About a mile into my run yesterday I turned my ankle pretty badly. I think I heard a cracking or popping noise and for a few minutes it hurt a lot. HOweer, after walking for a little bit it felt a lot better, and I eventually started running again. The pain went away after a mile and I ended up running about 10 more miles to finish the run, finishing with no pain. When I stopped running though I felt my ankle starting to swell, and despite icing a little bit that night, there was still swelling and pain come this morning. I opted out of doing my morning run for fear that I have some serious injury, but then again can it really be that bad if I managed to run 10 miles on my ankle after I turned it? Anyone with advice or experience on this sort of thing would be appreciated.
The worst thing you did was continue running after you heard a pop. That pop is the one sign that you really sprained your ankle. Right then you should've stopped running immediatley and got home to start the RICE process. But since you didnt you may have more trouble healing it faster. Right now i'm in PT to help strengthen the ligaments in my ankle because i've sprained the same one badly three times in 2 years. The first time I ran 4 miles home on it and I still think thats why i've had problems with to this day, simply because i didnt know how bad it could be since i never sprained it. Good luck with that.