Shin Splints!

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  1. STR1

    STR1 New Member

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    I am trying to run on a regular basis but after my 5th day of running I got what they call the Shin splints and its a pain. I stopped running for a week and the pain went away but after that week off I ran yesterday and today the problem persit. Does anyone know what can be done to cure this. I have bought running shoes but that didn't fix the problem either, I tried yesterday running on grass and still same thing. Any help will be appreciated as this is a big pain even when I just walk.
     
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    CrazyInteg Honda-Acura.net OG

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    I was going to reccomend the shoes...you just gotta take it easy. Rest and ice.

    You could switch to lifting weights to strengthen the muscles, and for cardio ride a bike. For me I just took it easy, did light jogging, and they got better a few months later.
     
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    michael FLORIDA > *

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    i thought my pain was shin splints, turned out just to be painful pumps.. i just tough it out and it goes away in a few hours
     
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    is the pain on the inside part of your shins or the front part?
     
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    search, jesus christ... its asked weekly
     
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    Ice. Get good shoes that work for your type of foot. Don't try and run every day. Stretch. Go to www.coolrunning.com and read their injury section.
     
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    you need shoes that fit properly to your feet (arch height/support, width, etc), not just any running shoes.

    fitment is key.
     
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    I have them bad too. I also get the same pain in my forarms. I don't know what to do for the arms especially.
     
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    xela So say we all!

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    I know you weren't asking me, but I get the pains on the inside of my shins. What's the difference?

    I ice whenever I'm done running and that helps a lot.
     
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    Anterior vs. posterior shin splints..different ways your foot rolls inward or outward influence what ends up hurting.
     
  11. STR1

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    Front part.
     
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    use this
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    smells tho...
     
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    Good shoes are the 1st thing to get. Then do some RICEing. Take off a couple of days and then start to slowly build up your running again. If you started out doing 20 miles a week, drop down to 10 or 15 and then slowly increase it every few weeks.
     
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    It's all in the calves. When your calves become too strong versus your anterior shin muscles. What happens is your smaller anterior shin muscles are fighting against the much stronger calves (which extend the foot) in order to keep your feet in their normal position. Eventually these muscles fatigue and that cramping is what causes shin splints.
    How to treat (I was taught this by a physical therapist) Is massage the calf muscle, and massage it DEEP for 3-5 minutes. afterwards, gently stretch the muscle, working it into a deeper stretch every ten seconds or so, for 1.5-2 minutes. Take a minute rest, followed by another minute of light stretching, and light massage. This is the best way to get the calf muscles to relax and receive a lot of blood flow. Do this after your runs and you will prevent shin splints. it also helps your anterior shin muscles get stronger, as they don't have the force of the calves compounding the resistance against them during movement.
     
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    BlinginAssRims Now I'm blaumped out

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    KEEP THAT SHIT AWAY FROM YOUR EYES OR SUFFER DEATH
     
  16. xela

    xela So say we all!

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    OH okay.
     
  17. Drifter87

    Drifter87 Yippi-kay-ay, Motherfucker

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    1) Fully Stretch Your Legs (the more you slack here, the more it hurts)
    2) Take 2 advil
    3) Get GREAT Running Shoes and Tie Them Tight
    4) Run only on grass, the more pavement you run on, the more pain
    5) Run only 3-4x a week tops
    6) Eat Properly, Lots of Carbs and Bananas
    7) After Running Ice Your Legs and sit down.

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    I ran cross country in High School for 4 years and I run 3-4x a week in college and this is what I do, plus I have a knee issues ontop of shin splints.
     
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    if the pain is on the inside part, it is caused by overpronating. you should be running in a motion control shoe that will keep your foot from rolling inward. brooks beast is a good motion control shoe. if the pain is on the front part of the shins, it could be caused by a bunch of things. worn out shoes, bad mechanics, running on your toes, too much mileage too soon, weak lower leg muscles, etc.
     
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