Thanks for the suggestions Tom, I'll give the exercises a go to start with and see if they help. Should I lay off the running totally until I can move the ankle more, or is a bit of gentle running okay?
I broke my ankle at the end of January this year, and have been trying to get back into running since May/June, but it hasn't been going too well.
The bone (fibula) has healed, but slightly off-set, which I think is probably the reason for the problems. I can run (not very fast though!),but often have a very painful calf muscle, both during, and especially afterwards.
On longer runs, I feel that my foot angles slightly outwards and puts most of the weight on the outer edge of my foot unless I concentrate on my strike. Could this be a cause of the calf pain?
Another problem is that I do not have the full amount of movement in the foot (maybe 70%) thus making calf stretches more difficult.
I've spoken to my doctor, who was not very helpful, but sent me to the hospital who seemed even less bothered (mind you all the rest of their patients were old biddies who could hardly walk, so in comparison I probably looked like Usain Bolt).
Has anyone had any similar problems? If so how did you work through it?
I have thought about it, I have a few friends who have really improved their running by joining a club and training with them. Unfortunately though, club nights (at the local club) are the same nights as I have to take my kids to their sports clubs.
I may have to have a look for other clubs in the area.