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Shin Splints

Friday, May 10, 2013

I'm pretty positive I have shin splints, which has happened before when I've started running. My buddy and I were still planning to go to kickboxing tonight, and I was going to tell the teacher I couldn't run, only it turns out she pulled something in her back the other night.

And she's 22 and teeny, so it's not just because I'm old and decrepit and overweight. This is some intense stuff and we need to be careful.

Which begs the question, what kind of ridiculousness does he put his "Elite Training" class through? I can't even imagine.

So we probably won't go tonight, which is a shame, because I wanted to get in the workout and, despite the pain, I am really enjoying the kickboxing/Cross Fit experience.

Here's a couple of questions for you: have you had shin splints? How long did it take you to get over them? When you started running/walking again, did they come back?
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    I have had problems with them over the years in distance running and dance. I've found that the barefoot runner shoes seems to have made this issue a thing of the past. For me, I didn't give in other than taping, so the problem could go on for weeks or more (I'm really stupid).
    1618 days ago
    I've gotten shin splints many times, I think it usually took just a few days for the muscle to loosen back up. I would also kind of massage my shin - straight up and down along the length of the muscle to help it out. I've found that since switching from wearing a pair of new balance cross trainers (that had a heel) to a pair of converse low tops I actually feel much much better. Keep in mind that I am very used to being barefoot and without support or cusioning underfoot so your mileage may vary and that solution may not work for you. Bascially without the heel I'm lifting my toes less in order to get a comfortable foot strike - therefore less stress on the shin muscle to lift my toes up and less shin splints.
    1620 days ago
  • KATIAT325
    I get them all the time. It helps that when you're sitting down, you start tapping your feet, because it gives the legs the needed stretch. Also, to reduce the occurence, I usually take a break about 10 min into my walk/jog and stretch out my calves, and flex my foot up and down - your shins really feel it. It helps.
    1622 days ago
    Sounds like a crappy trainer.


    Have you thought about getting custom orthotics? If your feet really are as flat as you say you might need to have a physician fit them.
    1622 days ago
    I had them years ago, when I did gymnastics and track in high school. We just taped them up and kept going. I can't remember how long it took them to heal, but they haven't been back, so I'll count myself as lucky. I think some people are just more prone than others.
    1622 days ago
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