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Question: Shinsplints

 mollie - Thu May 19, 2005 9:07 pm

I have really bad shinsplints. I am in track and run quite a bit. They hurt when I run, sometimes when I walk, and when I get up in the morning. I also have a buirse on my shin from the pain. This is the second time I have gotten bruises in the same spot. Also just this week my knee and ankle on the same leg started to bother me. Are they related. I have had the shinsplints since March, and I have been icing then 1-3 times a day. Is there anything I can do?
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri May 20, 2005 6:19 am

Hi Mollie,
First of all, you may need to cut down on your running for a while to allow time for proper healing.
You can do the following if you haven't already done them:
You can try and strengthen the posterior muscles of your legs (calf muscles and hamstrings) by gentle stretching exercise.
Shoes with shock absorption should be used.
Downhill running can aggravate this problem and should be avoided as well as running on conrete and hard ground.
Finally, some anti-inflammatory drugs can be very useful, but you shouldn't abuse them. Over-the-counter drugs, such as Tylenol, Panadol, Motrin or Ibuprofen can be used 2-3 times a day.

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