If your ankle reels in pain when running you are likely suffering from a sprained or twisted ankle.
Causes of Ankle Injuries
Ankle injuries are caused by running on an even surface e.g. trails and also poor landing.
Treatment of Ankle Pain Injury
Though ankle pain injury is often associated with swelling of the surrounding tissues, there have been instances in which there is no swelling.
If the ankle injury is swollen and you can’t even walk comfortably there is need to seek medical attention. Ankle injury with no swelling may indicate that the ankle injury is not severe and a home treatment of rest and avoiding activities that may cause will work.
Recovery time of an ankle sprain injury depends on the amount of physical therapy you receive. Physical therapy and exercise helps to lessen the swelling and pain as well as strengthening up the muscles in your ankle.
The following you tube video demonstrates Ankle sprain exercise technique that you can incorporate as part of your physical therapy.
There is a link between a runners knee pain and weak knees. In an article in runners world magazine two runners who suffered chronic knee pain recovered after they were put on a program of hip strengthening exercises.
Reed Ferber Hip Strengthening Exercise.
The article has a program demonstration by Reed Ferber, Ph. D., director of the University of Calgary’s Running Injury Clinic. He recommends doing them daily after you run. Start with one set of 10 reps and gradually increase sets so that you’re doing three sets of 10 by your fourth day. You should see improvement in two weeks. If you don’t, Ferber says to see a doctor because the cause of your injury may lie elsewhere.