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Old 10-26-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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Question Shin Splints

Hey, can anyone help me out? I've been walking for almost 2 years now (about 3 miles x 3 times a week) and lately have been having horrible shin splints - what causes them and what can I do to make them go away? Any stretches? Suggestions??? Thanks

 
Old 10-26-2005, 04:33 PM   #2
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Re: Shin Splints

Bad shoes can cause this. Maybe just old shoes. Try a new pair.
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Old 10-26-2005, 05:00 PM   #3
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Re: Shin Splints

Thanks Naxis, never thought about that...they are kind of old,lol

 
Old 10-27-2005, 06:57 AM   #4
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Re: Shin Splints

I had the same problem until I spoke to a freind who told me the same thing as Naxis said... it was the shoes. It took me 3 pairs and alot of money until I wised up and asked the advice of a person that worked in an Athletic Shop to guide me to the right shoe for me..Good luck, Lisa

 
Old 10-28-2005, 11:18 AM   #5
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Re: Shin Splints

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I had the same problem until I spoke to a freind who told me the same thing as Naxis said... it was the shoes. It took me 3 pairs and alot of money until I wised up and asked the advice of a person that worked in an Athletic Shop to guide me to the right shoe for me..Good luck, Lisa


Thanks Lisa

 
Old 10-28-2005, 11:40 AM   #6
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Re: Shin Splints

yeah, go to a running store actually. they look at your feet, the way you walk/run and then find shoes that are good for you. sometimes they're a little pricey, but it's TOTALLY worth it. plus, they usually allow you to try the shoes out and bring them back if they're not right (even though you've worn them outdoors), which i think is a major bonus!! good luck!

ps - when you get the right shoes, it'll feel SOOOO good, you'll never believe you exercised without them and you'll never be able to go back to cheap shoes! it's awesome. i've become such a weinie that i don't even like wearing heels or anything anymore . . . i'm too spoiled by by comfy running shoes!

 
Old 11-06-2005, 10:22 PM   #7
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Re: Shin Splints

What kinds of surfaces are you walking on? Impact from hard surfaces like concrete can cause tiny micro-tears in your shin muscles---shinsplints. Try walking in grass or on asphalt (it's slightly softer than concrete).

As far as I know, there aren't any particular stretches that can help. Let me know if you figure one out, though.

And, as the people who posted before me mentioned, shoes can make a world of difference. Ask someone working at an athletic shoe store to help you find a good pair. Be sure to tell him/her whether your feet have high, normal, or low arches. High arches cause underpronation and low arches cause underpronation, and neither one is good for shinsplints. Fortunately, the right shoe can help correct either condition. Best of luck to ya!

 
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