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pain - left shin

#1
i have a muscular problem in my left shin that's completely disrupted my running routine for the last month now. it's pissing me off. at first i thought i just need to give it a break for a week or so. well i have, 2 or 3 times now, it still hasn't completely gone.

it just hardens like feck after 2-3km.

any ideas what it could be and/or what i could do about it?

looking at this pic:


it effects the Tibialis anterior
 
#3
that what i thought it was all along... but lately i was thinking it must be something else...

how much rest could it possibly need! 1 month and still hardly any improvement..
 
#4
I would look at stretches and exercise from hip down:

Piriformis
ITB
Quad
Ham string
Footballers groin stretch
All lower leg
Calf raises then stretch etc

A good piece of equipment I found was a foam roller with guidance from my physio, working on the whole leg and glute.

I would also recommend runners world forum on the matter, I had the same symptoms.

Google can be your friend, it can also turn you into a doctor.
 
#5
I would look at stretches and exercise from hip down:

Piriformis
ITB
Quad
Ham string
Footballers groin stretch
All lower leg
Calf raises then stretch etc

A good piece of equipment I found was a foam roller with guidance from my physio, working on the whole leg and glute.

I would also recommend runners world forum on the matter, I had the same symptoms..
cheers, i'll have to look into that.
just the other day there was an article about how useless stretching is.

don't know what to believe anymore lately!

Google can be your friend, it can also turn you into a doctor.
or a hypochondriac.

seriously, the amount of contradictory articles on the matter is amazing.
 

Brotherton Lad

LE
Kit Reviewer
#6
Shin splints is a catch-all term covering everything from stress fractures (where you can barely walk and take months to heal) to a little soft-tissue niggle that needs a couple of weeks rest and stretching. So your first job is to find out what the problem is. This could be anything from shoes, biomechanics, or training routine.

If it's a soft-tissue injury the surrounding muscle will tighten up after just 5 mins or so of running in order to protect the site of the injury. It's often tempting to press on through this minor discomfort until you do further real damage to the injury and you end up walking 2 miles home.

You may well be able to self-diagnose on the internet, on the other hand you may well end up doing all sorts of stretches that make no real difference. Ideally you need a friendly physio to get some fingers on the injury and to discover the cause.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#7
See a good doc as soon as possible. I had what I thought was splints and it was anterior compartment syndrome. I managed 2 more years on ops before I left anyway but I wasnt able to run properly again without surgery.
 
#8
I echo ugly, get yourself to the docs for it to be checked. However i would add also look for a sports clinic near you for a sports massage and perhaps a physio to look at it.

I had severe pains in my left calf and shin, doc couldnt figure it out nor could the NHS physio. One appointment at my local sports clinic they prescribed a massage to relax the muscles, pain went away nicely even though the massage hurt like hell. Actually, even though i was off running for 2 weeks i dropped my 1.5 mile time by a minute. The pain was obviously causing performance issues.


Edit to add - My above is based on you being a fellow STAB. If you are in get to the MO.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#9
Mine was picked up by thee RM C/Sgt taking us for a run At Balynkinler NIPG. He commented that I ran wrong, not relaxed and awkwardly. He was right but he got me seen to by the MO and treatment started.
 
#10
I changed my running style last year (to 'pose' running) and had a load of issues with tight calf muscles and plantar fasciitis due to the change. I had 'dry needling' treatment (basically accupuncture without the yin/yan bollocks). It fixed it in 3 treatments.

It may be nothing more than tight muscles, so relax and get it checked out at the docs, but don't panic it's calf cancer just yet.
 
#11
thanks for the comments, you've all been very helpful. you're right, i better have it looked at.

got myself some new running shoes over the weekend and got some brilliant consultance. complete with a muscle loosening (and fecking painful) massage by the shop owner who is also a physio.
it made it slightly better but not enough.

see if i can find a good doc nearby, my GP retired.

meanwhile i'll go for a swim this evening.

let's hope i haven't trained myself into a cripple before i even got into the army. 8-(
 
#12
As an aside, you have to find the right doctor. After 22 years running in and for the Army almost all military docs are keen to sort you out and get you back on the road. Many civvy doctors when told it hurts you to run, just tell you to stop running, problem fixed, next patient please.

So tell them you need to get fit to join the Army and running is one of the tests you have to pass.
 
#13
Also, don't mention shin splints, because many doctors will put that in your records. You have pain in the front of your lower leg, which eases with massage. Say nothing more, otherwise your records will look shit.
 
#14
1. You don't know what the problem is. You have neither training nor experience. Your career may depend on the resolution of this
problem.
2. I don't know what the problem is.
3. Most posters here don't know what the problem is.
4. Physio as a knowledge set is outside the domain of many doctors, so
5. Get yourself to the best sports physio that you can find.

Specifically, one who has the equipment to video your gait and the experience to analyse it.
PM me if you like.

Best of luck

Old Rat
Out
 
#16
I was so badly biffed by shinsplints that I had to give up on the Army completely, but then again I do have spastic wonky legs. For God's sake don't try and 'run through it', get to a private physio who will see you straight away and keep the problem off your NHS records. If by some freak coincidence you happen to be in the Bristol area, I can give you the details of an ex-Headley Court therapist who really knew what she was on about (although I was beyond help).
 
#18
it sounds retarded, but check your boots. I had a problem with my knees/shins/ankles when i ran and thought i was slowly falling apart. At the time i had a pair of hanwag boots that were worn in and the soles were angled inwards forcing my legs/knees inwards. I didnt clock on that my boots were causing my injuries for like 3 months, once changed i was find again.

admin, eh :rolls:
 
#20
Curious why only pain in the left leg, do you run like a monger?
yeah, more than Mr Mong Montmongery of Mongshire with my toungue hanging out.

i'm pretty sure it's because my shoes are shite. i got knew ones almost 2 weeks ago now, and i haven't run for... 11 days. i think i'll give it a try tomorrow.

i still haven't seen a doc.
maybe it's okay now finally? i suppose it doesn't hurt to give it a cautious try to see how it feels.
 

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