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  • cnfwriter Rookie 3 posts since
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    15. Mar 27, 2014 9:16 AM (in response to pj29340)
    Re: About Ready To Just Give Up

    You might also want to check your running form.


    While running, if you are bouncing up and down vertically too much, that could indicate that you are pushing off, or extending from the ankle, too soon during the stance phase. That would be equivalent to doing calf raises in the weight room for each step.

  • SpartanJD01 Amateur 30 posts since
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    16. Apr 2, 2014 9:12 AM (in response to Greenbelt9)
    About Ready To Just Give Up

    The excercise I always used to alleviate shin splits:


    Walk 30 paces with feet straight.

    Walk 30 paces with feet turned out.

    Walk 30 paces with feet turned in.


    Repeat as much as you like.


    Always seemed to help.

  • SherBil Rookie 1 posts since
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    17. Apr 2, 2014 6:15 PM (in response to pj29340)
    About Ready To Just Give Up

    Like some of the others, I'd say have someone check your form. Good fitting shoes should help, ensure you have enough room in the toe box. And, what you might be doing is crunching up your toes! That'll play havoc with your shins (mine do that in ice skates.)

  • Dr. James Johnson Rookie 2 posts since
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    18. Apr 3, 2014 9:37 PM (in response to pj29340)
    About Ready To Just Give Up

    A rarer, but potentially serious cause of shin pain is Anterior Compartment syndrome of the lower leg. Four muscles of the front of the leg pass through a tight, enclosed, non-expansible compartment. With exercise, there is swelling, and since the compartment won't expand to accodate the swelling muscle, blood circulation decreases and can cause pain at a minimum, necrosis of the muscle tissue at its worse. Like I said, it is rare.

    You may also simply be overstepping in your running gait and landing on your heel out in front. The anterior shin group muscle have to contract vigorously and forcefully to prevent the foot from "slapping down". That with coming off a long sedentary stretch of time. I started running after over 20 years of not. It takes time especially for the tendons and ligaments to thicken, hypertrophy and adapt even if them ucles and cardiovascular system are doing well. Be patient and take it slow.

    Try a smaller step distance (shorter gait) and allow time to adapt. Good luck, but by all means don't stop the active lifestyle. It has been a lifechanger for me now over 50.

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