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Shin splints - any advice?
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rowrowrowyourcoat · 17/06/2021 11:13

Hi all, my DS has been, what we think is, shin splints. He's had this before it seems to have come back recently. He plays baseball every Sunday (2 games so the whole day) and trains every Thursday, he also does a lot of walking.
I've booked an appointment with an osteopath as he used to see one regularly but not needed to for the last few years.

DS has always had some problems with his legs and I'd like to get him some supportive training shoes- is it worth going to one of those shops that scan your gait/feet and can offer some recommendations? Has anyone done this before and it was worth it?

Would be grateful for any advice. TIA

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rowrowrowyourcoat · 17/06/2021 11:14

apologies for typos!

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purplesequins · 17/06/2021 11:22

how old is he? still growing?
is it both legs?
baseball is fairly low impact, i.e. short bursts if activity rather than constant. shin splints are more associated with long distance running.

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Quickchangeartiste · 17/06/2021 11:29

I have had the gait analysis done at a running shop and they told me I had neutral pronation, which is fine, but what they missed was my high arches. It’s taken me a while to understand that the drop from heel to toe makes a big difference to me, and that I need support through the arch.
But the thing which helped my shin splints most was strength through the glutes and around the hips .
A whole day of any sport can be quite intense, is there a trainer who could maybe suggest some strengthing exercises to do on his off days ?

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rowrowrowyourcoat · 17/06/2021 11:30

HI, he's 18. I think it's related to his earlier problems and continuing problems with his feet.

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purplesequins · 17/06/2021 11:32

maybe looking at physio specialised at sports might be an idea.

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cheesecrackerz · 17/06/2021 11:37

I'd recommend sports physio for this

I had same at his age and got some custom made carbon fibre orthotics, which have really helped

Calf compression sleeves also make a big difference for me

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Mykittensmittens · 17/06/2021 11:39

If he’s grown recently it could also potentially be osgood Schlatters - that has some similar symptoms and can affect lower legs, ankles or knees.

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