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07-01-09, 08:48 PM #16
Shin Splints (Tibial Stress Syndrome)
Many athletes get shin splints -- also called tibial stress syndrome -- at one time or another. Whether you jog daily or just had to sprint to catch a bus one day, you may have shin splints when you feel throbbing and aching in your shins. While they often heal on their own, severe shin splints can ruin your game.
Shin splints aren't really a single medical condition. Instead, they're just a symptom of an underlying problem. They might be caused by:
- Irritated and swollen muscles, often caused by overuse.
- Stress fractures, which are tiny, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones.
- Overpronation or ''flat feet" -- when the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons.
What Do Shin Splints Feel Like?
Shin splints cause dull, aching pain in the front of the lower leg. Some people feel it only during exercise; others, when they've stopped exercising. Sometimes, the pain is constant.
Depending on the exact cause, the pain may be located along either side of the shinbone or in the muscles. The area may be painful to the touch. Swollen muscles can sometimes irritate the nerves in the feet, causing them to feel weak or numb.
To diagnose shin splints, your doctor will give you a thorough physical exam. He or she may want to see you run to look for problems. You may also need X-rays or bone scans to look for fractures. Other tests are sometimes necessary.
When Will My Shin Splints Feel Better?
There's no way to say exactly when your shin splints will go away. It depends on what's causing them. People also heal at different rates -- three to six months is not unusual.
The most important thing is not to rush back into your sport. If you start exercising before your shin splints have healed, you hurt yourself permanently.
While you heal, you could take up a new non-impact activity that won't aggravate your shin splints. For instance, runners might try swimming.
Your shin splints are fully healed when:
- Your injured leg is as flexible as your other leg.
- Your injured leg feels as strong as your other leg.
- Your can jog, sprint, and jump without pain.
- Your x-rays are normal or show any stress fractures have healed.
To prevent shin splints, you should
- Always wear shoes with good support and padding.
- Warm up before working out, making sure to stretch the muscles in your legs.
- Stop working out as soon as you feel pain in your shins.
- Don't run or play on hard surfaces like concrete.
07-02-09, 11:07 AM #17
07-02-09, 01:44 PM #18
That's how you cause serious damage to your body and will, eventually, take your self out as an asset to the Marine Corps.
07-31-09, 05:46 AM #19
Well he's at boot now so hope he's doin well. I'm sure the docs there set him up fine.
12-03-09, 08:17 AM #20
It's definately NOT a mind over matter thing. If you don't rest and at least cross-train (elliptical, bike, swim) to make the other muscles around that bone stronger, you WILL end up with a stress fracture.
I had one before my senior year due to cross country. Thought it was a lack of stretching, but it kept getting worse. Eventually, I saw a specialist in sports medicine, and he told me I've had a stress fracture for at least the last month. Put me out of commision for 6 weeks for rest, and I missed the start of wrestling season for my SENIOR year. NOT a good way to start. Had to bike a lot to keep up conditioning
12-08-09, 01:24 PM #21
Yeah the stress fracture thing isn't a joke. I can't tell you how many recruits I met when I was in boot that had got a stress fracture and then sent back in training.
03-26-10, 05:41 PM #22
03-27-10, 03:40 AM #23
its your sneakers i had the same problem i got running shoes and was good .. boots as well .. hiking boots and construction boots are totally different with the shoes and boots they give to you in boot you will be fine
03-27-10, 06:22 PM #24
I was in MRP for a month. The majority of injuries are from stress fractures which is kind of in a way extreme shin splints. I started to get shin splints while I was in MRP from being told I wasn't allowed to exercise. Another recruit gave me the advice of drinking orange juice. The potassium is supposed to help. After that, I drank OJ with every chow. Must have worked because I didn't have a problem after that, lol.
You are going to love those Pendleton hills, oorah.
03-28-10, 11:49 PM #25
Suck it up thats all I got to say about shin splints. I had them, and carried the f on.
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