Running offers many benefits, such as improving your cardiovascular health and reducing stress. But if you’re experiencing pain in your ankle after you finish a run, you might have sustained an injury or have a medical condition that requires further medical assistance.
Read on to learn about the potential reasons that you’re experiencing ankle pain after running, as well as how Biocorrect can help.
3 potential causes for ankle pain after running
Your ankle gets put through a lot on a daily basis because it supports the weight of your entire body. Consistent wear and tear or strenuous physical activity may lead to an injury or medical condition that causes ankle pain after running.
Here are three potential causes for ankle pain after running:
Strain or sprain — While they are often confused, sprains and strains affect different parts of the ankle. A strain refers to an injured tendon or muscle, while an ankle sprain refers to an injured ligament. Both can cause pain, swelling and reduced mobility. Bruising is a symptom for sprains, but not strains. If your feet are landing awkwardly as you run, you can twist your ankle and cause a strain or sprain.
Arthritis — Since the ankle is a large joint, it can be a location for arthritis. Inflammation occurs after the cartilage in the ankle joint breaks down, causing pain, stiffness and a reduced range of motion. The most common types of arthritis that cause ankle pain are osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Wearing incorrect footwear while you run, or allowing your feet to heavily hit the ground with each step, can cause a flare-up in arthritis pain.
Tendinitis — Due to repetitive motion, the ankle is one of the most common places in the body to develop tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendon. The symptoms of tendinitis include pain, stiffness and swelling, which can reduce your joint’s range of motion. Running while you have tendinitis can worsen the pain and potentially cause more damage to the tendon.
Biocorrect has orthotics that can help reduce ankle pain after running
Ankle pain is always frustrating, especially if it occurs after running because it can reduce your motivation to exercise. With the help of Biocorrect orthotics, you can help alleviate your ankle pain by reducing the pressure that’s placed on your ankle while you run.
Contact us to learn more about the orthotics we offer or to set up an initial evaluation with one of our certified pedorthists.