Have you had your ankle checked out? If you tore ligments then it will take a long time to recover. You might want to go and see s sports physio and see what they think. They will be est placed to advise you on what exercises you need to do depending on what part of your ankle you damaged.
I think that going to the physio again specifically about my hip is a good idea - it was a bit of an after thought last time, so she didn't really give it much attention. Then take it form there - I should probably explain a bit of the background I posted above to her as well!
No running friends/family here either - my friends and family tend to specialise more in the 'couch' thing!
As I said, I'm very much a beginner so, although I would like to up my mileage to be able to do 10k's, HMs maybe even a Marathon one day, I am very aware that I shouldn't plan to run before I can walk, so to speak (or more accurately, to race before I can run!) My immediate goal is to increase my stamina and distance gradually, improve my fitness and just to make running and exercise a regular part of my life. If I can do that, then no doubt there will be all sorts of options open to me - it's not that I don't want to be able to do those things, but for now I just want to keep going and improving, if that makes sense. I'm slow and can't run that far, but I'm 'running' and that's enough for me to work on for now!
I am a complete novice and have only been running for a few months - I started with the Couch 2 5k programme (having put in YEARS of hard training for the couch bit ) and I'm now up to about 5km every other day. I know it's very early days and nothing compared to the runners on here, but it's a start and the general advice I have gleaned on here suggests that I shouldn't just ignore the niggles.
I am fully aware that I will and do have muscle aches and fatigue as they adjust, but the niggle I have in my hip doesn't feel like that. I've googled for pictures of the area and I would say that I can best decribe the ache as being somewhere around the Gluteus Medius or top of the ITB, just below the iliac crest (spelling?). When I stretch the area, rather than relieve the ache, it seems to trigger the pain and it doesn't feel like normal stretching of muscles. Even if the area wasn't hurting, stretching it can set it off. I don't have any pain around my knees though - so not sure if it could be ITB. I seem to recall several years ago (when i used to run on a treadmill regularly - about 6 miles a day) that I had constant pain in my hips somewhere around this area (though I can't recall exactly where now). I knew nothing about running, so didn't have gait analysis or proper shoes or anything and just kept running through it and when I eventually stopped going to the gym and exercising, it took many months to get better - which makes me wonder if I have a biomechanical tendancy to this.
I went to physio about my ankle and mentioned it, but she thought it was just untrained muscle adjusting, but It hasn't improved and it just doesn't feel like that (believe me - I have plenty of untrained muscles to compare!!).
I know it isn't possible or sensible to get a diagnosis over the internet, but thought that, as I have very flat feet and over pronate quite a lot ( I have MC shoes) that it might be worth looking into getting a bio-mech assessment. I know I had to be referred to an osteo (I think) when I was a child due to biomechanical problems, so have some history of it.
I'm concious that I may well just be an over-cautious newbie, but any advice as to which particular profession would be best for me to go to for further investigation would be much appreciated.
Sorry to be ignorant, but who does a biomechanical assessment? What I mean is, would I go to a physio? Pod? etc??
I have a niggle in my left hip when I run, which settles with a day or so of rest, but I'm worried that it might develop into something more when I increase my mileage. My physio said my muscles just need to get used to running, but it doesn't feel like an underused muscle to me. I'm wondering if a full biomech assess would be helpful.