(Closed) shin splints

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

yoga was the only thing that helped me.  It got me to dtretch my body in ways that I wouldnt pre-or post-run, strengthened my core (which helped my form), and kept me calm mentally so I wouldnt panic when I ran!  I never ever thought yoga would help me, but I recommend adding it to your training once a week.  That, and ice, ice baby!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try icing and stretching out the shins. Use a towel and wrap it around your toes, and pull towards your body. Alternate and point your toes away. And of course lots of rest. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

umm…..I’m not helpful, but you now have me terrified, and I am anxiously awaiting the wisdom of everyone out there who knows how to let this never happen to me (and you!)

What kind of strengthening exercises do you do?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@scarletbegonia- I take a class at my gym.  But I would reccomend a group class over video.  There is just something about the group classes that makes it such a better experience.  Good luck!

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sounds like it may be from overuse

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had shin splints about 6 years ago. Ice them a few times a day, especially right before you go to sleep. Get someone to show you how to stretch and strengthen properly – yoga is also good.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

DH used to get them in high school when he played volleyball, ran a lot, and hiked a lot.  He said the trainer in high school told him to ice, stretch, rest, but to keep working out because that’s the only thing that will get your muscles stronger.

I’ve only gotten the beginnings of shin splints, but rest, ice, and working through it when you have to were the best things I did.  Obviously, you can’t overdo it, but working through it when possible will help.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Shin splints are always a pain.  It’s just one of those things that comes and goes.  In order to ease the pain, ice 15 minutes and soak your legs for 15 minutes. 

Another thing you can do is shin strength excersies. One of them I know is writing the ABC’s with both of your feet.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ScarletBegonia: I used to get terrible shin splints as well (especially when I was training for my 1/2). I found out it was because of my shoes. I over pronate (my foot tends to turn down when my stride hits the ground). I didn’t realize it until I went to buy new shoes and he watched my gait to see how I planted my foot. As soon as I started using my new shoes I felt SO much better! You can buy shoes with more support on the inside of your foot to prevent this. If you have a specialty running store near you (road runners sports, runners roost, ect…) I would definitely go in and talk to them. The difference was amazing! Another thing that really helped was compression stockings. Its not a permanent fix, but it really helped manage the pain while my shins were healing (I would put them on ~10 min before running and run in them). Good luck, I know they can be really painful!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Ugh… I came limping out of the gym tonight because of shin splints. My trainer told me to switch to the eliptical or cycle, which I hate. Boo. I don’t really have any advice. So I’m just checking out this thread so I can find some good stretches to help 🙂

I’m confused abou the whole ice thing though. My legs really really hurt tonight, and I stretched real good (hurt SOOO bad). But after walking on my leg for a few more minutes the pain went away. My trainer told me to put ice on it as well, but I just don’t understand why because it’s fine now. Does it help in the long?

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