Injury question from newbie

Injury question from newbie

Post by grumpyma » Tue, 04 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Hi all,

    I've only been running for about 1.5 months now, and have experienced
several pains that have come and gone.  However, I have a pain in the side
of my ankle that has been persisting for about 2 weeks now.  I don't know
all the names of the muscles, etc., but I'll try to pinpoint it.  If the
round bond that sticks out on the right side of the right ankle were a
clock, my pain is somewhere in the 4 to 5 o'clock position, beginning
approximately 1/4 inch from that round bone.  That's where I feel it if i
rub it.  Also, if I tilt the left side of my foot up and the right side
down, keeping my leg straight (stretching that area of my ankle), I can
really feel it.  The pain is not unbearable, and seems to loosen up when I
run.  However, the next morning it hurts pretty bad.

    I usually run 3 to 3.5 miles for approximately 30 minutes, everyother
night.  I don't spend as much time as I should stretching, and am concerned
that I may have done some damage.

    By the way, I am 28, weigh 150 lbs, and in average shape.  I suppose
it's even possible that it's an old injury that I have forgotten about
that's surfacing.  God knows there's been alot of those since I started
trying to get in better shape!

    Thanks,

Michael

 
 
 

Injury question from newbie

Post by Kristine Bennet » Wed, 05 Aug 1998 04:00:00

this sounds like you are having some ligament strain due to weak ankles.
Are you running in the grass or doing trail running?  Normally that is

don't have the joints that are used to that abuse.  Try icing after each
run for 20minutes.  Run on an asphalt surface if you can.  Work on ankle
strengthening - standing on one foot (without leaning on anything) for 5
minutes each side.

Good luck>

 
 
 

Injury question from newbie

Post by Drew Trac » Thu, 06 Aug 1998 04:00:00

This first thing that I'd recommend is to try a different pair of shoes.
Sounds like a possibly expensive solution, but it worked for me.  I had just
bought some new Nikes that I absolutely loved.  After about a week I noticed
a sharp pain in my right hip that I couldn't figure out.  The shoes were
comfortable, but it turns out that they just weren't for me.  Shortly after
switching to some new shoes the pain disappeared.

Drew

Quote:

>Hi all,

>    I've only been running for about 1.5 months now, and have experienced
>several pains that have come and gone.  However, I have a pain in the side
>of my ankle that has been persisting for about 2 weeks now.  I don't know
>all the names of the muscles, etc., but I'll try to pinpoint it


 
 
 

Injury question from newbie

Post by Skeeto » Tue, 18 Aug 1998 04:00:00

<<<Work on ankle
strengthening - standing on one foot (without leaning on anything) for 5
minutes each side.>>>          

To progress this exercise, CLOSE YOUR EYES while standing on one foot. Your
body relies so much on vision, and when you take it away you can really
challenge your other balance systems.

This works on your proprioception/strength, your ankle's ability to sense
instability, react and correct. Try it in a doorway, so your hands can grasp
the sides if you really lose your balance.

You can also add movements, such as the kicking the elevated leg
forward/backward, side to side, while balancing on the stance leg.

Try it. I give it to my physical therapy patients all the time.

Mike