Too Soon To Run?

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  1. GeorgesRun

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    It's just another variation on the "when can I run again?" question that we all ask.

    Pain is gone. (It was very low level pain to start with.)

    Swelling is reduced, but not entirely.

    Can I run yet?



    After my last "long" run (3 days ago, in reduced shoe, not bf) my ankle was a bit stiff/sore/achey. No sharp pain. I took two rest days instead of one, but last night, I noticed that while the pain is gone, there is some swelling (again, non-localized. It ranges all the way from top of foot to back of ankle, both medial & lateral sides.) It's less swollen today, but still doesn't look like the other ankle.

    If I decide to run, I think I will be checking out the Rails to Trails multi-use trail nearby, and doing a slow run without tracking distance. If the trail is unexpectedly lumpy or technical, I'll walk instead :( but I think RtT trails are usually root-less and relatively smooth.

    There's nothing like a swollen ankle in Week 3 of 16 on a training plan.... :(

    -gr
     
  2. Barefoot TJ

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    I don't know, GR.  Doesn't

    I don't know, GR. Doesn't sound good. Have you thought about posting this in the Ask the Docs forum?
     
  3. GeorgesRun

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    Oops... meant to post it here

    Oops... meant to post it here in Ask the Docs... moved.

    For today, I decided not to run. That makes it 3 rest days, no pain, and I'll see if there's still swelling tomorrow. It seems weird to have swelling with no pain, but I don't get injured often enough to know if it's normal or freakishly bad.

    I'm still hoping to hit the (very non-technical) trail tomorrow...
     
  4. If you have no pain but

    If you have no pain but swelling.... Swelling is a sign that something is not right. It may not be serious, but you probably watch it and take it very, very slow. If it persists, consider an MRI.
     
  5. GeorgesRun

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    Update:  I waited until the

    Update: I waited until the pain AND the swelling were both gone. Then I resumed my training schedule. No problems for a couple of runs (a short 3 & a medium 5), but yesterday's long 10 started badly and ended up being a 0.75 out and walk home. :( Both the ankle and what I've always thought of as the "blade" (the most lateral metatarsal? I'm not sure.) were hurting enough that my walk home was a slow hobble. The ankle is better today, but the foot is still sore. Guess I'm sidelined for a few days to see if the pain goes away again or not.

    I just re-read that and realized that I should clarify that there were rest days in there, too. I really am trying to get better patiently! I hope I don't have to give up my fall marathon, but if I can't finish uninjured, I don't finish, period.
     
  6. Barefoot TJ

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    Do you have a stress

    Do you have a stress fracture?
     
  7. Barefoot TJ

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    At least get an MRI like Doc

    At least get an MRI like Doc suggested?
     
  8. Dr James Stoxen DC

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    Hi there, I'm unsure if you have resolved your problem but here is a video that can help you.

    Self-Tests & Exercises To Reduce Over Pronation and Over Supination From Impacts During Walking and Running
     

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