in reply to Jusforfun

thx currently got leg in air and ankle support on, seems to he helping!


I got an ankle brace from Physioroom, excellent but would really get your ankle checked 1st... I hadn't realised but from running I had a stress fracture and now use the brace just when I need a little extra support but pain from fracture took 18mnths and is still there occasionally. Good luck

kutch70Graduate in reply to Alex62

wow! went to Boots and got a support and tubular bandage and that has helped already, but I will get it checked out thx


Get it checked. I ran for the whole programme with an ankle niggle that just worsened. I graduated 3 weeks ago and have only done 1 post grad run which I had to cut short as I was limping whilst running. I have strained a ligament at the front of my ankle/foot and it still hurts to walk, use stairs, squats etc. I have been told to keep off it. I wish I had listened to my body earlier and rested it for a while as I may not of had to have so much time off. I will probably have to go back to week 3/4ish - so it was not worth ignoring it.

kutch70Graduate in reply to alliesp

Blimey thanks I will!


Hi - have you got the right shoes? Do they support your ankle & legs correctly? If you haven't had your gait analysed, you really should. It's so worth it. I was running in the wrong shoes for over 6 months and was wondering why I kept getting such massive pain - it turns out my feet were landing and each ankle was collapsing inwards each step. It looked horrendous on the video playback. No wonder my legs were painful. Was recommended a pair of Brooks which have a wide base and super strong support on the instep - no more probs!

kutch70Graduate in reply to danzargo

thanks, I've read in a magazine somewhere a cheap way of checking gait, so I might give that a go. Have got proper running shoes but have had problems with my knees in the past which according to one doctor was due to the way I walk, so very possible!

JusforfunGraduate in reply to kutch70

Lots of running shops will do it for free, if you have one locally it's really worth it, but even sports world will do a simple gait analysis, hope you get sorted soon and keep going!


I would really recommend getting a gait analysis done. My local running shop did it for free. I was horrified when I saw how I was running in my trainers. It was no wonder my ankles were sore! I now have a new pair of Adidas trainers with support for my arches and my ankles are pain free :-)

kutch70Graduate in reply to tal31

thanks, going to have to do something. Walking the dog gives me pain now! Going to repeat wk 5 I think then get gait analysis done this weekend.

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