This post could typically sit in a number of categories, however as the core purpose of my post is battling pain I thought it appropriate in the ‘injuries’ section!
I am in my mid-twenties and a frequent soccer/football player, in order to remain fit I run on a treadmill 2/3 times per week, match practice once a week on a hard astro-surface, and obviously play once per week on grass. On and off for as long as I can remember I suffer from painful shin-splints which infrequently progress into a combination of ankle and knee injuries as well (no doubt through ‘playing through the pain’). The pain can range from a dull throb on my inner shins that will disappear after finishing a run, to a painful knot/weakness which could be enough to cause me to limp as I move generally.
I’ve attributed the constant issues to a high arch in my foot, and an un-natural running style I developed having broken my leg aged 15 (I seem to run with my lower back curved inward – causing my posture to lean forward and arguably put greater pressure on my shins). I’ve attempted a host of possible remedies, from anti-inflammatories to physiotherapy (was given awful advice that was tantamount to “You just need to run differently!”).
What I find frustrating is that I have the energy to run a lot further then my legs can carry me – I am expecting to hear that 4/5 separate running episodes per week is simply too much activity for my shins to take – I’m just wondering how I can get as fit as possible without comprising my lower leg health. For any kind soul out there who has the patience to read this, I’ve added a few extra points which might be relevant;
- Running shoes now approx 3 years old
- I’m male, 5’5 approx 10.5 stone (150lbs)
- My aim is to develop explosive speed/power over shorter distances instead of prolonged distance running.
Any support/advice would be very much appreciated. On a final note, does anyone know if compression socks are worthwhile?