How do I prevent ankle pain while running?
Runners commonly experience ankle pain. The good news is that there are ways to prevent it! The first thing you can do is wear the proper running shoes. A lot of runners don’t have the ideal stride, most over- or underpronate. Overpronation is when the foot rolls inward, and underpronation is when the foot doesn’t roll inward enough. If your running shoes fit well, they can correct these problems, which will in turn prevent ankle pain while running. If you don’t wear the proper footwear, it could cause or aggravate ankle injuries.
Another thing you can do is avoid running on uneven surfaces likes trails or cobblestone roads. If you do have lower leg problems, avoid loose gravel at all costs. Running up or down hills can also cause ankle injuries.
Make sure to listen to your body. Stop or modify your workout if you experience any ankle pain. If you start running too far, too quickly, your risk of developing an ankle injury increases. Don’t increase your mileage by more than 10% per week. Lastly, schedule an appointment with your chiropodist if you’re experiencing any foot or ankle problems.
Can I run while I’m injured?
Almost every runner has been injured at some point in his or her life. Those that sought out the proper medical attention and rested were able to run again. If you ignore your injury, it will only get worse. The truth is, most running injuries heal with time. If you can be patient enough to allow the healing process to complete, you will be on your feet again in no time!
This doesn’t mean that you have to sit on your couch for a week or two, if you do have a routine stick to it. During the time of day you normally go for a run, take a walk (if your injury allows). This way you can still get your heart rate up and boost your mood.
Also, do something everyday to benefit your health. See your chiropodist, your chiropractor, get a massage, take the recommended medication, stretch and eat properly. Once you take action, you can speed up your recovery time.