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How to Stop Your Inner Ankle From Hurting When Running

Inner ankle pain often occurs from running. Find out why that happens and what you can do about it in this article.

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By Babafemi Adebajo
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated March 14, 2023.

If running is to remain enjoyable, then it must be without pain. Sure, there may be occasional soreness of muscles when you over-exert or push them beyond their limits, but not pain. If you experience pain in your inner ankle when running or after, it may be due to a more severe condition like posterior tibial tendonitis. Without management, such as shoes for a sprained ankle, pain can lead to further injury and lower the quality of your life.

Why Your Inner Ankle Is Sore When Running

Inner ankle pain is common with runners and can occur either during the race or after you’re done. If medial ankle pain occurs while running, it’s probably due to incorrect technique or improper footwear. If inner ankle soreness occurs after the race, it can be due to an ankle sprain, weak ankle stabilizers, weak calf muscles, or the compensation that occurs to carry you through your run.

Prevention and Treatment of Ankle Pain

To treat inner ankle soreness, you can begin by reducing how long you run. Afterward, consider resting the foot and using ice to reduce inflammation swelling. You may also need to change your running shoes to one that better supports the arch of your foot. It's also important to understand that you may still experience pain on the interior or exterior of your ankle without swelling.

Additionally, you can perform ankle exercises to strengthen the posterior tibial tendon, the calf muscles, and ankle stabilizers. You may also consider using Upstep's custom orthotics for running. These orthotics will be designed to support your arch and reduce pressure on the posterior tibial tendon.

Inner ankle pain can be problematic for a runner and keep you off the track. However, by adhering to your exercises and getting your custom orthotics, you’ll be back out there sooner than you can imagine.

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