/ Shin Splints
Does anyone know how on earth I get rid of shin splints. They only hurt when I start running and fade after a km or so. It's not unmanageable pain, just a niggle but a niggle I could do with out. Thanks
Also try to run smooth, avoid sprints and hard ground.
It worked for me but it would make far more sense to rest it and get some advice from a sports physio rather than strangers on the internet!
Thanks I'll give it whirl. Rest sucks and I would trust an Internet stranger over a pro physio any day!
I would agree with the last poster, I have not suffered with shin splints since purchasing decent trainers, but I found that the only way to stop them once I had them was to not run until I could run without getting them!
I have what was called shin splints in both legs, after the GP and 2 different physios it is determined that I don't have shin splints but it is a muscle on the lower inside shin bone. I was encouraged not to rest but to work through the pain building up distance slowly and with regular massaging (this can be by the physio or self administered) much as described by a poster above using your thumbs. Also essential is the stretching post runnung and as often as possible between runs. This has then been supplemented with strengthening exercises and some work on lossening tension in my back and exercises to strengthen my IT band and get my glutes working more effectively as part of the run.
All sounds technical and a lot of effort but has got me from being in too much pain to run at all to half marathon distance, I'm not pain free yet and have bad days (normally from over doing it or not doing my exercises) but I didn't have to stop running!!
A good physio is worth their weight in gold, the challenge is finding one of those good ones!!
I actually went to see a physio earlier on today. Turns out I have fallen arches so she suggested some supportive innersoles which I think I'll get and try out. She said the reason I was getting the pain in my shins was because or a muscle in my lower leg that is overcompensating and trying to pull up my arch. She showed me a diagram and everything and seemed to know what she was talking about.
I'm training for a marathon atm and have found that icing my shins for 20 minutes after a run really helps. Also stretching the muscles running along my shins appears to be having some positive effects.
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