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Help! Shin splints

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Fatandlazy Wed 17-May-17 07:39:53

A couple of weeks ago I uncharacteristically did some quite full on exercise. I was fine at first, a bit sore, then I had several busy days where I was on my feet for very long periods, running around, carrying heavy equipment up and down stairs. Since then I've had severe pain when walking and occasionally at other times on the inside of my shins. It feels like it's getting worse rather than improving. Is there anything I can do to speed up recovery and stop hobbling around everywhere? I had hoped to be doing more exercise but there's no chance of that at the moment.

Fatandlazy Wed 17-May-17 09:24:59


cherrytree63 Fri 19-May-17 09:49:39

I have no experience of shin splints, but when I first started running I got horrific pain in my shins after just a few meters.
Coincidentally I was found to have extremely low vit D, and found out that sore/tender shins and sternum can be a symptom.
As soon as I topped up my vit D levels I had no further shin pain.
Might be worth looking into?

whatiswrongwithyou Sat 20-May-17 12:51:55

I remember when I first started running getting horrendous shin splints and like you the pain seem to get worse not better. I think it was a combination of old footwear and my legs just not being used to running.

I bought myself some new trainers and I also carried on doing gentle exercise even though my shins were still very tender. The combination of the two seemed to do the trick but it did take some weeks to settle down.

Fatandlazy Sat 20-May-17 16:56:06

Thanks for the advice. Still suffering but the last few days I've been wearing my trainers out and about and that's helping to absorb the impact. Will try again with some gentle exercise.

Stewart2017 Sat 20-May-17 17:36:39

I quite new to running and had sore shins from day 1. Not as severe as shin splints to be fair.
Proper running shoes help.
And 2 or 3 rest days between runs too initially helped me.

Mair1234 Thu 25-May-17 12:00:53

I had shin splints and saw an osteopath for a while about them. They said I needed to strengthen my calves, ankle strength and feet proprioception. They recommended exercises like calf raises, standing one one leg while brushing your teeth...then progressing to standing on a pillow or something squidgy. Also making sure you stretch calves out properly and leg muscles in general because tight muscles can mean your taking unnecessary strain elsewhere. They also recommended buying some lighter, more 'natural' running shoes because typical trainers have shed loads of cushioning in and that's not necessarily a good thing as that's not how we're meant to run!

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