Need some advice on my right ankle. Here's the story... It has been sprained very badly twice. so bad that I thought it was broken the last time and didn't run for almost 6 weeks. In fact, I got medically waived from my PT test for the military because it was so bad. The first bad sprain was in 2005 and the second in 2009. The ankle is now permanently slightly swollen right at the knob and aches quite often. I can run, and have been running 40 - 60 miles per week in training for a mid-April Marathon. When I run, it aches at the start and then gets better. When I stop it starts to aches pretty fast especially if I run over 20 miles.
Any advice? Also not running is not an option nor is decreasing mileage.
Also thanks to anyone that replies.
Does it ache in a specific spot or all over?
When you did either of the sprains - did you do anything to make it stronger? Balancing on one leg and tracing the alphabet with your foot are a couple of examples of what can be done to strengthen it.
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I would recommend seeing a physiotherapist for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In the mean time check out the following links for some of the more common causes of the symptoms you describe following a sprained ankle, in addition to strapping techniques for the ankle:
Hope that helps,
Good stuff to read. when I sprained my ankle the last time, I saw the flight surgeon but he was not an expert. And I think I might have running t-shirts older than he was. Getting to a specialist in the military can be rather difficult. The ache has lessened in the past few days because I stepped by the mileage from 60 to 45. But I will need to go back up the mileage and intensity as I prep for a marathon in April.
Go to a specialists. I have the same issue with my right ankle. Since I was a small child I would roll my ankles quite often. Then back in 2008 I rolled it to the point the knob touched conrete. I wore a brace for 3 months to allow the ligaments to heal and it still aches. Luckily for me I only roll it over when I am walking. Running knock on wood has not done it. What the podiatrist just told me is that I have loose ligaments, but in my right ankle it is worse from the sprains. I have the ache & in fact have rolled it twice in under a month once again just walking. So between the loose ligaments, sprains, etc... He is making me some orthotics from a cast which will help with stablizing the foot which will make it a little less likely for me to roll it, but mainly to improve the mechanics of my feet. I suffer from neuromas in both feet. There is a surgery he said I might consider if the rolling continues on it's course & that is to go in and clean out all the chips of bone & actually tighten the ligaments. Told him will just have to wait on that because really not ready to be inactive even for a couple of months.
So keep us posted on what you find out.