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2004/02/06 17:44:27 (permalink)
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shin splints

hi all,
i have always suffered from shin splints when running even when i was in the marines, but it's got to a stage now where i don't want to run on the treadmill because it causes so much discomfort, i've been to the docs before and all they've said is "rest you legs and they'll be fine" so i did, i didn't do ANY running for months but as soon as i started doig very light jogging then they played up again, is there ANYTHING i can do to strengthen them as i love running and wish i could do it without any worries.
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    phil99
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/06 18:39:54 (permalink)
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    hi m8, ive been suffering with a similar problem for months.i also got told to rest and it didnt work!! i dont know if this has anything to do with it but i decided to stop drinking vast amounts of water (up to 3 litres a day), and stopped drinking pop altogether. as i was told that shin splints is where the muscle expands and presses on the shin bone?? so i got it in my head that i had some kind of water / sodium retention problem. and since that i havent had a problem. like i said im probably way off the mark with my self diagnosis.....but it has worked!! all the best.
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    ANGEL DELIGHT
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/06 19:18:35 (permalink)
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    I've suffered with shin slints alot in the past. The only cure is to rest them, no impact. You can still cycle and swim for CV fitness. I haven't had them for ages which I think is due to stretching the calves thoroughly and doing simple exercises to strenthen the tibialis anterior.

    You can do this by simply laying on the floor legs bent and pointing and flexing the toes. Also stretch the shins by sitting back on your heels. (only do this if you have no knee problems though).
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/06 20:18:34 (permalink)
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    hey, i have had the same problem recurring on and off since my teens, and this is what the physio told me . (Excuse my very unmedical terminology) He said my feet are wrong, they roll inwards on impact which puts a strain on the inner shin muscles. So when I do any impact I am likely to get shin splints . I rest them and they can recover, but whenever I start impact again the problem will always come back. The solution is first rest them so they heal, but during this rest time get orthotics fitted. I have just got my orthotics which I have to wear in all my shoes which balance out my feet to how they should be. When you come back to impact the feet are in the right position = no strain= no pain! It is early to say because I have only had the orthotics a couple of weeks but so far so good.

    Yes shin splints can a temporary problem and helped by hot and cold/ stretching, etc etc, but if you have ALWAYS had this tendency it seems very possible to me that you have the same underlying cause

    I dont know where you're based but the guy who did mine has practises in Essex and Watford, you need a foot specialist who can measure your feet and tell you straight away whether or not thats the problem.

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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/07 14:24:44 (permalink)
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    thanks for the advise, i'm in wales so i'll grab the old yellow pages and have a look thanks gymbabeliz, you wouldn't happen to know what a foot specialist is called would you? it's always been a huge problem with me, commando training was agony i almost had to drop out.
    what do you think of those silicone shoe soles, any good?? aparently they absorb most of the shock to your shin bones when running, may try um out.

    thanks again


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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/07 17:21:31 (permalink)
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    No, if your feet are really off, you'll need custom made orthotics, I saw a sports physio first who measured me up and told me how horrible my biomechanics were, and he recommended me to a podiatrist who is part of the Feet First partnership.

    Just had a quick look, here's a couple in Wales:

    http://www.feetfirst.freeserve.co.uk/

    http://www.podiatry.clara.co.uk/

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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/07 23:04:49 (permalink)
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    angel D and GBL are absolutley spot on. follow thier avice to the letter.
    rob
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/11 14:35:00 (permalink)
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    thanks loads gymbabeliz and angel d, i've had a look at the links it's a bit of a trip but i need this sorted so i'll book an appt, thanks again.

    steve
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/11 14:47:36 (permalink)
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    ok let us know how you get on!
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/11 14:58:14 (permalink)
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    will do.
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    RE: shin splints 2004/02/16 23:50:33 (permalink)
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    Good Luck, I can sympathise shin splints are a pain.
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