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Shin Splints - How to Avoid Them. How to Deal With Them.


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What is foam rolling?

Foam rolling is...in a word...torture LOL But it's good torture. You use a cylindrical piece of foam and roll on it on various parts of your body, like along your IT band (side of your leg), quads, etc. I say it's torture because I have very tight areas that NEED the foam rolling, and I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to the actual rolling.  Amazon has them and so do most sporting goods stores. Here's an example.

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I have used KT tape and it has done wonders. Also, make sure you do do some good stretched for them.

I'm also a huge fan of taping. I didn't understand initially how it would help, but once I used it, it made a huge difference. It gives so much extra support without the bulkiness of a wrap.

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The dreaded shin splints. We've all had them. Which running technique/stretches has helped you the most to overcome this painful condition?

 

I found this great YouTube video with some yoga exercises which have helped, not easy the first time as they hurt quite a bit but it has helped so the 2nd session should be easier! Have a try https://youtu.be/bcS0laA_4mc

 

Hope it helps

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Im currently training for a 5k. I do run and have been running for a while. Just really starting to get back into it again. I have been getting some intense pain on my right leg just above the inner ankle bone, is this consider shin splints?

 

 

Hi. That sounds like 'Tibialis Anterior Tendonitis'. Shin splints are a little higher up and usually right on the shin. I've included a link that will show you a few pictures so see if it is that. http://kingbrand.com/Tibialis-Anterior-Tendonitis.php?REF=46PV0

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If I've had severe lower leg pain (not sure if it's technically shin splints), how long should I wait before I run again?

I would definitely wait until that pain subsides. Pain is a pretty good indicator that the area is inflamed. I agree (above), ice it and elevate it. And really try to rest it as much as you can. You don't want to overdo it and cause more damage.

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Sorry, don't know how that posted twice... anyway... My legs are doing better when I walk but not when I try to run. It's been a week. Should I still be icing them? I rest as much as I can, even reducing walking, but I don't want to just sit with my legs elevated all day.

At this point I would only ice after activity (even your walks). You want to make sure you get down any inflammation that might arise from being on it, but you also don't want to be constantly constricting the blood flow (now that the initial staging of icing is done). Have you thought about maybe taping the area for extra support?

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I suffered from shin splints for a while....use to just push through the pain but recently found out shin splints are a consequence of poor foot fall and form. After some research and talking to a few runner friends I found Hoka One One Conquest Running Shoes. They are a bit ugly but function over beauty wins. They were just over $100 online and were rated #1 shoe for shin splints. I just started training again using the C25K app and have completed week 1, running every other day. So far shin splints have not been an issue and the shoes are comfy. They run very true to size if not a tad smaller. I were a 7 in Nikes and a 6 in these.

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I suffered from shin splints for a while....use to just push through the pain but recently found out shin splints are a consequence of poor foot fall and form. After some research and talking to a few runner friends I found Hoka One One Conquest Running Shoes. They are a bit ugly but function over beauty wins. They were just over $100 online and were rated #1 shoe for shin splints. I just started training again using the C25K app and have completed week 1, running every other day. So far shin splints have not been an issue and the shoes are comfy. They run very true to size if not a tad smaller. I were a 7 in Nikes and a 6 in these.

 

Great info. Thanks :)

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