As you can see from the Thread title I am still getting shin splints after trying so many things. I was hoping that someone out there may have had the same problem and would have some advise for me. Here are the things I have tried so far:
After all this it still feels like I am putting unnecessary strain on my shins. I worry that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way that I run, in which case all of the above things I am doing are pointless. Has anyone had the same problem with shin splints? Can anyone suggest something else I can try?
balance board to strengthen the ankle muscles helped me (strangley). if you go to the gym then i would consider adding weight to the leg workouts. ask an instructor which one would help the splints.
have u actually rested?
when did the pain first start etc?
still sounds abit like the shoes but like you said they should have been well advised to your style.
i too had REALLY bad splints, to the point where i couldnt walk properly and stairs were a killer .
Similar to me then, although I have learnt to stop before it gets that bad now. how much rest would you recomend? I took a month or so off and they were fine but then got steadily worse again.
I must admit I do get the impression maybe its my ankles, I will try the balance board out. Thanks for your advise!
At the moment I tend to stop running as soon as I feel my shins starting to ache which dosent take long. Before, when it was painfull to walk I waited until they stopped herting all together.
I suppose because its a common complaint I have assumed its shin splints. Maybe I should speak to a physio for confirmation.
Have you tried looking at your running form? I'm no expert but I read Chi Running after reading that Barefoot Running Book, and have changed my running form from a heel striker to a forefoot lander (plus all the other gubbins), and it feels much better and the only injury I've had is a pulled hamstring from where I just threw myself down a hill (no form at all).
Prior to which I had PF (which seems to have cleared up) and had suffered with shin pain.
I don't know if changing my running form was the 'magic bullet' - it's hard to say what causes what and what cures what - but it's worth a try.
I will give those books a read. Thanks!
Sounds like you could have a stress fracture. I too had a physio telling me it was shin splints over and over again. When i was pain free and started running again it would be back with a couple of weeks or so. I had an x-ray at hospital as i was almost unable to walk it got so bad and they showed me i had a stress fracture. And they also showed me where one had previously healed, which may have been one before when i thought it was splints.
All your sysmptoms sound the exact same as mine, i would recommend seeing a sports therapist rather than a physio. They tend to work more on correcting the issue that gives you your injury rather than just dealing with it there and then and sending you on your way like a physio does.
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