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Shin Splints

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by M249SAW, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. M249SAW

    M249SAW Rescue Jockey

    Jul 24, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Hey all,

    I am posting here to see what I can do to start getting back in shape.

    I first started getting bad shin splints when I was getting in shape to go the Navy Basic Training in Great Mistakes, Ill.

    Well Im out now and have been for a few years and I find myself in not the best shape. 6'1" 243lbs.

    I would like to start running again but every time I try my shin splints act up again. I stretch and warm up but it doesnt seem to help.

    Should I go to a New Balance store to have them set me up with the correct shoe? My feet pronate and used to be pidgeon toed but I wore orthodics as a kid.

    Sorry for the ramble but I just wanted to get all the info out there.

  2. USMC76


    Aug 26, 2004
    Alexandria, VA
    One solution for shin splints that I have found successful is to do a simple exercise.

    1. Sit on a table or someplace high enough that your feet dangle.
    2. Place a weight (maybe five pounds to start) over the toe area of your foot.
    3. Flex your foot to lift the weight and hold for a count of ten or so.
    4. Repeat ten times for each foot.

    IIRC, this strengthens the muscle that opposes the problem that causes shin splints.

    Stretching is also highly recommended.

    You might want to check and search for shin splints--there is a good article there.

    Good Luck

  3. M249SAW

    M249SAW Rescue Jockey

    Jul 24, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    Good article and tips with the weights.

  4. runnergirl


    Dec 5, 2004
    Find a independant running store with a variety of brands, and go on a week day when they aren't too busy. New Balence stores are hit or miss in my experience, sometimes their employees are clueless about running.

    Explain your problems to the running store guy, he/she will prolly watch you run, look at the wear pattern on your shoe, etc and reccommend a few different possible shoes.

    The heavier you are, the more frequently you need new shoes. One of my friends husbands is fairly big, and during marathon training he goes through a pair every three weeks.

    Custom orthodics run almost $200 a pair, and aren't always covered by insurance, but they are worth it IMO. I have a limb length difference and overpronate, without mine, I couldn't run 20 miles a week, much less 50.

    I second the advice to check out the runners world website, the forums over there are also really helpful. Good Luck!
  5. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    Me thinks you need to see a Podiatrist

    I have flat feet.
    I have orthotics.
    I have new ballance shoes.
  6. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Lewisville, TX USA
    The last time I tried running to get into shape, about 18 years ago, I got shin splints bad when I was half a mile away from the gym.

    I'll put off running again until I lose the excess weight by other means. It's weight I want to lose, not knees.