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Have You Ever Had Shin Splints?

Shin splints are an awful, jabbing, throbbing pain in your lower legs that's often caused by running, but people who hike, play basketball, or do other vigorous activities that involve your legs can also suffer from this piercing ailment. After making New Year's Resolutions to start exercising, many newbies experience shin splints, but changing up your routine, like switching to running on a treadmill after running outside, can bring them on too. Since it's a common issue, tell me . . .


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glowingoasis glowingoasis 7 years
Ballet class. If you don't plie during jumps or are jumping on a bad surface (aka concrete), shinsplints will occur!!
leoladie23 leoladie23 8 years
miss meow- do you have a link to those stretches? thanks
leoladie23 leoladie23 8 years
i am just recovering from one...i worked out today and i was fine so i think its gone. i love jogging outside on the asphalt road, and i jog pretty slowly so idk how i even got it. anyone have any tips on how i can prevent them?
almostloli almostloli 8 years
yeah, how exactly you can avoid them? i've never had one, seems like my legs are quite tough :D and i jog, quite intensely
MissMeow MissMeow 8 years
I have them right now. I just started an intense workout program with my mom, and we're training for a half-marathon. My shins have been killing me, so I'm walking instead of running, and I actually just looked up a bunch of stretches to help my shins heal.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
omg - i've had them and they SUCK! when i used to play field hockey, i think that all of us at one point or another had them and we would be in such pain. now i really try to stretch and do everything to avoid getting them since it's really prohibitive of working out when you're suffering .
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
oh man. I got them back when I was running. So after my 5K I took a month off to let my legs heal. Then when I went back I had other problems, like achillies tendinitis, and plenty of other pains. So now I can't run. or do anything. walking even hurts sometimes. But I love how my dr takes his sweet time refering me to anyone.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
In the past, yes. When I was in high school, I was on the cross country team. Usually by the end of the season, I suffered from some degree of shin splints.
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 8 years
So, how exactly can you keep from getting them?
dayzfan4life01 dayzfan4life01 8 years
urgh, shin splints = SO painful
Flack Flack 8 years
Oh, definitely, and they hurt like hell. I'm an Irish Dancers, and I danced once, unwisely, on concrete. I had shin splints haunt me for over a year after that, necessitating that I tape them before every workout. I'm so over careful, now!
Advah Advah 8 years
Yep, and it's so incredibly painful. I sometimes even get them from walking.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Oddly, I've never had them, even when I was running 10+ miles a day. I tend to get tendonitis and ITB syndrome, but no shin splints.
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
I used to get bad shin splints running track in high school - so bad that I could barely walk. My track coach made me walk laps around the track on my heels with my toes pointed straight up... it seemed to help, because they finally went away!
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 8 years
Ugh - I had them early on in my training for my half marathon. Really frustrating! In an odd turn of fate, though, I dislocated my kneecap and had to spend 2 weeks on crutches which actually gave my shin splints some time to heal. I also ended up with stress fractures in my forearms (basically the same thing as shin splints) from teaching my pole dancing fitness class and going from teaching 1 class a week to 4 classes!
littlered littlered 8 years
i would suggest getting insoles. they cured mine completely
cfp cfp 8 years
I get them all the time. I'm flat footed and I love running, which is not the best combination. I finally invested in a good pair of sneakers, which helps, but doesn't cure them.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
They're so awful! I used to get them all the time, and luckily that's stopped, but I got them a couple of weeks ago chasing after a friend's dog in ballet flats. Painful!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I've heard they can be VERY painful, but luckily I've never had them.
teegaall teegaall 8 years
I never get shin splints but I do get side stitches when I run on the treadmill sometimes.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No thank God.
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
Shin splints are the WORST! Treadmills these days are much better then the older generations. I don't get them now from treadmills but when I started running on them... YIKES! I hated walking to class.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I always stretch after running so I guess that lessens my chance of injury. I've never suffered from shin splints and I've been running for almost 5 years.
BJC BJC 8 years
i ran on uneven pavement (w/o stretching after) and i got the worst shin splints ever!! now i wont run on pavement or a treadmill because its too rough on my legs...i run on the elliptical and i walk at a high incline on the treadmill and i still get a great workout thats not hard on my shins
glitter-junkie glitter-junkie 8 years
Tap dancing :-( left big dents in my shinbones! However some supportive trainers and muscle-strengthening hockey and I'm fine, even running on pavements these days :-)
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