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My Ankles Hurt After Running in Place

author image Lora Mays
Lora Mays is a RRCA-certified running coach. She has been running for more than 15 years and coaching since 2010. She has published articles on Plum Deluxe and in "Variance Magazine," among other publications. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.
My Ankles Hurt After Running in Place
Paying attention to pain or other signals from your body can help to prevent injuries. Photo Credit tyler olson/iStock/Getty Images

Running is a high-impact activity. While it helps to strengthen your heart and improve your overall physical health, it may cause pain in other areas of your body if you are not used to that jarring impact or are facing an injury. For instance, when running in place, you may feel ankle pain. Several factors may contribute to this pain.


My Ankles Hurt After Running in Place
Be aware that running in place may alter your stride, causing pain afterwords. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

According to Dr. Clinton Mays, a physical therapist in Brooklyn, New York, when running in place, you may unconsciously alter your stride because it is not a natural feeling. Your ankles may hurt from accommodating your body to help it stay in one place as you run. The running surface, shoes and duration of the run may also contribute to the pain in your ankles.


My Ankles Hurt After Running in Place
Having the correct shoes for your body may prevent pain after running. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

To prevent your ankles from hurting when running in place, Mays recommends that you have the right shoes for your body. Shoes have different structures and support and can contribute to ankle pain if they do not work for your body. In addition, make sure you are building up ankle strength. Orthopedic professionals recommend exercises like a seated calf raise or single leg stand.

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