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Old 05-10-2012, 07:34 AM   #1
Kelly Alford
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Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

Hi guys-
Over the past year I have made a strong attempt to change my running from heel striking-body jarring- headache giving mess to a more "Proper" midfoot form. Recently (past month or so?) I have noticed dull, annoying pain on the inside of my shins, both sides. It aches to the touch as well as with pressure- like going down the stairs, mostly.

I have recently upped my running some, trying to work on some endurance. I am not talking about major, long distance stuff, here.... My longest was last week @3mi.

I wear Nike Frees during most workouts, when I am working out at home & inside, doing stuff that doesnt require jump rope or box jumps I tend to go barefoot.

Is it shin splints? If so, how do I repair?
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:00 AM   #2
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

I believe a lot of rest and icing are good for shin splints. Make sure you are striking mid-foot and then roll to your heel (not just mid-foot and moving on). Otherwise that will lead to overuse of your calf and put more pressure on your shins.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

Sounds like potentially some tibialis posterior tendonitis....

This is the pain distribution for PTT and it follows the tendon into the foot on the medial side:

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http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5755/...3099500pos.jpg

This might help

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http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2010/1...g-on-the-feet/
http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/08/on-tendonitis/
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:44 AM   #4
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

Lots of ice and rest are what you need.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

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Lots of ice and rest are what you need.
Most "injuries" benefit significant from good mobility work though not necessarily stretching or strengthening though potentially in a variety of cases. It always depends though.

"Rest" as in do nothing is usually never a good thing.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:01 PM   #6
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

Kelly does the muscle feel really tight? After running does it feel like your range of motion with your foot is decreased? Although very rare it could be compartment syndrome. I have it and have battled with it. I first thought it was shin splits until stretching ice and all that other jazz didn't do anything. Also how long after you run does the pain linger?
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #7
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

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Kelly does the muscle feel really tight? After running does it feel like your range of motion with your foot is decreased? Although very rare it could be compartment syndrome. I have it and have battled with it. I first thought it was shin splits until stretching ice and all that other jazz didn't do anything. Also how long after you run does the pain linger?
Low load long duration stretching can help stretch out the fascia to some extent which would help to alleviate compartment syndrome. This is where you hold a low level stretch for at least 15+ minutes to allow all of that to relax

Unless you already had a fasciotomy..
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Old 05-26-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

@ Steven, I already have had a fasciotomy and might have to have another one.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:56 AM   #9
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

@Steven:
Stretching won't work well on Compartment syndrome.
I had the fasciotomy (cleaving of the Anticus loge) last year, got thrombosis due to not getting proper medicine's but at least I can run again.

@Kelly:
Does the tension/pain alleviate with rest and how fast is that?
few points that can indicate Shinsplints:
- pain during running on the shin bone (inner side);
- pain lessens on rest after some time (15 minutes and up);
- full flexibility of foot stays;

Compartment syndrome:
- foot can't be flexed upwards (ex. toes to knee);
- tension lessens immediately or after some minutes (usually less then 10);
- tension/pain can come during walking, running, biking or even driving your car (I experienced it during driving. I couldn't even walk 1km (0.6 mile) when my shins just tensed up to the part I couldn't lift my toes up)

by the way:
Ice and massages can help for shin splints, but it will not help in case of compartment syndrome.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:44 AM   #10
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Re: Is this shin splints? Can it be fixed easily?

Hi guys- I am just now seeing this, I guess my auto-subscription to the thread didn't work!?
Anyhow, After extensive reading (Thank you, by the way, Steven for all of the info you provide on your site!) I am calling this shin splints. The pain is higher up the shin than tibialis posterior tendonitis (at least what I am seeing in pictures) I think. It hurts to the touch along the inside of my tibia (shinbone?) and on my right leg my extensor digitorum longus muscle I think?? I am honestly looking at a picture on Google images for that!

I can stand on my tiptoes without any pain or issues, however going up or down stairs- the point where the leg is bent and pushing down through the foot = dull pain.

Last night I discovered that foam rollering my calf muscle = shooting (but still dull, does that make sense?) pain up the inside of my shin.

Icing and massaging definitely helps.

I would not say that there is a loss of range of motion.

I believe this all started when a workout one day was jumprope and the next involved running of some distance.

Now, what to do about it and how to prevent in the future? Running is NOT intuitive for me- I am very slow and obviously something is wrong with my form.

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