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Running After Torn Foot Ligament

Posted by Andrea R.

I tore a ligament in my right foot (on the front right side) about 10 weeks ago when I fell down some steps.  When I wake up in the mornings, I have to limp for a while until the muscles loosen up.  I just started running again, and I do feel the foot when I'm running.  It tends to swell some and I have to limp for a while after running.  The pain seems to have moved to the back of my foot as well.  However, the "pain" is more annoying than it is painful.

I was planning to start training for a half marathon that is in November.  I would love to still do the marathon.  When I take Ibuprofen and run, the foot seems to be fine and I don't feel pain and the swelling is contained.  Is it safe for me to go ahead and train for the race while just continuing to take Ibuprofen?

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I'm not a doctor and can't give medical advice, but I would suggest that you not run until your injury is healed. Pain, limping, etc. are ways that your body talks to you to tell you it can't handle the stress you are giving it. Taking ibuprofen or other similar things is not a good idea, because it masks the symptoms of your injury, that is, it masks the signs from your body that it needs more rest and time for healing. A half marathon is 13.1 miles, and that is a long distance. A runner without injury would just have enough time to train for a November half marathon, and with your injury you need extra time for healing. It's probably a disappointment to you, but I suggest that you aim for a Spring half marathon. During this fall, concentrate on getting your injury healed. If you need medical advice, find a good sports doctor.
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