shin splints

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  1. tommyortom

    tommyortom New Member

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    what causes shin splints and how do you prevent them? i think i am getting mild ones after about a mile of running...it doesnt really hurt, but i can feel it...so im just wondering.
     
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    lack of arch support is the biggest cause - buy some new shoes.

    a shoe may look fine from the outside, but lots of running shoes have archs that collapse fast.
     
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    LancerV Something Happened OT Supporter

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    The major biomechanical inefficiency contributing to shin splints is that of flat feet. Flat feet lead to a second biomechanical inefficiency called over-pronation. Pronation occurs just after the heal strikes the ground. The foot flattens out, and then continues to roll inward. Over-pronation occurs when the foot and ankle continue to roll excessively inward. This excessive inward rolling causes the tibia to twist, which in-turn, over stretches the muscles of the lower leg.
     
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    my reasoning has come from multiple years of college and high school trainers telling me and friends to buy new shoes. Ive tried all kinda of shit to avoid buying new shoes, too - those little wrap things, stretches before running, compression, etc. When the shoes are done, the shoes are done, new shoes was the only thing that stopped painful splints. OF course, I'd get them every now and then simply from overuse, or when we got back to running after taking a break, but it was all in the shoes in most cases.
     
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    shin splints are overuse of the muscle

    a lot of factors can cause them:

    worn out shoes
    running surface
    intensity/duration of exercise

    to treat them...use the RICE method

    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation

    and see a doc if pain continues
     
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    well....i was wearing nike shox TL's....theyre practically brand new....i only use them for running, and they have no more than 10 miles on them. i was running on a treadmill at a slight incline, going 5-7 mph, for 2 miles. i felt my shins feeling weird after about 1-1.25 miles.

    i only get this shin splint feeling from running. never from long walks, or skating or biking. im only 19, and i literally rollerbladed, ice skated, played hockey, or rode my bike almost everyday as a kid until around the age of 16. so i consider myself to be pretty athletic and in decent shape right now...but i just wanted to start doing some cardio and i want to drop about 10-15 pounds of fat.....aka freshmen 15/beer gut hahaa.
     
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    it could be the incline on your treadmill

    when you dorsal flex it can cause the tibialis anterior muscle to strain
     
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    just started i guess. i always skated or biked as a kid. i never ran really for just that purpose. i mean i used to run if i played games of soccer, bball or football with friends...but i never had shin splint feelings.
     
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    ill try it flat next time. i just thought running up an incline was a little better of a workout.
     
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    :wavey: for flat footed crew... since I was young I've been the barefooted trooper that could walk on glass and not say ouch
     
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    I have flat feet, and a wicked shin splint on my left right now. MY NB 991s just recently started causing them. I need to buy some new shoes tomorrow. :hs:
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    I was getting horrible shin splints when I first started running so I bought new shoes, did all the exercises people recommended and now they're gone. I also think that my muscles are getting stronger which makes a difference.

    I trace the alphabet with my toes everyday to help (which also helps my ankles immensely) and I stretch all the time. Now, for the first time in a month I have no pain from running.
     
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    what kind of stretches do you guys do? and what is this trace the alphabet thing?
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    My favorite stretch is using a step or something and just letting your heels go down. It's stretches the calf and if you bend your knee it stretches your achilles. Those make the biggest difference for me. I also stretch the front before I put my shoes on by arching my foot so the top of my toes are on the ground (like a ballerina) and that stretches the muscle in front of the calf.

    For the ABC just use your toes like they were a pencil and "write" the ABCs all the way.
     
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    get a hair cut :mamoru:



    how is your chainsaw?
     
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    elliptical FTW FTW FTW fuck running on the ground
     
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    my right foot is way more flat footed than my left :(

    flat feet suck.
     
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    where are you getting the pain, on the front of your lower leg or the inside of your lower leg? the cause and solution depend on your answer
     
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    Very true. Could be a stress fracture.
     
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    mine is on the front just a couple inches below the knee.
     
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    Bruised Lee John Kune Do, puncher of faces

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    i dunno what that means exactly. i know both of my feet are def flat, but the right one is way more flat. when are some situations where an arch can collapse?
     
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    Wat does it mean when the outside back of my shoes are worn out considerably. I have pretty flat feet and I get shin splints all the time. Plus I need shoes but I want to buy shoes for my gait type.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    Yeah, when I went to the shop that's what they did for me. I'm so glad I went to a specialty shop because the shoes I have now are amazing! :bowdown:
     
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