Suspect shin splints?

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by RoflsaurusRex, Jan 17, 2011.

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  1. I just got back from a 3 mile run. Normally on the sprint up the last hill my legs hurt, but it was pretty painful from the off. Not agony but enough for me to wince, ooh and ahh all the way around.
    Not even sure it's shin splints, the left shin feels like it's shattered? 30 mins after it's still a bit weird. But my calves feel like their concrete blocks. I didn't stretch til after the first 1.5. Maybe that's to blame?
    Ive only ever trained on the pavement and I think I'll start mixing things up with the track and field. When running on grass should i stick to trainers or invest in some football boots?
     
  2. I just use trainers on grass unless its been pissing it down. Anyway see what it's like tomorrow when you wake up try hopping on your left leg if after it starts hurting then it sounds like you have got shin splints. I got them really bad about 6 months ago and I stupidly tried to run through them (total mong of an idea and I wish someone had slapped me for even thinking it) anyway long story short I fucked myself up properly and was unable to run for about 2 months so if you do have pain tomorrow my advice to you mate would be to not run for a week just get on your bike or swim to keep the cardio up
     
  3. Compartment Syndrome? How good are your warm ups and warm downs?
     
  4. I don't technically warm up or down on my longer runs, but if I'm doing interval training I'll jog for 5 mins, stretch and jog for another few mins.

    When I'm running a few miles I don't really push myself speed wise so don't feel the need to warm up or down.
     
  5. Stretching is important, your calves feel like concrete because of a build up of lactic acid in them. This builds up during exercise, which can be worked away with muscular massage or stretching. Your shins are probably from the fibres in the tendons or muscles getting too big for the sheath that surrounds them. Again stretching will help. Picture your muscle fibres as cold blu tac when you pull it apart. Then picture them again as warm blu tac when pulling it apart. A lot more give when the blu tacs warm right? Same with your muscles and tendons. Google is your friend for lower leg stretches pre and post exercise
     
  6. Or the mental looking advert on the bottom of this page!!!!!!!
     
  7. Cheers. I'll rub some deep heat in and defiantly do some stretches next time :)
     
  8. Deep heat will help with the calves but for your shins try stretching your anterior tibialis muscles with standing stretches. Try this site; Cool Running
     
  9. PapaGolf you're too good to me!
    You any good with building upper body? Aiming to do at least 5 heaves by April, currently nil.
     
  10. In a word No. I can do about 2. Used to be able to do about 12 but beer, fags, chips and gravy soon wasted them away. I am working on them again though. All i'll recommend is repetitive training. Try doing them unsupported, then use a box to rest your feet on. Pull up as far as you can then assist yourself with your legs if you have to. As time goes on, use your legs less and less. If you've got a door bar, put it somewhere prominent and everytime you walk through the door, get up on it and do as much as you can. Sooner or later you'll get there. Thats all i'm doing, and thats how i got my numbers up last time, I just got old and lazy. Good luck though
    This site got recommended to me, so have a look; Commando Conditioning - A Better Type of Fitness for Men And Women. They're all over heaves and upper body exercises
     
  11. Guys no disrespect, but before you go self diagnosing something as serious as compartment syndrome I think you should firstly address the issue causing the 'shin splints'.

    Remember shin splints is just a very generalised term of pain in the lower leg - it could be cause by lack of stretching, perhaps you over-pronate, suprinate, are flat footed and need arch support? First thing to do is get a gait analysis carried out - this can be done at a professional running shop. Second is to purchase correct footwear as advised by the specialist in relation to your gain analysis. Third is to do the 'wet test' and see of you need arch support of not. Forth is to warm up and strech well before and after exercise(particularly your calf muscles).

    Lastly you cannot cure shin splints whilst still running. You need to rest to let the pain subside and then address whats causing them. For me personally I needed an insole that offered good arch support, so i bought Sole Ultra insoles (for my combat boots) and Sole regular insoles for my other shoes. They are around £35, are heat mouldable so you get a custom fit and to be honest made the worls of difference to me.

    If after all of that its still not getting any better, then medical tests can explore more serious issues such as compartment syndrome. Depending on the severity this would require anything from regular physio to surgery, where the cut the sheath surrouding the muscle.
     
  12. Already been analysed at the gym and was told my strides are too long. Bit of a ****** when you're trying to run faster.
    It's all cleared up and I think I was just a wuss about it all. Going to go for a steady jog tonight with plenty of stretching and see how I go.
     
  13. Strides are too long? Who told you that pish? Cleared up or not, if your planning on running more often and over a greater distance, you need to sort out your gait and correct footwear.

    A proper gait analysis is measured on a computer at a professional running shop and basically takes your foot strike, then determines if your a neutral runner, over pronate or suprinate. Corrective running shoes are advised thereafter.

    Forget whatever gym analysis you had done and go have a proper gait analysis done. Its free and is the first thing you should be doing before you permenantly fcuk yourself up.
     
  14. It was hooked up to a laptop and he was awful purty so I wasn't really paying attention to what was said.
    All I got from the experience was an increased heart rate and something about too long a stride..
    But you're probably right and I'll go and find a shop with people who know what they're talking about n junk :)