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Shin splints anyone?!

I just got over (hopefully) a shin splint in my right shin and have been working out on eliptical (sp?) and bike machines while recovering. I want to start running again... any suggestions on way to keep them from coming back?

Fri. Jun 3, 2:52pm

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need new/better shoes & STRETCH :)

Id's suggest getting quality running shoes at a store where they can watch you run on a treadmill and be sure you are getting a shoe with the proper support.
Stretch before u start running, stop after a while and stretch those calves out again and stretch when you are done.

they're a pain, that's for sure!

Friday, June 03, 2005, 4:10 PM

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My orthopedist says avoid running down hill at all costs. It's helped me, as does avoiding up hills.

Friday, June 03, 2005, 7:16 PM

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You're right about the shoes...

I read your tip and bought a pair larger on clearance (in case it was the wrong thin g)

SOO glad! my workout was so much better today!

-amanda911

Saturday, June 04, 2005, 8:12 PM

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Another tip:

Make sure you also strengthen the muscles in front of your lower leg. Long sit on floor facing a table leg and wrap elastic band on top of your foot and secure it to the table leg or other stable furniture legs of the sort, then bring your foot towards you. Make sure you keep the movement controlled, especially during the return phase (when bringing the foot away from you).

If all else fails, try using some kind of wrap around your lower leg to add a bit of pressure. After your running, if it still hurts, massage the area where it hurts and ice it for a few minutes.

Saturday, June 04, 2005, 11:40 PM

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Icing is a big help!! If it hurts after a workout/run, *definitely* ice it afterwards, adn then again at the end of the day before bed.

I also second the post about stretching and the advice about the shoes. Running shoes are not all alike. If you're doing any serious running, get thee to a specialist store! People have different pronation and support needs. A shoe that provides for your specific needs are an absolute must. Buying shoes on clearance isn't necessarily the way to go unless you're 150% sure of what shoes you're looking for and can tell what each different pair offers.

Monday, June 06, 2005, 8:00 AM

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