I had bad shin splints in the past. The main reason was my weight (230/240) but also technique was an issue. I tried icing etc.. but the only thing that helped was dropping the weight and making my running lighter (shorter stride, more mid/forefoot etc..).
I have never had shin splints, but from what I have read, I have prevented them by *not* pulling my toes towards my knee (flexing the tibialis anterior muscles), and *not* having my feet slap the ground (also forcing the tibialis anterior muscles on the front of the lower leg to flex) when I run.
But then again, I do not run that much (perhaps 40miles a week MAX, but averaging 15miles a week), so my experiments are easy to come by with that small of a load.
ive read that a lot of barefoot exercises help. such as scrunching up a towel with your toes or trying to pickup marbles with your toes. should feel a little burn in your shins. i read that brendan brazier had shin splint issues, and he did the towel technique and it went away
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I had really bad ones 6 years ago, I couldn't really even walk up the stairs. I went to a sport massagist which helped greatly but when I started running again I got them back. Because of this I stopped running for 5 and half years. Now I started again and haven't gotten them back. Reason are (I believe): - Better running shoes - Better running position - Extremely careful start - Extremely careful increase of distance
I am not saying that everybody who have shin splits should stop running for 5 and half years. I am just not very patient person so I gave up. If you got them just keep a good break from running, treat your legs, stretch, go swimming and cycling instead and when start again start very carefully walking and running.
Get arch support I had them pretty bad when I was a young slender runner (so weight wasn't the issue). It turned out that I didn't have enough arch support in my feet so when I'd land, the arch would flatten downwards and, all things being connected, would pull on the inside/front of my ankle and lower shin muscles and tendons. Getting a good and proper arch support instantly relieved the pain and I've been fine ever since.
Got really bad shin splints because playing basketball (with shitty shoes) like three months ago and it seems they are here to stay. It only hurts when I run so I don't even try. Aside from these advices, would be a physio particulary useful with this kind of pain? Any experience with this?