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Beginnings of shin splints...

Friday, August 16, 2013

i am really beginning to walk! emoticon i really like it! emoticon who knew? emoticon don't get me wrong, i am not walking 10k emoticon a day, nor am i running emoticon , but i AM walking more than i have in a very long time, and i am being consistent! emoticon i am doing between 10,000-15,000 steps a day, this fitbit friend thing is really working for me! thank you all who are pushing me. emoticon

thing is, i am beginning to get shin splints. emoticon nothing horrible...yet, but i don't want them to get worse, yet i want to keep walking, any suggestions? emoticon

i guess i need new shoes (but i have a very tight budget!) any kind that you all suggest, or like? emoticon i mostly walk on a gravel road, although, i do a little pavement, and some indoor walking.

second, to deal with the current problem of wanting to walk, what do i need to do? any stretching you can recommend? emoticon warm/cold compresses? does ibprofen work?

any and all advice would be appreciated, and i would be so very grateful. emoticon i really am getting into a groove, and i would hate for this to slow me down, thanks all... and keep stepping! emoticon
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    Sorry about the shin splints. I also had calves problems at the same time. Went hiking for the first time in a very long time and got carried away. Until I woke up the next day and tried to get out of bed is when I realized it. And we were on our weekend vacation. Muscles were so tight on the calves that I forgot about my shin splints. Tried taking advil; nothing. Even tried Aspercreme (similar to Bengay) as I was desperate because Fitbit friends kept passing me by. I felt like an old old senior citizen trying to get up from any chair.
    Hubby's a hiker (avg 40k to 60k hiking trips) so he suggested to make sure I do very light daily walking. This will warm up the muscles and will heal on their own.
    After lots of whining and some more whining, I started laughing along with him every time I tried to get up. Did lots of light walking and both shin's and calves healed on it's own. Calves first before shin splints.
    Anything we do in life gets worse before it gets better. You will be alright. It's just a matter of time. And don't let time pressure you to compete when it's healing time. And don't let me taunt you. Lol

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    1744 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Walking up hills and taking too large of a stride can also cause shin splints. (Don't stick your foot out in front of you too far, this isolates a lot of pressure on the back of the heel and can result in shin splints)
    I found ice packs in the first aid section of the grocery store that come in a pouch and has an adjustable elastic strap on it so you can strap it onto any body part - legs, shoulders, etc. It can also be frozen or heated.
    Or you can freeze some water in very small paper cups. When you need to use it, rip the paper cup so that the edge of the paper is below the line of the ice. Then use the ice cup to massage the shin.
    Good luck! emoticon
    1744 days ago
    I was having the same problem. Try to got to a store that has the DR scholls machine that tells you your arch type. It will help you find the right type of shows. If your feet pronate, overpronate or remain neutral. Getting the right type of shoes for your feet is what will help stop the pain.
    1744 days ago
    Like HMAZIS, Nike walking shoes are the best. I asked my son for them for my birthday and I amazed how good my feet feel. Yes, stretching and rest. Listen to your body!
    1744 days ago
    I had shin splints a few years ago. If you stretch before and after this will help ALOT!! At least this is what helped me. I did have to rest a few days to let them calm down as I pushed and pushed and pushed past the pain and well that isn't a good idea (: if you do the stretch where you toe goes against a wall in a upward slant and you come into the wall and then you take that foot after about 10 to 15 sec all the way back and stretch that way it helps I would look up pictures as I am HORRIBLE at explaining (:
    Keep up the great work
    1744 days ago
    Below, Sara Keep Moving suggested kinesiology tape, something I know nothing about. It may be the best, current thing.

    I go back a long time. Thirty years ago, I had a brief careerlet with running. I took a beginner class at New York Road Runners. Bob Glover, director of the program, gave me this advice (excuse the bad writing and grammar -- no time to clean it up now).

    Apply ice for 10-15 minutes twice a day.
    Put powder puffs (the kind that come in pressed-powder compacts; not the very thin foam ones, though, unless you stick two or three together) under your heels inside the shoes for a little elevation.

    If the shin splints don't heal or get worse, STOP your walking program until they heal. Keep icing as above. You can't walk or run through shin splints as you can, for example, through muscle soreness that results from weight-lifting. They'll keep getting worse and regular walking will be extremely painful. Therefore, the first two tips are to be tried for a very short time.

    I can't and don't take ibuprofen. If it's for inflammation, it may well help.

    Good luck.
    1744 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Nike walking shoes are what I like best. They are well worth the money, I am afraid that inexpensive walking shoes will not work for those kind of distances. Ibuprofin works for me when I run and my muscles are tight so a couple days of that might help too. Stretching when you get back really helps and the different videos that have on this site explains exactly how to do them.
    Best of luck and keep up the great work!
    1744 days ago
  • SARIC3
    I'm loving the kinesiology tape for my arthritic ankle. I can have a pain free wog (walk/jog) and absolutely no stiffness next morning.

    I know I've seen instructions on using it to tape shin splints.

    If you use it, so far I like KT brand better than Rocktape. Rocktape leaves a sticky residue. And use rubber alcohol to clean the area first, it sticks much better.
    1744 days ago
    Definitely some warm up exercises....because shin splints last a loooooong time, so best not to let it get any worse. Warm up for 5 mins before heading out in future.
    1744 days ago
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