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Beginner Running with Ankle Pain

by Rachel
(Hudson, NH)

I am 48 years old and I started running a couple weeks ago. you know run, walk when needed type stuff.

I have gone out about 5 times doing pretty well.

Last night I noticed my ankle bothering me and I didn't twist it or anything so I'm not sure what that's all about?





I do have good sneakers and why 5 times into it there had been 3 days in between the last time I ran.

Any ideas?


Answer by Dominique:

Hi there,
Thanks for your question about your ankle pain.
I would have some doubts about whether this would really be running related.

Not because you have only been out five times, people can get injured within five times of running, but because you noticed the pain three days after your last run. I would have expected a reaction a little sooner after your run.

Ankle pain does not just have to be due to twisting it. If this is running related then it could be due to the following:
When you run all the tendons, joints and ligaments in your ankles get used. If "stuff" in there rubs against eachother when you run and you do too much of it, you can get inflammation or even a small tear.

When you have got ankle pain it is always a good idea to rest it and to apply ice. Quite often pain will go away with a few days of rest and then you would be good to go again.

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If pain persists, visit your physician who can properly diagnose you.

Hope this helps.
Kind regards,
Dominique

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