Posted by: Brad | 2009-01-18

Shin Splints - Is there a Cure

good day.through out school i participated in biathlons and various cross country events.

after i left school i started getting shin splints and due to this i cannot run or when i do run my shins hurt.

i have not run for two to three years and am now 26 years of age.

i wish to start running again and am wanting to find out if you have a ' cure'  for shin splints.

who do i see about this, a doctor, physio, chiropractor?

i look forward to your comments.

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HI Brad

It's difficult to say, because "shin splints" is actually a symptom, not a problem in and of itself. So you need to figure out the cause, and then treat that, so that the symptom disappears.

Now, training too much too soon is often the catalyst for the problem, which can be aggravated by things like biomechanics, muscle weakness, inflexibility etc. So you need to concern yourself with how quickly you start running, and also whether you're strong enough so that your calf muscles handle that loading.

For that, I'd suggest seeing a biokineticist, or possibly a physio. Have them assess strength, flexibility, and perhaps even prescribe a programme (the bio will be able to do this). One exercise that is especially helpful is a single leg calf lowering, where you stand on the edge of a step with your heel hanging off the back, and then lower yourself down, before pushing up off both legs, and repeating 15 times. This has been very effective in strengthening the calves, which does help. However, this is one part of the equation and you should cover all these bases.

Good luck

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