Posted: 19/03/2014 at 13:31
Ouch, you have my sympathy, shin splints are horrid!
When I had mine, I was unable to run for roughly the same amount of time, but with the help of my friend who is a fabulous physio, I got back to running. Basically, I rested, iced the painful areas and rolled (with a rolling pin, because I'm hardcore...., but you could just use a foam roller) all of the main muscles in your legs for 30 seconds per area - even the little bit of muscle at the front of your shin, it really hurts, but it works. Stretch your leg muscles a couple of times a day, tight muscles exacerbate the issue. I also had a gait analysis and changed my trainers because it turned out I over pronate and normal/neutral trainers weren't supportive enough. The other thing is my physio told me that I had very weak glutes which could also have been the culprit, so she gave me exercises to strengthen them up. It's amazing what knock on effects you can have for a weakness in one part of your body.
After the pain wore off, I began doing gentle jog/walks on grass every couple of days and gradually built up from there. The shin splints finally went and I could run pain free.
Get yourself a good sports physio and a gait analysis - doctors are useless when it comes to stuff like this. Hope you get sorted soon.