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  • Chronic ankle pain

    After running a short distance in some really shitty boots back in December, I've experienced chronic ankle pain. With gyms soon to open up post-covid, I'm trying to get a better read for where I'm at physically and what to do about it.

    I went to my GP a few weeks ago and got an x-ray which apparently "didn't show any issues". I am not sure if it's worth pushing on to find the actual cause via a specialist, or trying to get an MRI or similar.

    There was no rolling motion or twist, I just suddenly had a sharp pain in the running motion from what I can remember. I didn't think too much of since it went away in the moment, but then the after effects just haven't gone away, despite the pandemic leading to a lot of rest.

    In a full rest position there's barely any pain, but angling my foot upwards there's a constant present pain roughly right below the tibia stretching across the upper front of the foot from medial to lateral, about right at the mid-point of the "curve" from leg to foot.

    The pain I can produce myself while applying pressure is very pronounced if I press on the medial malleolus from below, which I suppose is more-so putting pressure on the deltoid ligaments, mostly number 3 in the second picture. That produces a sharper pain than any I get from walking or angling the foot.

    Any takes on causes, treatment, squat viability, etc.?

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    I would give this a read:
    While resistance training for the calf muscles is typically the butt of jokes in bodybuilding gym culture, there are some legitimate benefits to

    Sometimes when we first start a new activity, especially one we have not done in a while, some random places will hurt. With running it is pretty common for one of those places to be across the front of your ankle. I would start adding in some dedicated calf work and as you tolerate it more going through a larger range of motion i.e. starting on the ground then progressing to off a step. If the plan is to continue running (it should be if you enjoy it) once symptoms calm down it is not a bad idea to do so easier plyometric work inclusive of running drills, pogo hops, etc. It doesn't need to be anything too fancy as often just starting some simple movements goes a long way.