Shin splints developed about 3-4 months ago

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  1. chizzle

    chizzle New Member

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    On my right shin. Never went away even after I took a month off from running. Now I feel them developing in my left shin.

    I've been trying to do reverse calf raises, but it's a very awkward motion (i feel like i'm gonna fall off the rise when i come down) and it doesn't seem to be helping at all.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. chizzle

    chizzle New Member

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    Oh, and I'm thinking about going for a run in 10 minutes...I'm gonna be hurting for the first 5 minutes :hs:

    I think I'm fucking myself over by running with shin splints in both legs...
     
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    wear proper running shoes (for you)? stretch/warmup/walk on your heels?
     
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    I bought a good pair of running shoes (at least I thought, Puma Theron) after I developed the shin splints on my right leg. I always stretch and warmup. Guess I'll try walking on heels.

    I'll look like in idiot walking across campus on my heels :mamoru:
     
  5. MaineSucks

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    as i've said in all the other threads you've made about this

    elevation, compression, motrin, ice
     
  6. General Dissary

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    What worked for me was running on a treadmill for a couple of months.

    Its borring as hell, but its low impact and easy on your legs. After I did that for a while I havent had a problem with them since, and before I would get them allot.
     
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    I used to get shin splints like a bitch, but I later found out I was over-pronating when I ran. I bought a pair of shoes (NB) designed for over-pronators that limit motion and I haven't had a single splint since. Now running is ruining the body part it is SUPPOSED to ruin - my knees. :o
     
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    :hs: I've been doing the ice part and I've been massaging the shins after I run...dunno if that's enough compression. No real elevation though.

    I'll pass on the pain killers.
     
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    Treadmill != low impact

    The first time I felt pain in my right shin was during the period of time where I just ran on treadmills, not outside like I am doing now.
     
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    Mmmm.. Thats weird. Do you run flat footed or something? Might have to do with your form or something, cause that is kinda odd.



     
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    My treadmill hurts me more than running on concrete. I think it is because it isn't 100% solid and so it moves a bit when I land, so it shakes up my ankles and legs, which brings pain.

    Running outside with proper shoes I've never had a problem with.
     
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    It says compression, not massage, massage and ice just contradict each other
     
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    A lot of general shin pain can be traced back to tight calf muscles, you should be stretching the shit out of them before a run. I've done that and never had a problem.
     
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    I agree with that. I developed my worst shin splints when running exclusively on a treadmill. Locking yourself into bad form is much easier on a treadmill because there is nothing varying your speed or stride (such as hills). I run far more outside than I ever did on the treadmill, and I haven't had shin splints since running exclusively outside.
     
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    Did you get good running shoes that are properly fitted and selected for your running style?

    I also had the same problem - debilitating shin splits. At first I ignored it because I hadn't been running in a long while and I thought calf exercises would solve the problem. However, a couple months later, running 3x a week, I still had shin splint problems.

    I went to a specialty shoe store who correctly measured my feet and also analyzed my running/walking style. I found out I step with excessive overprotanation and flattening of the arch. They brought out some shoes for me to try in order to correct that, and I walked out that day with shoes that were properly fitted for me as well as corrective.

    I later went back to buy some insoles for my cleats, because I still had problems when running in cleats.

    As of now, I have no problems with shin splints. Visit a running specialty store and have them evaluate your feet. You may have an anatomic problem, and continuing to run on splints may lead to bigger problems.
     
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    I was answering the original threadstarter. No idea what could be causing yours.
     
  17. chizzle

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    I started doing reverse calf raises and the splints are pretty much gone. I seriously recommend them for anybody who runs.
     
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