Unknown injury, lower leg

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  1. JulietHotel

    JulietHotel New Member

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    Hi all,

    I've put a hold on the running for about 3 weeks now but I have my medical booked for the 15th December and the PJFT won't be too long after that I hope.

    The reason I stopped running is due to a pain in my left lower shin, about 4 - 5 inches above my ankle and on the inside. It doesn't hurt when I run, I feel it at the start of a run but it dissappears after about a mile. The main thing about it that worries me though is that after a week of high intensity running I will feel it slightly when I walk and more so when I step down or put extra force on it.

    Has anyone had similar symptoms to this? Any advice would be appreciated. If it wasn't for my application i'd talk to my gp, but given the circumstances i'm trying to sort it myself. Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. wackojacko544

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    To be honest with you mate I've been experiencing something very similar, I don't have much advice to offer though to be honest but, i plan to see a GP, if it is something you want to get it sorted before it gets worst.

    Also I'm in the same boat hopefully a date for the medical within the next week and PJFT not long after.
     
  3. TangoAlpha

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    I had this pain, went to see a private specialist and it turned out it was just shin splints. However he said if I had carried on running it would have turned into a stress fracture. The cause of it was being flat footed as your ankle and knee isn't in the correct position when your foot impacts the ground. I was given some insoles and ever since I've had no problems. I stopped running for a few weeks and had weekly treatments. I suggest you go and see a private chiropodist as you may be in the same position I was.
     
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  4. DDL13

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    Shin splints.. i had it, hard to walk when they're bad.
    I bought some new shoes which helped a lot (as mine where not made to be used on the road!!) Plenty of rest and ice them for about 15mins after you've put them through stress.

    In the mean time smash the lesser impact cardio's :)
     
  5. ADAMERITH

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    I was having lower leg issues and was worried it was shin splints. Ended up visiting a private physiotherapist to get it looked over and ended up I just had really tight leg muscles, which needed a rest and a couple months of good stretching.

    If you are having any occurring pains, just visit a private physio and he will rule out what it is and isn't and give you a treatment plan. Defiantly worth the money.

    Also, your issue sounds like what I was experiencing so hopefully it is something less serious aswell.
     
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  6. C30

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    Sounds like the starting signs of posterior shin splints, if it doesn't hurt to walk on then the chances are it isn't too severe and a few weeks rest with some strengthening exercises should sort the problem. Decent running shoes are also essential.
     
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    had the exact same thing... i went see a physio and she said my left foot wasn't supporting me as much... i got some shock absorbent insoles and structured running shoes that basically give more support around my heel which was where i was slipping. if you want to find these runners then asics do a range of them... though obviously see a gp first as i ain't a doctor
     
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    With regards to running shoes, has anyone got any recommendations for someone who slightly pronates. I've always used Nike flex because they're incredibly light but now training for the marathon and upping the mileage I'd like something abit more specific.
     
  9. JulietHotel

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    Wow, thanks for all the replies (great to be part of such a helpful community!)

    I've tried a few things since this started - strengthening and flexibility exercises, focusing on improving running technique, better footwear, RICE, e.t.c.

    I just got back from the gym and basiclly though *text deleted* it i'm *text deleted* run, see if the last couple of weeks rest has helped. Well it actually went pretty well, I did a reduced distance at my normal pace and did not feel anything untoward in the slightest. It may be that a change in running style (from my normal long stride to a short one) has brought on the issue. Fingers crossed i'm passed this.

    Once again thanks for all the input! If this forum reflects the corps at all I will be in good company!
     
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  10. A350-800

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    This does sound very much like posterior tibialis shin splints, as others in the post have suggested. Whilst It is highly likely your injury is short term and you have taken the precautionary steps of rest before it gets worse, please do visit a private sports physio for a biomechanical assessment; pain in the shins, ankles, hips or knees are often due to a muscular imbalance that can be treated with strengthening/stretching exercises or a change of footwear to correct the root cause, as well as ice or massage to treat the symptoms. I have been suffering from posterior tibialis tendonitis which is similar to this kind of shin splints (involves same muscle groups) although potentially more serious; please don't push through any pain as this minor injury is probably a symptom of some imbalance or strength/flexibility issue that can be addressed, but if not treated correctly it may manifest itself in another injury elsewhere like mine did. What I have found very useful is to strengthen the posterior tibialis muscle with calf raises, gentle calf stretches and massage with a foam roller and tennis ball. I went for a calf massage on Monday and my feet and shins feel about 95 percent better, apparently my calves were overused and were stressing everything else in my foot, it may be beneficial for you ( also please check if shoes are appropriate, do you over pronate or supinate, or are they too worn, and are you running on a road with excess camber or too hard a surface because these are factors that made my shins/ankles worse)

    I hope you recover well soon, good luck with your medical and PJFT :)
     
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  11. A350-800

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    I found these exercises very helpful, but I recommend you introduce it gradually to strengthen your posterior muscles as I got a bit over excited and made things worse :L

    The posterior tibialis stretch:



    Posterior tibialis eccentric strengthening exercises:





    Using a tennis ball on the inside of your shins and doing gentle soleous is and gastroc stretches are helpful too :)
     
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  12. JulietHotel

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    Nice one A350! Will start working those extra stretches in from now on.
     
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