Shin splints

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  1. I've had what I reckon are shin splints for a couple of weeks now I've stopped running and done cardio on an elliptical and swimming, I'm due to do some Mil Skills on friday - sunday, its still pretty painful to walk and I've been to the doctor who seemed as good as useless who didn't have a look or anything and in effect said crack on regardless....

    I don't want to make them worse before I go on a course in two weeks but I also don't think I'll be believed without a doctors letter?

    Any advice would be good

  2. Been over it a thousand times here, theres a search option along the top buddy.

    Comes down to - Ease off a touch, replace your running with swimming and cycling for a while, get a decent set of running trainers.
  3. I know I'm awfully sorry, I've had a look at them all...

    I just don't know how to go about maybe not going on the mil skills because walking still hurts but the doctor was no help, I've laid off stuff but without a doctors note I think I'm stuffed....?

    Painkillers and grit?
  4. I've found that proper warm ups/downs help a lot as well, i think i read ice packs somewhere.

    Only you will know whether you are ready, feller.
  5. true grit is the order of the day :wink:
  6. Make sure you dorsiflex and plantarflex your ankles LOTS! Lots of people underestimate just how important that bio-mechanical motion is.
    Also, try to run on the tips of your toes, which allows for the foots natural spring mechanism to absorb the majority of the shick, rather than 3 times your weight (yep, thats the average impact on your legs when you run heavy footed. At average running pace, thats about 700 times EACH MINUTE, EACH FOOT) going straight up your shins, legs and generally wreaking havoc from your pelvis down.
  7. I have been in agony for a few months with what I was informed were shinsplints, I asked for a second opinion and it now turns out I have something called Compartment Syndrome. I was sent to the hospital for further investigation and was told I need an operation on both my legs to rectify the problem - deep joy. The first doctor sent me away with a box of army smarties and the advice of "take it steady and stop if it hurts" - chunt. By carrying on and just taking brufen has only worsened the problem.

    Make sure you don't injure yourself further by doing too much too soon, and if in doubt get a second opinion. All the best fella.

  8. Duckiciao is right... not letting your full stride out results in problems. I used to dread those large formation runs in which your more or less shuffling along. Your shins, knees, and ankles take a heck of a lot more pounding when your normal stride is checked.
  9. Well that's the last thing i would of thought !!
    When i get severe pain i go in to a slower pace thinking that will ease it a bit but it never does.

    so what you're saying is keep up the full stride, I'll try it.
  10. wwwwooo there. actual pain when competing in exercise is never good.
    there is a noticable difference between pain from tough session and other pain.
    unless your doing a contact sport andpain is a result of being punched, kicked, falling over etc, any abnormal pain is a red flag.

    pain killers and pushing through is so bad for you its not worth it. look at all the ultradistance runners who race thousand plus miles. most of the best finishers have done so on high amounts of painkillers, and most have to spend the next year recovering and getting back to shape.

    pain is to stop you injuring yourself more, so painkiller mean you could be doing permanent damage and not know.

    you have to cure the cause not the symptoms.
    see a doctor, and also see a running shoe specialist about orthotics.

    shin splints is notorious for sticking around, so just think, if you dont cure it now, you certainly wont have enough rest to cure it when youre in the army, and could spend a long time with them.
  11. I'v had them for as long as i can remember and nothing as shifted the pain , as you say only rest can sort it out i'm currently training for para selection so i cant really waste any time so i just push through it .can you imagine being on a ten mile tab or even the stretcher race and saying i can't do this my shins hurt :cry: , ill get binned

    I do know what your saying though, the average jogger can maybe afford to leave it a couple of days or weeks but i dont see how i could as i am getting on a bit now and dont want to miss my chance to get in (or try to)

    By the way what is this so called cure you mentioned as i have been told and read that there is no cure.
  12. [/quote]wwwwooo there. actual pain when competing in exercise is never good.
    there is a noticable difference between pain from tough session and other pain.
    unless your doing a contact sport andpain is a result of being punched, kicked, falling over etc, any abnormal pain is a red flag.[/quote]

    How can you say it's an abnormal pain in my book it's just the same as being kicked punched as ducki said it's the impact on a hard surface.

    When i run on a treadmill or grass i never get any pain even when sprinting so maybe that is the best way for some people?
  13. The cure depends on what the cause is, every case would be different!

    I'm in a similar position to you - I've got selection in 2 weeks and so no choice but to run through the pain. At least when I'm in, I've got 6 months to sort them out before basic!
  14. Hope it goes well for you.
  15. Cheers mate! And you.