Hello, i will after 1,5 years of fighting and trying everything to fix my shins ignore the pain and just keep on running with painkillers (playing soccer). From what my doctor said, it's not very likely that i will get stress fractures from this.
Has anyone else done this? How did it work out for you?
Other than that i'll update this thread after some months.
Tom in your opinion how quickly can shin splints come on? I have all the symptoms, but I've only been back at running about four weeks after an injury lay off. I'm doing around 3 sessions a week run-walking and it seems absurd that this could be too much. I was non-weight bearing for quite a while on the side that's giving me problems, so could it be that my calf/shin just needs to strengthen? Unsure whether rest is in order or I actually need to push on and strengthen my leg.
Sorry for hijack johanes!
Thanks v. much Tom. Are there any specific exercises you'd recommend for strengthening the calf?
Yep perfectly, thank you. Rather pleased that at least I don't need to hold on to anything to do the calf raises. All that tip toes work... and to think I thought not wearing high heels would be good for me!
Tom, if i increase the length of my runs gradually and slowly by 1 km at a time (once per week) and still get a little sore, is that usual or should i just stop? Do you know how big the risk of stress fractures are if you keep on running with pain?
Edit: and what happens if you keep on running with the pain?
I don't have any history of stress fractures, my doc (doctor of the swedish national athletics team) said that it was not very likely for me to develop stress fractures even if i continue running.
I don't have the motivation to start slowly once again, but if i am able to play with pain and not getting stress fractures, that would be perfect.
Btw, i can run 1 km until i get pain.
Try crossfit has started to sort my shin splints out and is great for all round injury prevention
thanks for the links to the piece you wrote and the links within it Tom.
I've just started with shin pain a couple of weeks ago 3 weeks out from Chester marathon and the things you have written about seem to back up what my physio has told me.
He has diagnosed tibial stress reaction rather than stress fracture as the pain is a little spread over the length of the bone rather than very localised although he acknowledges it is very hard to be specific with problems like this.
The only thing he has suggested in terms of prevention that I haven't seen mentioned anywhere is taking a calcium/vit d supplement which I've now started on. Do you have any thoughts on that Tom? I don;t suppose it can hurt (pardon the pun)!!
The only thing I'm confused about is whether continuing to run with mtsr leads to a stress fracture??
Did a short individual soccer practice yesterday, got some pain whilst doing it but wasn't so bad a few hours after, i will do my second practice tomorrow (less intense practice).
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