Hi there, I'm new to the forum, but been running since July 2017.
I have had a problem with pain in my left ankle for the past 6 months, and having taken 4-5 months off running (with the occasional short run) I recently started again, and the pain is starting to come back already (after only 5 runs) and I'm not sure what to do.
It seems to be a problem with the posterior tibial tendon, as the pain is just below the inner ankle on the left foot, and is noticeably worse when running uphill. I don't however have any trouble or discomfort when doing single leg calf raises, which everything online says is a posterior tib issue. I also don't have flat feet (yet!).
When I initially noticed the problem it didn't seem too bad, so I tried to carry on with my running and doing some calf stretches, and also got a stretch band and foam roller, but ended up struggling to walk the day after a 5 mile run, so had to take a break, which ended up being about 4-5 months.
I really want to get back into running, especially I've just signed up for my first half marathon in October, but I'm worried this ankle problem will stop me progressing, and I'm struggling to find any helpful advice online.
I had a gait analysis done at a running shop when I first noticed the pain, who said I have a neutral gait, and I got some much more cushioned shoes, which seemed to help at first, but the pain returned within about a week, so I don't think it's a shoe problem.
I'm concerned that 4 months rest has not resolved the issue, and am wondering if this is this likely to be something that some stretches and strengthening exercises could solve? Thinking of seeing a physio soon, but reluctant as they all seem expensive and I'm still a student, but I will do if it comes to it.
It would be great to know if anyone has had a similar problem, and what they did to resolve it?
I'm feeling pretty down at the minute about it as I enjoy running so much, I don't think I can cope with having to take another few months off only for the injury to come straight back again!