Why do I experience ankle pain while running?
Ankle pain while running can be caused by something as simple as the wrong pair of shoes, inadequate stretching/warming up or improper running form, or a more serious cause such as: Achilles tendonitis, ankle impingement, a stress fracture, ankle sprain or tarsal tunnel syndrome. If you experience frequent or chronic ankle pain while running, or have a previous injury that continues to flare up, it is important to consult a physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
How do I know if my ankle is bruised, sprained, or broken?
An ankle bruise can be caused by a blow to the muscles and soft tissue in the ankle that causes a blood vessel to break close to the surface of the skin. An ankle sprain is when the ligaments in your ankle become damaged from being torn or stretched beyond their limits. An ankle fracture happens when at least one of the three bones in your ankle breaks. All three ankle injuries can cause bruising and swelling.
So how do you know if your ankle is just bruised or if it is sprained or even broken? You should still be able to bear weight on your ankle if it is only bruised, where a sprain or fracture will usually be too painful to stand holding your full weight. A sprain usually occurs silently, or in severe cases with a popping sound, while a fracture may make a cracking sound. If your ankle looks misshapen beyond some swelling, your ankle is most likely broken. If the pain you experience is in the soft part of your ankle, it is more likely a sprain whereas pain that is tender to the touch directly over your ankle bone is probably a fracture. If you are unsure if your ankle is broken, you should always see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
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According to medical studies, there is minimal reduction in first time ankle injuries with a brace. However, braces do help prevent recurrent ankle sprains and reduce pain in current injuries by preventing unnecessary movement. The ZenToes ankle brace is an excellent choice when preventing future recurring injuries as it is durable, washable and reusable and has a customizable fit to accommodate changes due to swelling. It can be worn inside wider shoes to stabilize your ankle as you go about your daily life in addition to use during sporting activities.