I'm looking for a bit of advice on diagnosis of a stress fracture.. I am desperatly hoping i've just got shin splints but not so sure.
I've been on holiday so haven't run for 10days but just before that I was away in Norfolk and had a few runs on uneven coastal baths and tricky terrain. Didnt think much of it but had some mild lower leg pain for a day or two following this. Then whilst on holiday (not running) I was sometimes aware of pain on impact in my lower inside leg. I could also feel pain at night sometimes but only very mild and intermittent. Since returning I've had two short (3-4 mile) runs yesterday and today. Pain was worse at the beginning of runs and eased towards the end but sore again immediatly after runs when walking. The is no obvious swelling or heat.
Does anyone have any thoughts on what I should do now? Or more definitve tests of stress fractures other than an x-ray? If I can run through the pain and it eases a bit during runs and it is never severe pain does this make it less likely to be a stress fracture or not so?!
Any advice would be much appreciated. My mental well-being does not take injury very well and I was just making serious progress! Arghh injuries.... Thanks, Annie
Just wondered if anyone had any words of wisdom for me... I have also been off running for about 3 months now and I cant see an end in sight yet! It has as you all know been soo frustrating and is getting me down alot. I ran my first half marathon in september and shortly after this started experiencing some knee pain. I've seen two different physio's in the last 3 months and also spoken to my GP. I'm fairly sure the first physio was a bit of a money waister but the 2nd diagnosed me with runners knee and recommended some exercises for me (mainly one legged squats and things like that) and expected i'd be back to running within a month. I religiously performed the exercises as his opinion was that running well and injury free is all about being strong enough to run and having correct form which all sounds about right so I was confident I could sort it out. But the exercises seemed to make it worse in some ways as I now start to get an ache if i've been walking for too long. If im on my feet too much the aching gets really bad and I get quite a limp - but never any swelling or heat and it usually goes back to normal very quickly, really confusing! Because of this I havent even attempted any running in weeks.
If this is runners knee what is the best thing I can be doing? I go to the gym about 4 times a week and no other exercises seem to aggravate it and I am generally fine to squat, lunge etc. Should I attempt to build up my running very slowly? Or keep waiting and trying to strengthen the knee more? Any advice would be fantastic as I've been boring and irritating everyone around for a long time now with my wingeing!
Thanks everyone. I definitely think your all right and i need to go back to a physio as its been 2 months off running now with no real improvement so its time to try to get to the bottom of this! If only they weren't so expensive....