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A 27-year-old male asked:

what is the cause of ankle pain (outside) after a run? and how do i fix it?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Stress fracture: Maybe it is a simple sprain, but it is possible that you may have a stress fracture from the repeated trauma (pounding on your ankles as you run). Take it easy for couple of weeks along with motrin/aleve trial. Do good range of motion/stretching, and use a new/good pair of running shoes. If not better, consult doc for an eval. Good luck.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Sprain : Ice, rest, more supportive shoes. If swollen or pain continues see physician.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Could be : A sprained ligament or peroneal tendonitis. Ice is helpful, you may be better off wearing an ankle brace while running until this pain subsides. An antiinflammatory can be considered as well.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

If I have persistent ankle pain when running should I take a break?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Yes! See a doc!: Ankle pain during running could be from many conditions including tendinitis, a stress fracture, ankle instability, arthritis, etc. See a sports medicine specialist who has an interest in running injuries. Consider a trial of painless swimming, biking or use of the elliptical to minimize the impact on your ankle. Update your athletic shoes if over a year old or if they have over 300 miles on them.
A 29-year-old member asked:

If ankle pain, how long should I stop running for? 18

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Dr. Robert Lim
Podiatry 30 years experience
Depends: It depends on what is causing the ankle pain. If it is a mild sprain, then it may heal in 2-3 weeks. If it is something more serious it may need 1-2 months of rest. It is best to have it checked out and then a more educated guess would be possible. It is always a good idea to not run as long as your ankle hurts when simply walking.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I have ankle pain when ever I get through running..What could I do?

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Dr. Mahek Shah
Dr. Mahek Shah answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Support ankle: Its important to have a physician look at your ankle esp if you're a runner because it can be anything from a sprain, pinched nerve, inflammation, etc. Avoid putting weight on it if that reproduces the pain, but consult a doctor. Also, a qualified running coach can evaluate your gait and advise you about ways to make your running stride less traumatic. Make sure you have good running shoes.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it weird that my ankle pain gets better when i run?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Not really: When we run the foot and ankle are in a different position then when we walk or stand. This may help to stretch the muscles and tendons and ligaments and help decrease the pain.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Sudden ankle pain after running. How to ease the pain?

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Dr. Jeffery VanYperen
Podiatry 12 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are the first line treatments for an ankle injury or pain. I'd recommend icing for 20 minutes at a time. Take 4 advil (ibuprofen) (if you have no stomach problems) 3 times a day with food. Elevate the ankle as much as possible. If it gets no better after a few days, i would recommend going in for an x ray to rule out arthritis. You could also try running with a brace.

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