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Shin splint success stories (Read 66 times)

tritone


    Hi - shin splints had gotten me down. Any success stories you can share would be much appreciated.  The MD i went to told be to wear inserts and take Meloxicam for two weeks, then it should get better (along with strength training and some stretching).   Has anyone gotten through them without having to take more than a week off?


    Train SMART

      A lot of dorsiflexion strength work, calf stretching.......do for months or rest of your life. I was able to manage condition for months without it going away. For me, when I got orthotics, my issues were resolved. It was pretty amazing. We are all different though.

      THE RECOVERY MAN. Run Injury Free. www.smartapproachtraining.com

      Mriley16


        I had many false starts in my attempts at “being a runner” due to shin splints. Ultimately, a slow methodical approach to training, including plenty of strength training, as well as patience when it came to increases in speed and distance did the trick for me. I always warm up, stretch well, and roll my calves out every night if I can. Like others have said through, everyone is different. I have heard orthotics, improving your technique, weight loss, etc all being factors in shin splints and other overuse type injuries. Good luck in your recovery and don’t let it get you down, take it slow if you have to and don’t compare yourself to other runners (or your younger self if that applies). If you’re patient I’m sure you’ll be back to your accustomed speed and distance.

        tritone


          Thanks!  I think I do suffer from TMTS (too much too soon) and some days instead of running have been working on strengthening which I’m sure will help.

          sport jester


          Biomimeticist

            It's not about too much too soon.

             

            Stretches and rolling may reduce the pain symptoms, but will only increase bodily damage.

             

            Shin splints are a byproduct of too much forward lean in your running form. Over pronators are also of greater vulnerability.

            Experts said the world is flat

            Experts said that man would never fly

            Experts said we'd never go to the moon

             

            Name me one of those "experts"...

             

            History never remembers the name of experts; just the innovators who had the guts to challenge and prove the "experts" wrong

              False.  I had bad shin splints as a beginner runner when switching sports from bike racing.  My running form didn't change at all but as my legs adapted to running the shin splints disappeared.  It took probably a year of transition during that time as I alternated days of running and cycling.

               

              It's not about too much too soon.

               

              Stretches and rolling may reduce the pain symptoms, but will only increase bodily damage.

               

              Shin splints are a byproduct of too much forward lean in your running form. Over pronators are also of greater vulnerability.

              sport jester


              Biomimeticist

                False.  I had bad shin splints as a beginner runner when switching sports from bike racing.  My running form didn't change at all but as my legs adapted to running the shin splints disappeared. 

                 

                 

                Adaptation is change....

                 

                So yes, you do have to alter the way you run to decrease the injury risk. Basic biomechanics.

                 

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                Experts said the world is flat

                Experts said that man would never fly

                Experts said we'd never go to the moon

                 

                Name me one of those "experts"...

                 

                History never remembers the name of experts; just the innovators who had the guts to challenge and prove the "experts" wrong

                  False. As previously stated, I did not alter the way I ran.

                   

                   

                  Adaptation is change....

                   

                  so yes, you do have to alter the way you run to decrease the injury risk. Basic biomechanics.

                  Teresadfp


                  One day at a time

                    Yes, I got shin splints as a new runner, too.  I didn't change the way I ran, and they went away after a little while.  That was 11 years ago.

                    LedLincoln


                    not bad for mile 25

                      False. As previously stated, I did not alter the way I ran.

                       

                      But you don't have the advantage of a complete lack of experience from which to preach your running gospel.

                      Beware of a tall blond man with one black shoe.

                      JimR


                        This chiropractic site has a meta tag for 'chin splints':

                         

                        http://sancarloschiropractor.com/tag/chin-splints/

                        NikoRosa


                        Funky Kicks 2019

                          When I started running in junior high school, I got awful shin splints.  A set of orthopedic inserts (custom fit by a podiatrist) solved the problem and I’ve never had trouble since except for during an experimental phase of minimalist shoes.

                          Leah, mother of dogs

                          LedLincoln


                          not bad for mile 25

                            This chiropractic site has a meta tag for 'chin splints':

                             

                            http://sancarloschiropractor.com/tag/chin-splints/

                             

                            Caused by eating too much, too soon, I presume.

                            Beware of a tall blond man with one black shoe.

                            Mriley16


                              It's not about too much too soon.

                               

                              Stretches and rolling may reduce the pain symptoms, but will only increase bodily damage.

                               

                              Shin splints are a byproduct of too much forward lean in your running form. Over pronators are also of greater vulnerability.

                              The jester strikes again.

                               

                              Perhaps the king of pseudoscientific running advice could take a word of advice from a fellow under-informed and overconfident commenter:

                               

                              Look around at how almost everyone but you comports themselves on this board, you are perhaps the single bloviating outlier. I would imagine that if you lightened your absolutist tone even slightly someone might dare take you seriously or consider doing so.

                               

                              I know, I know... “don’t feed the troll.”

                                I had pretty bad shinsplints for a couple of months when I started running. Bad shoe choices and muscle imbalance due to not used to distance running seemed to be the cause. I did lean forward too which puts more stress on lower legs. I adjusted my gait more upright so Im using my glutes and upper legs more. I think its mostly a new runner thing though. You should eventually be able to get on top of it.

                                50+ PBs -  

                                5k 18.25 Tauranga Parkrun  Sept 20      81.36 % age grade

                                10k 38.55 oct 19 strava run

                                " If you don't use it you lose it but if you use it, it wears out.

                                Somewhere in between is about right "      

                                 

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