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I have pain in my inside lower leg and ankle. It feels hot and is a bit swollen. What could be the cause?


Posted by kwolfe

I run 5 miles at a time.  I don't recall tripping or injuring my ankle.  It has now become painful to walk.
 
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Pain is not normal. Pain is a sign from your body that something is wrong. There are several potential causes of your injury. There are three types of running shoes, and you might have the wrong type for your body. You might be pushing yourself too much, such as running too fast or too far in distance or time. You might not be getting enough rest between workouts. By rest I mean doing things that put less stress on your body than your running does. One way to get more rest is to take a day off from exercising. Another way is to exercising at a lower level, such as running half the distance and/or running slower. Light crosstraining, swimming, cycling, walking, are other ways to get more rest. And, of course, getting sufficient sleep at night. Getting proper rest is just as important to your training as your running.

I'm not a doctor, so I can only suggest things for your consideration. Here are my suggestions. Don't run until the pain is gone. You can do crosstraining if no pain occurs. After the pain is gone, spend a couple of weeks in walking. If no pain occurs, try running, but only run half the distance or time that you've been running. Run at a relatively slow pace such that you could carry on a conversation with a running friend. If you still have pain, see a podiatrist to have your feet and shoes checked. When you buy new shoes, don't get them from a mall type store. Those stores frequently have inexperienced clerks who don't know how to prescribe the correct shoes. Go to a quality running store where the clerk will watch you walk and run, perhaps even videotaping you so you can see yourself.

Good luck, and please keep us informed about your injury.

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