This guide will help you assess your ankle pain from running and help you decide if an ankle support is best for you.
Let’s take a look at some important information and what the latest advice is from leading health organisations, such as the NHS.
The ankle joint is very complex and pain can occur for a number of reasons in different areas.
It’s important to know what part of your ankle feels painful when running as this will help determine what kind of ankle support you need.
If you develop pain at the back of your ankle when running, it is likely that it could be your Achilles tendon developing a condition called Achilles tendonitis.
This is an overuse injury commonly caused by running or playing football, and affects over 150,000 people in the UK according to BUPA.
Achilles tendonitis occurs from small tears and inflammation to the tendon which become worse over time if you do not allow it to heal properly before continuing with running.
If you have symptoms of pain or stiffness to your Achilles tendon, or any swelling after running, you should contact your GP or Physiotherapist for assessment to prevent the condition getting worse.
If your symptoms are very mild, or you have been told by a health professional you are able to continue running, then this ankle support is best for you.
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If you experience pain around the ‘ball’ of your ankle and down the sides of your foot after running for a prolonged period, it is most likely a sprain.
An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments that connect bones together.
It is incredibly common, accounting for around 20% of all sports injuries, according to the NHS Royal United Hospital Bath.
It is most often caused when the foot twists inwards resulting in the ligaments on the outside of the ankle becoming stretched or torn in more severe cases.
The best way to treat a sprained ankle at the time of injury is to follow the ‘PRICE’ method.
The PHYSIFLEX ankle wrap is designed to provide compression to help reduce swelling and pain in sprained ankles during the early stages of injury. Click here to see more.
If your symptoms are severe, you have difficulty walking or there is any bruising or swelling, you must see your GP or local minor injury unit for assessment to rule out more severe injury.
If your symptoms are mild or you have been told by a health professional that you are able to return to running and exercise, then the PHYSIFLEX ankle support below can help provide compression to control swelling and stability to prevent further injury. Click here to see more.
If you find that you develop an ache or pain underneath your foot after running, it is more likely a condition called plantar fasciitis.
The best support to help with this kind of foot pain when running is the PHYSIFLEX Compression Sleeve. Click here to see more.