I'm 35 years old, 135 lb, and I've been running for a little over a year now. During the winter, I ran mostly on a treadmill. My typical runs are 3-5 miles at 1% incline 3 times a week. Toward the end of the winter, I started having some pain on the inside of my right ankle. It didn't hurt so much while I was running, mainly after I was done. I took a break to rest it, but the pain returned when I started running again. My running shoes are about 4 months old and were professionally fitted.
Now that spring is here, I'm running mainly outside on pavement, and my ankle is fine when I do that. However, rainy weather sometimes forces me back inside to the treadmill, and my ankle starts hurting again.
Does anyone have any idea what could be going on here? Any advice? Thanks so much.
My guess is your runs outside are not at a 1% grade, but mixed angles. Try removing the 1% and running your treadmill flat.
Pain on the inside of the ankle can come from minor plantarflexor muscles deep in the calf, whose tendons must wrap around the ankle...
Running on a constant grade for a half-hour or so could be a little much for them. Even if the grade is slight, the effect is cumulative.
A year is not a long time to have been running. I remember the aches and pains of my first year or so, and you have to trust your body to adjust in time. This process is not likely to be painless. For your part, the fundamentals of good nutrition and hydration combined with your training, will deliver results as long as you are consistent and do not run through your injuries. It's OK to take a little time off every now and then to gently rehab your aching legs. Remember that tight muscles stress tendons that may be remote to the muscle itself. Explore those deep calf muscles for tender spots and rub them out per instructions in this video by Dr. Jonathan Kuttner...
Whatever you do, it's better to take on your pain directly by rubbing it than to resort to anti-inflammatory meds. Inflammation is the process by which your immune system repairs the wear and tear of exercise, and the pain is what limits you from inflicting further damage on yourself. As for the time required, some soreness goes away in days, while tendonitis and other overuse injuries can take months. Try cutting back on your exercise during the healing process, and if things continue to worsen, consider suspending the exercise altogether and consulting a doctor familiar with sports injuries.