Is there anyone out there who ever solved the problem of persistent
ankle sprains? I did alot of running from 1978 until around 1985.
While ankle sprains were not the only reason for quitting, that was
easily the most significant single factor.
I started training again last spring (triathlon oriented) and, despite
very low mileage by my earlier norms, seem to be more prone to ankle
sprains than ever. I went out for a 90 minute run over the holidays
and rolled over (once again) on my left ankle. It was about as mild
a sprain as I have ever encountered and I probably could have continued
to run, but I've learned to take it easy on these things. So I
alternated a slow jog (maybe 8:30-9:00 pace) and walking (it was
just a little too chilly to simply walk the 3 miles back to my car).
Well, I rolled over on my ankle AGAIN while jogging slowly! This one
was severe enough to make even walking difficult, so I ended up flagging
a ride. I'll probably be off the roads for 5 days and won't be able to
run pain free for a couple of weeks (these things get real predictable
after you've done them about 50 times).
Has anyone ever found an answer to this? I always wrap my ankle before
running (elastic bandage) and I have a custom made leather ankle
"cast" (don't know what else to call it) that is uncomfortable as hell,
but I guess I could go back to it (probably cost me 2 minutes at T2).
Long ago I did visit an orthopedic surgeon twice where I basically
learned that my ankle infrastructure is pretty bad (that was certainly a
shocker). I also had some physical therapy exercizes aimed at both
balance and strength. I did those pretty religiously for a while, but
there was never any kind of real feedback to say "this is getting
better". Then I sprained my ankle again and quit doing them.
It is always my left ankle. I've got a slightly high arch and always
roll to the outside. I'm not sure why but my footplant on the right
side is 'normal' (land on my heel unless sprinting), but I've always
landed on the outside of the ball of my foot on my left side. I don't
know if this is a factor or not. It always happens when I step on
"something", but that something can be a stick the size of a pencil
if it is placed in just the right place under my foot.
Ideas or help out there?