Shin Splints.

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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 13:29
I am in the worst shin pain of my life. It feels like someone came up to me and kicked the crap out of them. It really hurts when walking but no so much when sitting.

Should I see a doctor? Should I ice my shins? What about exercising? Low impact is what the internet says. Is it really shin splints? I really could use some help, I want to cry when walking. Crying or Very sad

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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 13:31
If the front of your lower legs hurt it is probably shin splints. I ice them and that always seems to do it for me. For me, even walking hurts them but if I ice I can still do my walking.

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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 14:56
It probably is, Allie. This happened to me several times when I started exercising. Stupid shin splints.

Yes, definitely work out doing only low impact for a while (couple weeks maybe?). Try elliptical, swimming, or bike...whatever feels best. Do ice, do massage, several times a day if you can. Gently stretch your shins after every workout. It's hard to get them, but it can be done. Also make sure you're always stretching your calves (both areas!).

Doc would likely give you anti-inflammatory. Take an NSAID, it may help Smile

There's not much you can do to speed up the process of healing. If you notice swelling or lumps, go to the doc!

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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 16:23
I also suffer from these, and so did my boyfriend and his friend when they were training from the marathon. Luckily we only have the problem when running, not walking. So perhaps you should try maybe doing a slower pace, I know it can be tedious but at least it's exercise. There really isn't anything that I know of to help or heal them unfortunately, but I hope this advice helps. =]

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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 16:30
Ice + pain relievers + DOR is what I generally do if I get shin splints. The last thing you want to do is get a stress fracture! I almost got one once, it was very painful.
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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 17:22
some ways to help relief the pain is walking on your heels, havin someone push your toes back towards you when sittin with your legs out and jogging backwards. also alternate between ice and heat. no more than 15 minutes each. drinkin plenty of water will help flush out the soreness in the muscle, but because shin splints are typically small stress fractures it doesnt always help Sad take it easy for a while and wear comfy shoes. shin splints often come back real easy so even if you think theyre gone be cautious to not re-aggravate them.
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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 17:39
I agree with what everyone said + I bring a tip:

Buy some styrofoam cups (I know, not good for the environment, but this is the only way you can do this technique). Fill them most of the way with water and freeze them SOLID (several days). When you need to ice them peel away as much of the styrofoam cup as you need and run the cup of ice up and down your shins. This way you can make sure you get every bit of your shins instead of sticking an awkward ice pack on it. By FAR the best way to ice your shins!

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Posted: 15 Jun 2011, 17:41
Oh, and take it from someone who has been through the pain:

DO NOT come back hard from this. Don't take a bunch of time off then start tryng to run miles. Take it slow. If not you could end up separating the muscle from the shin bone, which takes longer to heal and is MUCH more painful. That was the second most painful sports injury of my life.

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Posted: 21 Jun 2011, 23:04
To avoid this in the future you may want to make sure your running shoes havent had it. If there isnt enough padding its easy to get shin splints. I suggest going to somewhere like JackRabbit where they record your running pattern and give you shoes to correct your pronation. I just got some Brooks and I havent had any pain since. Feel better

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Posted: 01 Jul 2011, 12:05
you should try rolling up a wash cloth and curl it under your toes. it sounds weird, but it works.
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Posted: 01 Jul 2011, 12:17
I got mine after doing 60lbs seated calf raises, it's still there but not as bad and it's been about 3 weeks since I got em.. only one leg tho. I iced it, took it slow, got off my running for a while, was biking and weight lifting trying not to stress my leg.
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