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First Injury and Jello Ankles

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It appears that I have injured myself. I am typing this while sitting with my foot up, wrapped and iced. I have done a little research and it seems I have a bit of Tendinitis. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, caused by excessive mileage, running in one direction on the track, improper shoes, low arches, or flat feet. Since there are several tendons in the ankle region, you could feel pain on all sides of your ankle. I have been told to reduce inflammation with ice (10 to 15 minutes several times a day), anti-inflammatories, and gentle stretching exercises, says Michael Bowman, M.D., consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cut back on mileage and find a softer running surface.

Since I haven't been doing excessive mileage (I just stepped up from 2 to 3 miles. Nothing too excessive in my opinion). I have been running on a running path along the lake, so it varies. I don't have low arches or flat feet. That pretty much just leaves the fact my shoes suck.

That or my ankles are made of jello and can't take repeated beatings.

I paid $50 for my shoes, brand new. So they weren't really top of the line, more sort of where the line starts. End of the line. Unfortunately I can't really afford a new pair of shoes right now. I was planning on it in a month, so I had enough time to break them in before the half marathon. Not I am not so sure I will make it. I have to skip my run tomorrow to allow my ankle to heal a bit. So, no running until saturday. It kind of screws with my training plan, but I think healthy body bits are a better idea.

So, here is me, sitting for 2 days, obeying RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).

What am I to do?

Suggestions from experienced runners would be a huge help right now.
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  • CNTRYGAL
    Sorry to hear about your ankles, but better to pay attention to them now - rather than pay later.

    As I said, in the thread you posted. Get fitted at a running store. You can do a google search (or search engine of your choice) to find the closest running shoppe/store to you.

    Even if you can't afford them now, find out what would work best for you and then look online - sometimes you can find them much cheaper. OR, ask about last years model (I got a pair for about $40 off regular price by getting the previous year's model). Then... start saving your spare change LOL!

    As far as the "bottom of the line" shoes, I wouldn't wear them to run in. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3753 days ago
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