Advice wanted for a new runner
I am relatively new to running, a year in now, having come across from cycling and have built up from the real basics (run 1 min, walk 1 min) to doing about 15 miles a week between 2 runs. Recently (last 4 weeks) I have started to get a dull pain in my right ankle, the pain is very localised and appears to be in/on the bone on the inside of the joint. It occurs during longer runs and I do get residual pain afterwards but it generally disappears during the following day. I can happily run with the discomfort but know that this probably isn't the best course of action if I don't want to end up with a running related injury.
I recently had my stride etc examined and as a result I bought a new pair of trainers and orthotics, before that I had been running in a pair that a friend had given me.
Jason asks a key question.... and have you had any change in your running schedule? Has the mileage been steady, or did it jump up just prior to the initial injury? (maybe the 3 subsequent weeks haven't been a cause of the problem... but might be enough to prevent full healing of the injury).
First thing I'd do is have a week off running... maybe go on a bike or rowing machine to keep your exercise up, without the impact.
The pain started a couple of weeks after getting the new trainers but has also coincided with an increase in weekly mileage. I concentrated on how it felt tonight and it was more when I push off rather than when I land on my heel.
I have started doing runs with a variation of my running footwear, eg. new trainers without inserts, old trainers with inserts etc. So far no improvement.... I will consider having a week off possibly after seeing my chiropracter.
Thanks for the advice Jason. Have you tried a balance board?
I have considered that the shoes may be wrong, somewhat galling given how much they cost but I'd rather shell out for those rather than be lumbered with an injury! Hard to determine what the actual issue is though and this was what I was trying to investigate on this forum. I am past the 30 day return policy the shop have unfortunately....
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