I know this is a bike forum but it's also for 50+ folks who exercise so I hope you don't mind if I ask this here.
Walking is my primary daily exercise. I added a lot more walking to my routine after we bought a treadmill last month. This enables me to walk rain or shine, heat or cold, daylight or wee hours of the dark morning. Anyway I am noticing that since I have beefed up my walking, my ankles are very painful when I start my walks. They feel as if they are wearing a pair of tight-fitting handcuffs. I stretch my ankles before I walk but only after I stop the treadmill, get off, stretch again, and resume my work-out does it finally go away. This morning it was so painful I almost quit, but I persisted until it finally went away and then I continued on, pain-free, for a great workout totalling 1 hour.
Anyway I am wondering if this is familiar to anyone here, and how to remedy it. I have high arches and wear custom orthotics in very good, supportive running shoes. I warm-up before my work-out and flex my ankles before I begin, but it seems to no avail until I stop during my work-out to stretch again... that's the one that helps.
I wonder if it is time to see my foot doctor again. I have another 20 lbs. to lose and my legs don't feel strong yet. Perhaps that's all it is.