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Should I be running if I have a sore ankle?

Asked 3 years ago

I have a very rigid training schedule and would like to stick to it, but I've had persistent pain in my ankle for the past few days. Should I stop running on it, or will I be fine?

Issac Dorsey

Thursday, November 04, 2021

No. If you continue to run before your pain has subsided, your injury may worsen. While your ankle heals, you can either relax or find different ways to exercise — swimming is a good option.

Weight-bearing is encouraged if possible without causing pain in your ankle, to return to a normal walking technique. Wearing an orthotic to support and protect the surrounding structures may be advantageous depending on the extent of the damage. However, don't go galloping up the hills because you're wearing an orthotic. Take it slow lest it gets worse.

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