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HEIDISHOPE Posts: 2,044
12/7/12 8:42 A

Thanks everyone!! Your responses are helpful! SP are the greatest!

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "


OAKDALE41 Posts: 952
12/7/12 8:36 A

I used to get shin splints when I power walked too. Then I attended a running clinic at a gym where they analyzed my stride and help me make improvements. It made a big difference. Also, make sure you are wearing good shoes.

DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/6/12 9:59 P

Tight and painful sounds to me like underdeveloped foot dorsiflexors (tibialis anterior, extensor hallicus longus, and pronator tertius to fight against the TA). Those muscles just lift your foot up when you take a step. They tend not to work so hard unless you start walking really fast and most people don't really strengthen them unless they have been power walking for a while.

Back in college, i was doing an army physical fitness test and had to speed walk it due to a back injury. My legs were dying at the end. It would have been much easier to run.

However, if the inside part of your lower leg is tender to touch and it hurts to hop on one foot, then it may be shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome. In that case, it's rest then working at it more slowly after fixing your running/walking form.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
12/6/12 2:50 P

Thanks for the video; very helpful!!!

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12/6/12 1:39 P

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I used to get shin splints when I walked fast, but not when I ran. I asked a running friend about it, and he suggested that my stride might be too long when I walked fast. I paid close attention and made sure to shorten my stride the next time I walked, and sure enough, no pain! So I'd say the first thing to check would be your stride length.

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12/6/12 11:09 A

I got t his really fantastic email from Runner's World the other day that talks about shin pain, the different kinds, how to treat it, and how to prevent it!

www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-rec
overy/inside-doctors-office-keep-shins
plints-away?cm_mmc=NL-TrainingExtra-_-
1127116-_-12042012-_-Inside-the-Doctor
%27s-Office%3A-Keep-Shinsplints-Away


Maybe it'll help you!

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,089
12/6/12 11:00 A

You might be developing shin splints. Here's an article you should find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=611


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HEIDISHOPE Posts: 2,044
12/6/12 10:51 A

When I power-walk down the road, I am finding my shins are getting very tight and painful. What could I be doing wrong?

Blessings,
Heidi

Proverbs 3: 5-8 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. "


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