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DRAGONCHILDE
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12/9/12 12:17 A

Well, I'd cut back... but seeing as how I'm only running 15 seconds every minute or so, I'm not sure how! I do take it VERY slow, though; when they start to hurt, I generally slow down, shorten my stride, and if it persists... stop running and walk. And I NEVER run consecutive days! I may repeat week one and see how that goes. I DO overpronate (not badly, thankfully, but I do.)

I got some today, just to give them a try and see how they did; whoah! I didn't run far (it's actually an off day, and I'm not willing to try, plus the kids are home with just me so no one to keep an eye on them while they snooze) but I didn't even have a twinge in my shins. I won't call it fixed, but it certainly FEELS a lot better.

Will see how it goes with my training tomorrow.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 12/9/2012 (00:25)


DALCANT757
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12/7/12 7:52 P

It's unlikely that your family doctor will have any groundbreaking ideas for you unless you have access to a running clinic. A trip to a specialty running store may lead to some insight about gait deviations, but it's usually the overpronation that puts you at most risk, so the expensive dr scholls may help. Even the gel ones can reduce shock going through your leg.

Biomechanical abnormalities leading to shin splints can be really tricky to diagnose if you want to get specific. You can just try some general exercises that can help common problems such as tight calves, poor balance, weak core muscles, and weak butt muscles.

For now, give it a bit of relative rest and ice it down if you overdo it. Try cutting your distance and speed by 50% and see if it goes away, then work back up slowly. Sometimes they come as a result of too much too fast. You can also consider running on the grass if that is available.

I was able to get rid of my shin splints by going toward barefoot-style running with vibrams. However I replaced it with posterior tibial tendinopathy at times. So that's also a possibility.



DRAGONCHILDE
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12/7/12 7:10 P

Thanks Nancy! At this point, I'm just trying different things to see what helps; I saw that article in my last Runner's World email, so that's what got me started thinking in this direction. Without a trip to the doctor (not in the budget) or a new pair of shoes (also not in the budget) I'm focusing on form and see if some inserts will help. The shoes helped when I first got them; which is why I think they've broken down a bit, and hopefully some orthotics will extend their life a bit. My husband might divorce me if I buy another pair of workout shoes. ;) I've already got four!



SP_COACH_NANCY
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12/7/12 7:02 P

Hi Heather,

I would be very careful in assuming orthotics will cure your shin splints. Many experts now believe that orthotics actually weaken the foot muscles making you more vulnerable to other injuries up and down the kinetic chain.

Below is a link to a Runner's World video that I believe to be the most thorough discussions on shin splints.

www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-rec
overy/inside-doctors-office-keep-shins
plints-away#.UL4A1_Tz_QM.facebook


I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy



DRAGONCHILDE
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12/7/12 6:58 P

Okay, the dreaded shin splints are back. I think part of my problem is my shoes, but thanks to Christmas budgetary constraints, they're not in the cards right now. So, I was thinking that maybe a cheaper option might be some orthotic inserts!

I don't have a big budget, so customs aren't really helpful. Is this something I can get at a running store? I'm sure I can grab some Dr Scholls, but I'd like to have something a little more tailored with running in mind.

Suggestions? What's worked for you?



 
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