Knowing how soon to run again after an ankle injury can be a difficult thing to figure out. When you are making this decision there are a few things to keep in mind. You need to consider the severity (minor sprain or fracture?), how long you were off your feet, your physical fitness level before your injury, your experience as a runner, and whether or not you were able to cross train while recovering. If you are unsure of your ankle’s ability to support you, a good rule of thumb is being able to walk a half hour without pain before trying to run. Then increase your activity gradually. If you begin to feel pain, back up the level for a few days and then try again.
If you have more questions about getting back to running after an injury, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston.