shin splints?

#1
I'm looking for some advice please; twice now i have injured both legs whilst out road running, very sharp pains in my shins, but not whilst i'm running, only afterwards when i stand up/sit down etc. usually i rest for a few days then it goes away for another month or so. any advice on stretches or adjusting running style etc would be great. the last thing i want to do is get it on my medical records and get swiftly f*cked off when i start training in catterick later this year.

thanks in advance
 
#2
Get some serious stretching involved, before and after runs.

Don't go hardcore, get a structured routine, make sure the shoes are the correct ones, don't just leave it for a couple of days then hammer it again, rest for a week or 2 then slowly get into it.

I hammered myself, got injured in April and now I've just got back to normal.
 

ugly

LE
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#3
Shin Splints, not really a single such injury. It is a symptom for many different problems and you need to seek help as soon as possible!
 
#4
Had this many years ago on a course. It caused me to fail the course because I couldn't complete the final march, as has been said get help straight away, I have to have specially made insoles these days because I didn't get it treated properly when it happened.
 
#7
Not sure about MD but back partying would be a certainty, plus in severe cases it could lead to an operation to cut the muscle sheath.
 

ugly

LE
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#8
I do think that a lot of what happens next depends upon your attitude and how good your MO is.
 
#9
re-stilly said:
Not sure about MD but back partying would be a certainty, plus in severe cases it could lead to an operation to cut the muscle sheath.
Shin splints is just a generic term for pain below the knee when running - the op to cut the muslce sheath is for compartment syndrome and is very rare.

First things first is get the right footwear. Proper running trainers (from a shop like run and become not JJB sports) that are right for your gait (have a gait analysis done in store). As mentioned shock absorbing insoles like sorbothanes are invaluable too.

The only way to heal medial stress syndrome (shin splints) is rest. Stick to low impact activities such as cycling and swimming to maintain fitness, but you need to rest or you will risk stress fracture.

There is shitloads of info about it on here so as suggested, use the search facility
 

ugly

LE
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#10
Trust me anterior compartment hurts and never really goes away, get it treated, do the physio and you will have a full career ahead of you!
 
#11
ugly said:
Trust me anterior compartment hurts and never really goes away, get it treated, do the physio and you will have a full career ahead of you!
Ive heard that mate. I suffered from 'shin splints' and that was agony enough with all the phys I was doing, so I can only imagine.

I say again though, the first action is to stop running and rest the injury, then seek professional help. Keep running and you will make it much worse.
 
#12
i will be paying the physio next week, i don't want my career cut short! my asics have let me down, thanks for the help guys.
 
#13
ugly said:
Trust me anterior compartment hurts and never really goes away, get it treated, do the physio and you will have a full career ahead of you!
Tell me about it! Boot runs every monday morning for 2 months didn't help either!! Sorbothanes helped me out no end and ice packs on shins/calf area after work.
 

ugly

LE
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#14
I still suffer from it although when I was playing Rugby at my old Army weight I didnt suffer from them. When I was heavier I suffered a bit but cycling helped with the weight and fizz. Now I have had to give that up and they are back when I walk really fast. I will lose that weight but not through fizz, I will have to change my lifestyle, after the GBBF though!
 
#15
Mate I was diagnosed with shin splints years ago and MD'd from the regs.

Years on, missing the Army and wanting to join the TA I started training and had the same pain in my legs. I went to see a Podiatrist and he diagnosed it was simply the way my feet were hitting the floor not shin splints.

He designed and made some insoles which redressed the balance, happy days running no longer a problem, selection passed and i'm on my way.

Why I tell you this:

A) no one can diagnose you through this site.
B) You could do more damage by listening to medical Walter Mittys
C) You could save a lot of money in the long run by going to a qualified person, instead of buying expensive off the shelf insoles and trainers which do nothing to help.
D) Cause if I had seeked a second opinion my reg career would not have been cut short, and I wanna rant ha ha ha!!!!
 

ugly

LE
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#16
I dont think anyone yet has diagnosed him, all of us directed him to a quack asap.
 
#17
Spenny said:
re-stilly said:
Not sure about MD but back partying would be a certainty, plus in severe cases it could lead to an operation to cut the muscle sheath.
Shin splints is just a generic term for pain below the knee when running - the op to cut the muslce sheath is for compartment syndrome and is very rare.

First things first is get the right footwear. Proper running trainers (from a shop like run and become not JJB sports) that are right for your gait (have a gait analysis done in store). As mentioned shock absorbing insoles like sorbothanes are invaluable too.

The only way to heal medial stress syndrome (shin splints) is rest. Stick to low impact activities such as cycling and swimming to maintain fitness, but you need to rest or you will risk stress fracture.

There is shitloads of info about it on here so as suggested, use the search facility
Whats this then?
 
#18
well, just got back from the quack, he ummed and ahhhhed for 10mins and gave me some anti-inflammatory pills, so i will give these a chance, and get my arrse to the physio next week. I've upped my running to 9-10miles per day over the last few weeks, think i may have been ambitious, i will be paying the local pool a visit to rest my legs!
 
#19
Derfel2010 said:
Mate I was diagnosed with shin splints years ago and MD'd from the regs.

Years on, missing the Army and wanting to join the TA I started training and had the same pain in my legs. I went to see a Podiatrist and he diagnosed it was simply the way my feet were hitting the floor not shin splints.
He designed and made some insoles which redressed the balance, happy days running no longer a problem, selection passed and i'm on my way.

Why I tell you this:

A) no one can diagnose you through this site.
B) You could do more damage by listening to medical Walter Mittys
C) You could save a lot of money in the long run by going to a qualified person, instead of buying expensive off the shelf insoles and trainers which do nothing to help.

D) Cause if I had seeked a second opinion my reg career would not have been cut short, and I wanna rant ha ha ha!!!!
My bold

After reading this post several times, Ive come to the conclusion that you are simply a cnut and here's why........

A: The podiatrist said your issue was due to the way your feet hit the floor and not shin splints? Its the way your feet hit the floor that causes shin splints. Thats why I suggested going to a professional running shop and having a gait analysis carried out. That will show if you overpronate, suprinate, have high arches, flat feet etc. They can then advise the right footwear based on your gait analysis (and if you require orthotics from a podiatrist)

B: Nobody has diagnosed him here, but merely offered advise based on experience. As I said shin splints is a very generic term and is unbelieveably common, particularly in the Army where your running in boots and carrying weight.

C: Medical Walter Mittys? Youve been on this site 5 mins and have only just yourself passed TA Selection and you think you know better than everyone else here? The ADVICE being offered is based on experience and for the most part has been spot on.

Having a gait analysis done by a professional, to ensure you are wearing the correct footwear based on your gait is essential for any runner. FACT

Rest (also Ice, Compression, Elevation and Anti-Inflamatories) is the way to treat 'shin splits' and ease the pain and whilst doing so, you can seek professional help to correct the problem and prevent it from coming back. FACT

Rant over


Edited to add, you say youve upped your running to 10 miles and it may be a bit over-ambitious? Mate even if your gait, footwear, insoles etc are all spot on, 'shin splints' can be caused by a sudden increase in training too so beware of that.
 
#20
i'm pleased to say my legs are starting to feel better (still sore though) the rest and meds seem to be doing the trick, thanks for the advice everyone. I've not being running for a few days has allowed me to work on my core which i neglected slightly. i have been looking around the net for running times in the army, 5,7,10 milers etc and cant seem to find any, can anyone shed any light on "good times" for an infantry regiment, any links or charts kicking about?

spenny, i increased the amount i was running long distance all of a sudden, rather than a gradual increase and without many rest days, pretty stupid i might add!!
 

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