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HELP my ankles are killing me!

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I'm having a lot of trouble with ankle pain.  I had planned to walk this week and start C25K Monday but I'm having so much pain in my ankles that I can barely do a brisk walk for 15 minutes.  I'm sure it's just because I'm a big girl and in terrible shape, but It's a burning unbearable pain that goes up the outside of my ankles when walking.  I was told that I needed to stretch my ankles before starting but what is the best way to stretch them?  Will it go away after a few sessions?  Any help would be greatly appreciated as I can power through it for a while but can't handle it for 30 minutes.

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Guest R4ul

Hey, did your pain go?? I am also suffering from exactly the same pain and don't know what is going on. Please help if you have found the cause and cure. Thanks in advance!

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R4ul I still occasionally have issues when I'm trying to walk/run up a hill but it's about the only time that I'm having issues now.  I started doing some stretches that involve standing on the edge of my stairs with the ball of my foot on the step and my heel hanging over.  I flex so that my heels go downward and then back up on my toes.  This stretch is helping to build my ankle and calf muscles and has helped with the ankle pain a LOT.  Also, I work out more often on a "stride rite" machine than running on the road because the road is when I have the most pain.  The stride rite machine is kind of a hybrid between treadmill and elliptical and is very easy on my joints and I have been very successful on this machine.  Try the stretches and if your issue is the same as mine it will lessen as you strengthen the muscles in that area.  Good luck and happy running! 

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Thanks so much, I will try stretching and building ankle muscles. I guess hard surface is doing it. Thanks again.

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