Ankle Pain

by - Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm not sure when I did whatever it was that I did, but I think softball may be my problem. Yesterday I spent the day icing the outside of my left ankle, right around the area where the ankle bone sticks out. I'm not sure what the problem is, but it feels really sore and tight there.

It hurts when I walk and make any sort of lateral movement, but running didn't seem to bother it. (At least that's what I thought at first.)

Needless to say I went out and tried to run this morning. Got about 10 minutes in and the pain that had started in my outer ankle area had moved into my shin and calf. Kept pushing for another 5 minutes. Stopped to stretch by a tree and that hurt like crazy. Trotted for another five minutes then finally threw in the towel and walked the rest of the way home.

I iced it some more this morning before I went to take my final. And now that I'm back (final was pretty's a class I'm taking pass/fail, so I just need a D to get credit) I'll probably ice it again.

Does anyone have any other suggestions besides ice and now obviously trying to stay off it?

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  1. You might have a slight ankle sprain. You probably know this therapy already: RICE. Rest, ice, elevation and compression. Most people don't know about compression but I've found it to be helpful. Just get one of the Tensor elastic bandages and wrap it fairly snugly around your ankle (but not so snugly that it throbs or you foot turns blue!). Google RICE for more info about compression.

    Once the pain is gone (I'm assuming in something like 3 or 4 days), start rehabbing with foot circles. For details on how often and how many reps, see Mobilizing.

  2. Anonymous8:23 PM

    i agree with joe^^

    you just need to rest & ice it basically. i was thinking it might be an ankle sprain, too. do you have any books on running? there are tons out there. the reason to get a running book is cause it can help you not only prevent injury, but it can help you treat injury & find what injury you have by looking at symptons. here are some that will help:

    "the complete book of running for women" (claire kowalchik)
    "the competitive runner's handbook" (bob glover)

    they are both great. anyway (i'm not try to sell these books! they are the two best that i have), good luck, and be careful!

  3. See the doctor to find out the source of the pain. I do not know what to say based on what I have experienced in the past.

  4. Joe has great advice. :>) I hope it feels better super fast!

  5. Sounds like similar pain I am dealing with with my right ankle. Odd.

  6. Ankle pain is the worst thing ever happened to me.