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After 10 years of sedentary sloth, I began running again this spring. A
Clydesdale , I was up to 3 miles day, 5 miles on Saturday, with Sunday
off. Feeling great. I run in New Balance 1011's with Superfeet inserts.
Then I started having problems with my left leg. After 10 minutes of
running, my foot would begin to flop on the pavement, and I developed
pain in the outside of my shin. I could not finish two runs in a row.
Went to see a podiatrist, who gave me some stretches to do. These did
not help. He suspects I have lateral compartment syndrome. I have
stopped running completely, and I am going crazy.
I see a sports MD in a few weeks, but in reading up on LCS, all I see
is surgery. Has anyone tried -- with success -- other, more
conservative methods. i.e., compression stocking, different shoes,
different orthotics, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, voodoo, etc.?
Help! I am desperate to get back on the roads!
There are a number of threads, mostly on the CoolRunning side I think, about compartment syndrome and treatment. Surgery appears to be the only long term answer, from what I've read. The recovery seems to take a while. Do a search on "compartment syndrome" including the quotes.
From the description of your problem it occurs when running, take a look at the manner in which you run. Running form or style can have a great deal to do with the development of exercise exertion compartment syndrome. Performing any activity in a faulty manner can be a major factor in the development of repetitive use injuries. In my experience anterior lateral compartment syndrome is often related to striking the ground with the heel first, consider striking the ground with the whole foot first. Take a look at the following articles Powerful Treatment for Running Injuries, What to do when treatment is not working, and Given an over use injury what are the expected movement faults. Consider a slow motion video analysis of your running form to determine how you strike the ground and whether you can change the manner in which you run in order to alleviate your leg pain.
Damien Howell MS, PT, OCS