Why Is My Ankle Sore

Ankle Swelling Home Remedies for Ankle Swelling
Swelling of the lower leg and ankle is a common problem. Determining the cause of ankle swelling is the first step to finding effective treatment. Once the cause of the ankle swelling is determined, effective treatment can be initiated. Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations.

When you severely injure an ankle, that once-quiet joint becomes a hotbed of activity, according to Gary M. Gordon, D.P.M., director of the Running and Walking Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center in Philadelphia. “Nerves, muscles and other tissues become aggravated. Vessels and capillaries tear, leaking blood. More blood rushes to the area to begin the healing process. Fluids accumulate faster than they can be removed, and you have swelling.”

Home Remedies for Ankle Swelling

Lift ankle so that the leg is straight in front of you on the sofa or on a chair. Place an ice pack, or ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a clean dish towel on the raised ankle.
Salt Around the time you expect your period, drastically reduce your salt intake. Sodium increases fluid retention, so don’t use the salt shaker. And if recipes call for salt, try adding more pepper or another spice instead. But, most importantly, cut down on processed foods and fast foods, all of which are overflowing with salt.

Vinegar To soothe tendinitis, sprains, strains, and general foot aches, alternate hot and cold vinegar wraps. First, heat equal amounts of vinegar and water. Soak a towel in the mixture, wring it out, and wrap it around your foot. Leave it wrapped for five minutes. Then mix equal parts vinegar and cold water and follow the same procedure. Repeat this entire sequence three times.

Elevate the injured area to reduce swelling and promote the draining of fluids. Elevation is especially important if the injury is to an arm or leg.

Boil 1-2 glass of water containing half tablespoon molasses (gud) and one tablespoon saunf, and boil it down to half. Drink this natural homemade drink everyday for 2-3 times. This will reduce swelling of feet during pregnancy.

Bend and pump: Swinging your arms while you walk is a good way to loosen up, but the centrifugal force it creates can make blood pool in your hands, causing swelling. “Try bending your arms 90 degrees at the elbows, and use them as pistons,” suggests Dr. Duncan. “Raise them up higher than you normally would and swing with the cadence of your walking gait.” While you’re doing that, keep your hands loosely open.

Ice should be applied to the sprain immediately for 15mins after every 2hours for 2 days, to reduce bleeding, inflammation and pain.

Drink plenty of water: Water moves through your kidneys and bladder, diluting the urine. And since urine has some fluid-retaining salt in it, the more it’s diluted, the easier it is to remove salt and prevent or decrease edema.

Exercise is very important for reducing swelling. Exercise regularly by walking or swimming helps to remove the swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why is my ankle sore/why does it feel like it’s bruised on the outside?
    After I partake in some physical activity, not usually directly after, my ankle starts to get sore to physical pressure on it, like running in heavy footing and whatnot. It also feels sore to the touch (on the outside.. as in on the right side of my right leg.. I mean, duh, of course bruises are on the outside. Anyway…)

    So, I’m just curious; what the heck is wrong with my ankle? I don’t want to be running around still if it’s on its way to a stress fracture or something.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      your foot may be rolling out and therefore stretching the joint on the outside of your foot, causing a sore ankle. things like heavy running would definately agrivate this.
      I am not an expert on this. You should see a podiatrist (‘foot doctor’), physiotherapist or doctor to see what is really wrong.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why are my ankles sore after skating?
    I usually skate in figure skates, but I’m trying to learn how to skate in hockey skates for the hell of it. But, after I was done skating my ankles starting hurting and feeling sore.

    Why? And how can I prevent that from happening?
    Date accepted haha :P
    lol your emails disabled.. hmmm.

    • ANSWER:
      Figure skates, have toe picks on the front of the blade, which are usually made of some type or sturdy and very strong metal. The toe picks used for jumps in figure skating. Figure skating boots are typically made of several layers of leather and the leather is very stiff to provide ankle support for jumps, they are also made in an upright posture
      Hockey skates however, do not have toe picks and the boot is generally made of molded plastic, leather (often synthetic), and ballistic nylon. Skates used in competitive hockey rarely use molded plastic for the upper boot, it is made in an agressive posture, in mind for speed not spins.

      The main problem is your figure skates used to form to your foot better than than the hockey skates are. Figure skates are also heaver (due to the toe pick and longer blades.) This may lead to you straining your ankles because your over pushing to hard to glide because a hockey skates are just meant for speed and tight raduis turns, on the dime stopping no gliding, and digging as a figure skater would need for jumps, vaults and twirls. In other words you might be underestimating the strengths in your calfs. LOL….Start gliding foward, more than digging, and less force on stops… I don’t know exactly, just my guess, I ain’t man enough to try Figure skates, so I couldn’t tell you first hand.

      Saw that your a Canuck fan,

      Also, hilarious

  3. QUESTION:
    Why is my ankle always sore?
    My ankle has been sore for over a year now. It doesn’t hurt to walk or anything, but if I just rotate it in a circular motion, it feels sore or something. A little painful. I don’t do anything to make it hurt. I am just a stay at home mom. Anyone know why an ankle would just always be sore?

    • ANSWER:
      The kind of shoes you wear could have something to do with it in that it may not be offering good support to your ankle (an example only). The other thing is that there could be some issues with the arches of your feet (another example only).

      The only way to know for sure what’s going on is to see your doctor for further evaluation of the situation to see what they think could be going on.

  4. QUESTION:
    why is my ankle sore when i walk?
    why is my ankle sore when i walk

    • ANSWER:
      New shoes or badly worn shoes can have this effect. Too high heels or very flat shoes can do it. Feet need support when walking under the arch and around the ankle.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle always feel sore?
    I play alot of sports and my ankle always get sore. My muscles never get sore since my body is alrdy use to the exercise but why do my ankles always feel sore after playing a sport? Am i not running correctly or if this normal?
    I play football baseball and basketball
    And wats tendonitus?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have devoloped tendonitus.

  6. QUESTION:
    Why is my ankle sore?
    I have never sprained my ankle, yet there is a sore spot that really hurts sometimes. It feel like it moves from side to side, sometimes its the right side and sometimes its the left side. if i lean on it it will really hurt. there are no red marks or bruises or any lumps or anything, but sometimes it hurts so bad i have to take an aspirin, help!

    • ANSWER:
      thats what i had recently, it would hurt if i leaned my foot upwards or down, etc. i went to my trainer, and they said its a sprain or tendinitis. i basically have tendinitis, but try stretching your ankle and calf, trust me it works!

  7. QUESTION:
    why is my ankle sore?
    Since Sunday, my ankle’s been sore when I put any pressure on it, or rotate the ankle in any direction except extending it. It started after I got out of my mother’s truck, but I didn’t step funny and I didn’t slip or land hard.

    It hurts far less to stand on my toes as opposed to the full foot. I don’t wear high heels or anything, so the tendon couldn’t have shrunk or anything. I usually walk barefoot or in sandals and quite tenderly.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s quite possible to twist or sprain an ankle without noticing anything at the time, but it’s probably not a bad sparain.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why is my ankle sore and stiff in the morning?
    I worked for 3 straight weeks with my boyfriend. He works 12 hour days, and we get up at 1am every day to deliver bread, and get done at about 1pm or after, and even then we would go do stuff afterward until going to bed.

    I got the typical soar feet like I would when I work for a week and a half straight.

    They got SO insanely soar, but I still worked on them for like a week and a half after they were intensely soar.

    I got off them and went back to school, it’s been a week and even now when I get up in the morning my left ankle, on the top outside is so really really stiff. If I’m sleepy and forget and jump out of bed I hop around cuz it’s really uncomfortable. When I roll my ankles, alot of the time they pop several times. My right doesn’t really do that.

    Is this just from overuse or should I see a foot doctor. My feet have never hurt like this, and it’s just one foot.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you may have a sprain, I would suggest trying to wrap it in an ace bandage throughout the day and put ice on it in the evening when you are home. Take some Ibuprofen for inflammation. It should start to feel better in about 7/10 days. If one of your feet are bothering you try buying a different pair of shoes with more support.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why is my ankle still sore?
    I sprained my ankle 6 weeks ago and I can walk and run on it without a problem but sometimes I wake up and it is sore and some positions when I sit (cross legged/child’s pose) makes it feel uncomfortable.

    Is this normal or should I go see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, you should see a doctor just to be sure. Often you can still walk and run on a broken ankle.
      But also, ligament injuries (such as a sprain) can take longer than bones to heal.
      I recommend taking some anti-inflammatories as well as massaging it with some sort of sports cream.
      Also have you been going to physical therapy? You will need to strengthen it again and parts of your ankle may have become too tight. So exercises stretching you ankle will help, as well as theraband type resistance exercise and wobble board balancing.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is my Ankle so Sore ?
    I had a injury to my ankle 25 years ago and it was black as the ace of spades from a car accident, I have trouble with it when weather changes and now I am 43yo and today it was a little sore all day and now in the evening at 10pm its really sore and aching and throbbing… why would this be so, is it the weather change is it going to rain or is it just pain for what reason.

    • ANSWER:
      Cold season gives more pain. You can try hot water bath & then some light movement & apply some pain relief cream like move or muscular massage

  11. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle pop when I walk, and is very sore after exercising?
    I have recently started walking and jogging daily and have been experiencing some problems with my ankles. My left ankle “pops” or cracks with almost every step I take. I’ve always had “creaky bones”, various joints just have always tended to crack a lot. But it has only now become a problem because of my new exercise habits. It doesn’t hurt when it pops, it’s just annoying, but when I’m done my ankles feel really sore and stiff. Does anybody know what this might be or how to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      What you’re describing sounds like you may have the beginnings of a torn meniscus. Which is a disk of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the ends of bones in a joint.

      I encourage you to see a doctor – who will no doubt recommend you see a physical therapist.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why is my ankle so sore???
    Last week i noticed a vein running across my ankle and it looked swollen, then a couple of days later my whole ankle has swollen and feels spongy and sore, i can walk but not properly as it is painful, it also feels numb sometimes! I think i may just have sprained it but don’t remember doing anything to it!! Any ideas…it’s sore!!!! xx Thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      go to the emergency room i would screw around with veins & swelling

  13. QUESTION:
    My ankles are sore! why? is it because of the cleats or because of runnign on uneven terrain?

    • ANSWER:
      its possibly both….. dont tie your cleats so tight and if they still hurt then its the terrain thats all i can say……. just talk to your doctor or your coach or whatever and ask him or her to have a lookie at them….. hope i help

  14. QUESTION:
    why does my ankle get sore really easy?
    i’m currently recovering from recurrent ankle sprains and im determined to hully completely this time. my ankle doesnt hurt anymore not even in the morning when it used to hurt and not when i walk on it or even jog but it gets sore and tire easily. for example after gym class volleyball i try to never move just in case so i just stand there but it still gets sore and get that burning feeling. my main issue is that it gets tired, lateral movement and ROM should i do ROM theraband exercise even if it hurts a little when pointen the toes to the outside? how can i make it not hurt and improve it? im trying to exercise everyday like walking, and interval with walking and jogging and also water therapy like walking back pedaling shuffle, what else?
    please i know that i have many ?’s but try to answer as many as possible to have more knowledge

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Keep doing what you are doing, and don’t try to get back to doing all your activities too quickly. The ankle is a very complex joint and many things can go wrong. Check here.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/ankle_pain_and_tendinitis/article.htm

      http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/anklesprain.htm

  15. QUESTION:
    Why could my ankle be sore?
    The few weeks when I’m playing ball hockey, I’ll move a certain way I’ll hurt it. I play every week, so by the next game its fine. But once I play again I hurt again, and it doesn’t take too much. Usually when it happens I just forget about but then I feel after.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Why are my ankles so sore after practice and what can i do?
    I started practice a couple weeks ago, and i’m in high school so we do a lot of work. We do plenty of running and i’m guessing that is why. But everyday during and after practice both my ankles hurt and its harder to run, and i end up limping after practice. I have yet to try anything to help, because it only recently became bad enough to affect my running, but now i need to do something. What could i be doing wrong, or what could I do to ease the pain.

    • ANSWER:
      so ur knees wont hurt ur suppose to stretch and run more that’s what i do

  17. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle hurt after playing basketball this morning?
    It was fine during the game. I don’t recall twisting it during the game. I fell down hard 1 or 2 times but I got right back up. After the game is when it started getting sore and stiff. Why is that and how do I heal it?

    • ANSWER:
      when you hurt yourself during games, sometimes your adrenaline and other bodily hormones take over the pain and you feel nothing. After though, ouch! You seem to have just pulled something, no break though, So my advice is ice it at night when you go to bed, and to lay low. I play volleyball, I do that kind of stuff to my ankle all the time.
      good luck :))

  18. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle from few years ago and its still sore. why??? :(?
    i sprained my ankle a few years ago.. got it x-rayed and everything and nothing broke. i was told to go out walking or else it would get deformed.. :( so took doc’s advice and went out walking. now (about 4years on) every now and again it hurts me, it only happens if iv been sitting down for a while and i get up.. i run aswell and it hurts when i get home..

    • ANSWER:
      It sucks but since you support all of your body weight on your lower extremities they take the most abuse. Most especially after an injury. Try stretching and loosing weight (if you need to)…if you don’t need to lose weight just suck it up and drive on like the rest of us..:)

  19. QUESTION:
    Why does my right ankle hurt after excersise?
    I have had my 6 Month old daughter first child, I was a little over weight before and never exercised. Now I have put on a few extra pounds after having a baby and have started getting myself back into shape by excising half hour in the morn and half hour in the afternoon. But every time I finish my workout I notice my left ankle is really sore and aches alot, why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      How exactly are you exercising? Are you jogging? Squatting? Jumping? Basketball? Soccer? Sprints? Rugby? These all are high impact exercises (on your joints), and if you haven’t been exercising before and suddenly leap in at 1 hour exercise a day, that’s crazy! I advise you, stop quickly or you will ruin your joints- my friend had to get a knee reconstruction due to the same problems. Besides, I’m in the state track and field team and even I don’t train that much! I suggest that you find a personal trainer so that you can gradually ease into exercise. It’s better than ruining your joints- because once they’re damaged, you can never get them back to what they were. Meanwhile, go see a physio about your ankle, rest for minimum six weeks, then go find a personal trainer. I wish you the best of luck!

      P.S. Yes, low arches or flat feet or rolled in ankles may also be to blame, but I suggest that you see a proper trainer nevertheless.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why are my shoulder blades sore after snowboarding?
    every time i go snowboarding, the next day my shoulder blades are sore. never my legs or ankles or anything like that, i can never even feel it down there the next day. it’s ALWAYS just my shoulder blades. i don’t even have any idea why snowboarding would make my shoulders and upper arms sore….why would they be sore after snowboarding while my legs aren’t sore?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s from pushing yourself up off the snow. If you strap in while standing, you won;t get sore

  21. QUESTION:
    Why is my left ankle sore and both swollen?
    I’m an adult male, 36, and I haven’t done anything to injure it. Could it be due to prolonged periods of sitting? Poor circulation? They feel slightly tingly but then my whole body feels just slightly tingly. I also feel slightly dizzy, and I’ve been a little fatigued but I haven’t done anything but sit in front of this computer.

    The night before last I slept for 8 hours, then I was awake for three hours and went to go lay down. I slept for another 8 hours and now here I am. My sleep schedule has been pretty wacky and I’ve been sleeping at odd hours of the day and night. I still feel tingly, dizzy, and groggy (it’s morning here though). Is all this normal? Should I just soak my feet in epsom salt and forget it?

    • ANSWER:
      Why sleep pattern unusual ?

  22. QUESTION:
    Why do i have a slightly sore and puffy ankle?
    I’m 37.. no age! but my ankles especially the left one is slightly puffy and swollen.. is it just the heat that does that or could it be something else?
    I haven’t been feeling fantastic this week i’ve had either a touch of a cold of hayfever, i never can tell the difference!
    Could that also be something to do with it?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like peripheral edema..

      I used to work in a nursing home. It was very common in the elderly usually caused because of high blood pressure or Diabetes (more in the feet). poor circulation is also a common cause.

      Of course your not old at all!! There can be many factors such as standing too long, being on long flights, prolonged standing, poor arch support, and so on and so on..

      This web page may give you some really good answers

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003104.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    Why are my ankles sore?
    I havnt done any exercise, could that be why? yesterday i woke up and my ankle (the joint part) was sore, and it hurts when I walk and when i try to click them ( i can basically click all my joints, i know, its weird)

    should i do more excersise?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Why does that everytime i run, my right ankle is sore and not my left?
    i go jogging alot and after my jog my right ankle gets really sore and i lose some feeling in after an hour.

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? If your young include more calcium in your diet. And pain in bone is common for non athletes because your bones aren’t adjusted to the extra stress. Just ignore it and stretch properly and your bones will harden accordingly if you give them what they need.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why do my ankles get really sore when I jog?
    Particularly the outside of my ankle and the back. I also have redness on the back of it. It also hurts just bending it back. I’m 15, very active. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. But I seem to have weak joints. My knees as well get very sore just from a jog. I heard it could be a sign of arthritis? What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think is a arthritis but you should take more calcium. And don’t overexercise yourself, have some rest and stop all the exercise for 2-3 days if it is possible in order to let your ankles recover. Hope it help.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle still hurt?
    A couple months ago I sprained my ankle by stepping on a baseball. The ankle rolled to the outside and I think that I overextended the ligaments on the outside part of my ankle. It was very sore and swollen for a couple days. The pain and swelling went away. However My ankle still gets sore after soccer practice. Is it more then what I thought it was? Why does it still get sore?

    • ANSWER:
      You are using your ankle alot during soccer practice. It is not uncommon for a place that was previously injured to become inflamed with playing sports. Try an ace wrap or elastic support sleeve on your ankle for added support while you are at soccer. Take some Ibuprofen before practice and if it is still sore afterward, perhaps you should see a doctor.

  27. QUESTION:
    why do i get sore ankles just when i run?
    my ankles are fine until i go to track practice and start to run. i can’t sprint to my full potential because they hurt so bad. as soon as practice is over they are fine again. this has happened in years past too. any ideas why?

    • ANSWER:
      it is arthritis.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know why my ankles and feet get so sore?
    After sitting or lying down for as little as an hour, when i stand up to walk i get the worst pain from the middle of my feet to the back of my heels. Not to mention, my ankles are so sore (my kids call me an old grandma watching me try to walk) I don’t think its because of me being extremely overweight. Im 31, 5ft 5 and weigh 150lbs. Does anyone have any idea what may cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Physically sitting on feet is harmful. While you sit on ground, put your butts on the floor and keep your knees joints more than 10 degree at least. The type of shoes you wear also counts much.
      As for the aching or sour ankles after lying down, might be you are developing uric acid or triglaceroids. You can make it up by ensuring that you fully digest what you eat.
      Avoid drinking.

  29. QUESTION:
    Very sore ankle – should I treat it with heat or ice?
    I’m not sure why, but my ankle has eben quite sore for the past few days. I don’t recall twisting it or spraining it, but now I can barely walk on it. I usually do about 10 minutes of cardio a day, but that has been regular for a few months now, so I doubt it has anything to do with it. What do I need – an ice pack or a hot compress?

    • ANSWER:
      RICE= rest, ice, compression, elevation.

  30. QUESTION:
    i got a Marines pool funtion tomorrow, but my ankle is sore. anyway to make it feel better?
    ok. my ankle is sore, idk why, it is only sore after i do cardio or walk for an extended amount of time. if hurts to run, but i got to run tomorrow, and imma run on it wheather it hurts or not, any idea of why it hurts and/or ways to make it feel better?
    i get not running on it but i got an ist tomorrow and i need to run. what should i do, should i tell my requriter about it or push through the pain?
    the pain is only there when i move my ankle like a streched mucle or somethin,

    • ANSWER:
      You are injured. Tell your recruiter, and sit this IST out. Your ankle needs time to heal. It does you and the Marine Corps no good to be too injured to ship out.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle buckle?
    My left ankle keeps buckling. I rolled it twice and I went to the doc and he took X-rays no fracture. Why is my ankle SO sore and it won’t stop buckling?

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  32. QUESTION:
    My ankle, foot and toes are numb 2 days following a strong kick to the high ankle, why?
    2 days ago while playing soccer I received a very strong kick to the outside of my right ankle/lower leg. Since then it has swelled up, but no visible bruising. I have been keeping it elevated, using ice and compression since the incident. Today my ankle, foot and toes are numb. The swelling isn’t even sore to the touch when it probably should be. I’m assuming I hit a nerve or a nerve is being pressed on by the swelling but has anyone else had a similar injury?

    • ANSWER:
      I would also guess that a nerve is being compressed by the swelling. If the swelling isn’t going down with the usual conventional treatments you have been using it might be a good idea to get it checked.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle hurt specifically on cold weather?
    for some reason, because of the cold weather lately, my right ankle been feeling sore and hurt like a needle. i hurt it before liek couple weeks ago but it should be recovered by now. im just wondering is it because of the weather or the ankle is getting worst because of the weather?

    • ANSWER:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis is sensitive to hot and cold.
      Likewise joints with scar tissue from old injuries are also very sensitive to hot and cold. You may also experience discomfort in humid climates.

      About a year ago I sprained my ankle and right after it had healed up and I was back on my feet it started getting cold outside. It ached in the cold.
      What you are experiencing isn’t uncommon, just unfortunate. Try an elastic ankle brace (it really helped me) you can find them in the sporting goods section or the pharmacy section of your local mega mart.

  34. QUESTION:
    Ankle has been sore for almost 3 weeks and I dont know why?
    Im 34 and 118 pounds. My left ankle hurts only when I walk on it and I cant figure out what I did to it. Its not swollen, looks normal but its preventing me from walking my daily 3 miles. I limp when walking now. I know its not fractured or it would cause bad pain. I just keep hoping it will get better and its not. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe some ice. Maybe it needs to rest. Take a day off and elevate it. Even though it’s not swollen it will still feel good. Do you remember walking up any hills or something? If nothing changes see a Doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle hurt?
    My ankles feel really sore and kinda hurt. They feel bruised, i have had no injury whatsoever that i know of and all i did was run for gym class. I was wondering if anyone could tell me why my ankles are so sore and bruised and hurt?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe u sparned ur ankle while u were running. i hope ur ankles arint swollen, cuz for some reason when ur preggo ur ankles start to swell up. maybe u should get an x-ray of ur ankles just in case.

  36. QUESTION:
    why am i always sore at the begining of football practice? read on?
    when i arrive to the field everythings cool i’m not feelin sore one bit, then when we start running, my ankles get really sore. nobody tell me to suck it up because i do, im just wondering why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Itallian Stallian,
      Your probablly not stretching the proper way you should, i used to be a cheerleader && my ankles used to do the same when we ran. It’s because your shins && ankles either 1: arnt getting stretched right or 2: you should go get ankle supports. ~Sincerly~Twinkie Toes.

  37. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle 5 weeks ago… Why is it still swollen and really sore ?
    5 weeks ago, I was at gymnastics and I landed my front tuck wrong. I landed on the balls of my feet and rolled over my ankle. It REALLY hurt; I went to the hospital and had it x-rayed. It wasn’t broken; they told me it was a bad sprain. It is not nearly as swollen or painful as it was when I originally hurt it, but it is still swollen and I still can’t do gymnastics. It doesn’t hurt to walk but there are many things that do hurt, especially if it involves using the muscles in my ankle. It is very painful… why is it still swollen and sore? Should I go back to the hospital?

    • ANSWER:
      You use your ankles pretty much 24/7, with a severe sprain it’s gonna take a while to heal yet. The bruising and swelling is a result of damage to the small veins, try to rest your ankle as much as possible to prevent any more damage.

  38. QUESTION:
    I twisted my ankle and it still is swollen and sore after 1 month. Why?
    About 1 month ago I was knocked over by some dogs and twisted my ankle. It was too painful to walk on for about 48 hours but soon got better. After 1 week it got knocked again as it was still weak but wasn’t as painful as before. Its still quite swollen and sore. Could I have water on the ankle or something that requires treating or will it just take more time?

    • ANSWER:
      oh my! perhaps the bone is fractured!
      anyway, you should have an X-ray as soon as possible–otherwise, the damage may be permanent. My grandmother twisted broke her wrist but she merely bandaged it. After a while, the bone fused together the wrong way–so now she has a bent wrist.
      please don’t let this happen to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle hurt durring practice?
    I play football but can only run for a limited time during practice because of my ankle. My ankle has been getting sore every time i run for about 20-30 mins. It first started hurting after i got a high ankle sprain last year in October. Should i go see a doctor or just play through it?

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  40. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle hurt unless if I pop it?
    I will be walking around and my ankle will start hurting almost as if it is going to give out, but if I pop it it’s still a little sore but it no longer hurts as bad or feel likes it’s going to give out. Does anyone know whats wrong with it?

    • ANSWER:
      My ankle will hurt like that sometimes too. Sometimes it really hurts when I pop it as well but will feel better a little while after.

      By popping the joints it just moves the tissue and fluids a bit allowing gases to be released. I figure there might just be a build up of these gases or air pockets which is why it helps to crack the joint.

      It’s not good to always be cracking any joint but if it’s only once in awhile and you’re not over stretching the tendons there’s not much harm it can do. It’s just a quick way to get rid of the air pockets that would, with a little time, go away on their own.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why do my ankles hurt so bad ?
    I’ve recently just got back into exercising ( first time in like 5 months ) and I ran/walked 3km and the next morning when i woke up my whole body was sore ! Especially my ankles ! Why does it do this and would a massage help ? If so how much is it ? Thanks, btw I’m 13..

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  42. QUESTION:
    Why do I have sore ankles during football season every year?
    I have been playing football for 4 years now, going on my 5th. During my second year of football I noticed my feet and ankles were kinda sore. Ever sense then my ankles have been sore every year, every year it seems to get worse and worse. This year I have gotten to the point to where i can hardly walk while on the field after doing some sprints… I play tennis when im out of football season and tennis doesnt make my feet sore??? During football season i have tried some different things like arch supports which did nothing and also tying my shoes very tight no help… ive also tried putting on a brace which didnt help at all… does anyone have any suggestions? The doctor is out of consideration because i have already talked to the school trainer and he says i just need to ice it and take some time off??? Yet the pain still comes back every year… so thanks in advance
    CJ

    • ANSWER:
      Hi
      I don’t have an answer for you but I experience the same thing when my activity increases the less I do the less it bothers me. But I have been dealing with this for a long time and when I need to I take tylenol and that does help it is only temporary but I can go out dancing for an evening when I want to. Because it is both of my ankles I believe it is an arthritus of some kind not the destructive tissue kind but more a viral kind. I need to lose weight and am hoping that will help.
      Good luck to you and I hope people will add to this thread!

  43. QUESTION:
    Why do my ankles and legs feel so stiff and sore?
    I workout Monday – thursday weights and I play basketball weekends but my ankles feel really tight and stiff and my legs feel stiff and weird and I can’t run as fast I feel slower why is this? What can I do to help it best answer gets points

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  44. QUESTION:
    Why do my ankles hurt?
    Some days my ankles feel like they are broke and some days just sore. Why do i experience different levels of pains

    • ANSWER:
      Weight, or arthritis, talk to your doctor about it =)

  45. QUESTION:
    Why is my knee hurting so badly ?
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had problems with my right leg. Whenever I start to exercise more and work out more, my ankle will begin to get extremely sore. But my knee gets really bad. Even just walked across the courtyard at my high school, I’m on 14, my knee begins to hurt and give out. My shin, and my calf hurt sometimes too. My calf will cramp up, or my shin will just be sore. Why is this happening? Should I be seen?

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  46. QUESTION:
    Help! Why are my ankles soo sore?
    Ok..so I’m 19 years old and not over weight..I was in track from grades 6 through 12 (long distance runner) and I have never had any problems with my ankles until my senior year in high school..may I add that as far as I know, I have never injured my ankles either..but during the beginning of the season my senior year..i was doing some warm ups and all of a sudden both my ankles made this cracking sound and i just got sharp pains in both of them..after that, I couldnt even put the slightest bit of weight on them, but the pain only lasts about an hour and after that they are only a bit sore….nobody could ever tell me what happened, but since then, if I ever put a sudden amount of weight on my ankles like if I’m jumping or running..they do the same thing..crack, sharp pain, and only hurt for a little bit…somebody help!!
    almost feels like a ‘jarring’ sensation..but really really hurts and brings tears to my eyes

    • ANSWER:
      It could be compression injury because of all the running. Speak to your doctor about it so they can do a proper diagnosis and xray them to be sure.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why are my ankles always sore?? treadmill?
    i recently bought a treadmill to get in shape and everytime i use it my feet up to my knees gets sore and stiff as hella after like 7 minutes! i could go for alot longer on it but thats whats preventing me from going for a long time, its a 0 treadmill its soft as hell, ive tried using it barefooted, socks, nikes, what do i have to do??? it their a certain shoe that wont make my ankles, shins, knees sore and stiff? i stretch before i go on it, i been using it for about 3 weeks now, any advice????

    • ANSWER:
      Your ankles may not be used to support you weight but it could very well be your running shoes. Their are places that specialize in running shoes and can take official measurements so you can know what type of tennis shoes are right for you to run in. I don’t stretch before I run. It only makes me burn out quicker and gives me a lot of leg cramps which is why I choose to stretch after wards. Here are some stretches that might help:

  48. QUESTION:
    Overcoming sore ankle after cardio workout?
    I have been working out for about 8 weeks or so. My workout is typically a 5K run on a treadmill including a 25 minute session which is at 6 miles an hour. I stretch before and after the run – especially afterwards with 20 second hold per stretch – quads, hammies, calves.

    I have been recently encountering sore ankles after my workouts. After 8 weeks, why is this happening? Is there something general I should be following after the workout or in general? The soreness subsides after 2 hours, but comes back in the next session. Anything wrong I’m doing so far?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some tips:

      1) Check your shoes. Your shoes my not my running shoes or not suitable for you.

      2) Try not using a treadmill. Treadmills are not a natural running surface. Perhaps do some grass / field or crushed gravel running.

      3) Avoid inclines.

      4) Consider resting (taking time home from running) and using ice. I’ve had post tibial tendonitis for a while and I’ve cut back my mileage, done some ankle exercises and soak my ankles in a bucket of ice water after a run. It’s painful but works. You may have some good luck with some anti-inflamatories as well.

      My guess is that you need to give yourself a bit of a break. Every 4 weeks of training you should give yourself some time off or have an “easy” week — where you do something different to give your body a chance to recooperate.

      There are some great sites on the web that can help you self-diagnose. Try this one:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/ankle_pain_and_tendinitis/article.htm

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a sore left side during movement?
    I have recently been using crutches to go up and down hills and also straight due to an ankle injury. I woke up the following morning and found that my left side was sore. But it only hurt when I turned to the left or leaned down to the left. Is this a strained muscle? Any help on what this problem is and what I can do to help it is appreciated. Thanks.
    It was my right ankle that I hurt and I started out using both crutches and then went to using only one crutch on my right side.

    • ANSWER:
      are you using just the one crutch?? If you are then this can put strain on the other side of your body as your now using muscles that you’ve never used before. When you next see the doctor ask him to check your technique to make sure your not putting excess strain on your muscles

  50. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help a sore ankle feel better and heal quickly?
    A few weeks ago, I woke up, got out of bed, and fell flat on the floor, hurting my right ankle. I must have been sleeping in a weird position, because my right leg was asleep; that’s why I fell when I put my weight on it.

    My ankle hurt a lot when I fell, but later that day it was fine. However, a few days ago, it started hurting and it’s now pretty painful just to walk more than a few blocks. I assume it’s due to a combination of falling on it and working out, because the past couple weeks I’ve been going to the gym in order to get in a bit better shape (or at least feel in better shape!) for a vacation I’m going on two weeks from now. I am planning to do some hiking and sightseeing during my vacation, so I really don’t want my ankle to be bothering me.

    What can I do to help it heal and feel better? Should I skip cardio (even walking hurts) and just stick to weights for a week? (I don’t think it’s a serious injury, so I don’t think it’s necessary to go to the doctor.)

    Thanks!
    By the way, I don’t think my ankle is sprained because it is not swollen.

    • ANSWER:
      FYI: You don’t have to have any swelling to have a sprained ankle! By definition a sprain is a streching of the ligaments. For starters you should really rest it. As you can see you made it feel worse by going to the gym and walking on it. SKIP CARDIO: especially since walking hurts. DON’T START WITH WARM HEAT INITIALLY. IT WILL FEEL GOOD INTIALLY (b/c heat is a pain modifier. ) BUT IF THERE IS AN EXCESS OF SWELLING (which you might not really notice) & INFLAMMTAION IT WILL MAKE IT WORSE! ONLY DO HEAT IF THERE IS NO SWELLING AT ALL! Otherwise For the next 2 -3 days use the R.I.C.E. theory . Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
      Rest: as much as possible only do the nessacary walking work, school, etc. Ice: for 20 minutes at a time. 20 minutes on the ankle (it may be numb) and then take the ice off for 20 minutes try every hour you are free to. Ice help decreases inflammation and swelling. Compress (wrap it) it with an ace wrap (can be purchased at any drug store). This will help decrease any extra swelling and give you some support while walking. Make sure the wrap goes up to at least the bottom of the calf muscle and begins at the top of your toes. You should e able to see your toenails. If you get any nubmness, tingling, or cold feet, your ace wrap is probably wrapped to tight. Wear the ace wrap all day especailly if you will be walking around a lot. Elevate it during the night. Proper elevation requires your foot to be above the level of your heart which means your torso should be flat and your leg should be straight (not with the knee bent) and propped up on at least 3 or more pillows.
      After 2-3 days if you don’t have any signifigant swelling you should begin using a moist hot pack for 15 minutes or place your ankle in a warm bath for 10 -15 minutes. This will help loosen it up prior to exercise if it is stiff. Then try to begin doing some ankle range of motion pulling your foot up towards your nose then pushing it down to the floor. Try that for 3 sets of 10 resting in between each set. Then try some ankle cirlces same amount and then try bringing your ankle in and out. Also try toe raises and heels raises. Use pain as your guide if the exercises are to hard/ painful then you probably are not ready to do them. Just work your way up until your are ready. Bottom line you do not want to over do it on any onw day. I have people say all the time well it felt better for one day so I decided to do a lot more. Ease your way into the exercises and don’t force it. You may have to buy some type of ankle support to go hiking if it does not feel 100% stable by then . The link below will give you a visual of the exerises and a decent ankle brace.