Inner Calf Pain

by Anthea
(Pasadena, CA)

Hi there,
I started running about 8 months ago, slowly working up to about 3 1/2 - 5 1/2 miles per run (3 - 4 times per week) on a treadmill. About 6 months ago, I sprained my ankle (rolled inwards) turning a corner too quickly and it took about 3 weeks to heal (with a brace and limited activity).

Since then, I've had on and off pain in the tendons around the ankle sprain (on the inside part of my ankle and lower calf). I usually take some ibuprofen and do an elliptical machine instead or ride a recumbant bike to give the leg a couple days to heal before I resume running.

Lately, the pain has been getting worse. There are some days when I can run my full 5 1/2 but I know that afterwards, I will be limping and have a hard time walking. By the next day, I can barely walk. The pain seems to be spreading upwards on the inside of my calf. I usually just take ibuprofen and keep off of it for a few days to rest it for my next run.

Any idea what this pain could be and how to treat it? Thanks so much for your insight.


Answer by Dominique:

Hi Anthea,
Thank you for your running injury question.
I'd expect an ankle sprain to last for a maximum of a few weeks with a bit of RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and anti-inflammatories.

Your ankle is not healing well. This can indicate different things, possibly a fracture or torn ligaments.

You need to go to a podiatrist and get this properly diagnosed, that's all I can say.
Definitely take a break from running. There may be cross-training activities you can do to maintain your aerobic base, e.g. light cycling, that do not put as much pressure on the ankle. But definitely go to a specialist with this.

Sorry I can't give you a remedy.
Best of luck with the ankle.
Kind regards,

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