Shin splints and/or ankle pain
I used to suffer from ankle pain and I discovered that I pronate, so I tried a range of trainers but it did not solve the problem. I saw a physio and he prescribed some orthotics which I had and tried. The ankle pain went away and shin splints arrived. Tried them in various stability and motion control shoes and not had any luck. The best ones so far are probably the NB 768s. I have been back and had the orthotics adjusted but still no luck. The pain was so bad on one of my runs last week that I thought I would try my old Asics Nimbus 9 trainers and I had a mostly comfortable run with very little shin pain. However, the ankle pain returned after almost a year without it.
I'm running out of ideas and money. I have been given some strenthening exercises to do and they don't seem to be doing anything, but then again I haven't been doing them every day like I was told as I keep forgetting. Also, I am a bit overweight which I am sure makes the problem worse,
I have a half marathon in 4 weeks and do not feel ready. I can do the distance but it is going to be slow and painful. It makes me want to give up but I enjoy it when it is going well and it is the best way I can lose weight.
Does anybody have any advice?
Yeah stick at it. Do all the satretches religiously, and try your best to loose a little weight, add some cross training instead of a run in the week to relieve the stress while you get into the habbit of loosing a little and stretching. At least this way you are giving the docs ides a proprer go.
I have struggled with plantar facilities in my heel and although I can still feel it it was only when I did my stretches PROPERLY that Ive started to recover.
I would advise finding another race - say 5-10k and then build up to the half rather than running one now, the experience may put you off.
All the best
Thanks for the replies. I have noticed doing my laces up tigher does help a bit but not a lot.
I've also noticed when I run that I am unable to lift my toes after a short while. Think it is related to the shin pain/weakness.
I think it is looking likely that I wont be running the half marathon in just over three weeks. I've been ill since Sunday and have viral conjunctivitis so being forced to rest. Probably for the best. I think half my problem is that my running is inconsistent, and after a quiet month I will come back all motivated and overdo it, which gets me injured and leads to me struggling for motivation. I think I need to start back slowly.
I've tried the Pose method before and it felt like I was running faster, but boy did my calves and achilles ache afterwards!!! I couldn't do it on my next run as it was too painful. Maybe I should give it another go but start slowly.
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