I was told that I now suffer from shin splints and was told that it may have been due to my constant need to run as well as jump off buildings as high as 25ft etc. I now see this as a great limitation to my physicality and was wondering if you could explain the causes as well as ways to soothe and maybe even cure the injury...
I've read that shin splints may be caused by a lack of flexiblity in the achilles and calf muscles or possibly a lack of strength in strength of the anterior or front muscles of the lower leg. One exercise that I've found effective for myself...is toe taps. Basically the opposite of a calf raise. Hope I haven't....stepped on any toes...or overstepped my bounds...by replying.
Don't worry, no toes stepped on Shin splints refers to pain on the anterior(front) portion of the lower leg, usually on the lateral side (out side), so you can see that shin splints can cover a wide range of injuries around that area thus making it hard to treat specifically. It is best to see a physio or a doctor to rule out stress fractures first.
If the shin splints have gradually come on or no particular event caused the initial pain the problem could be:-
Compartment syndrome Caused primarily by over use, although it can be caused by an impact. This is basically the muscle compartment filling up with blood, like an over inflated car tyre rubbing on the wheel arches. If you do a lot of climbing, sometimes your fore-arms get 'Pumped up' and your hands don’t function properly, it's a similar thing.
Treatment is ice for 10-12 mins on the area, every 2 hours, as often as possible. Active rest is required while any pain is felt, this is swimming, cycling (with heal on peddle, not toe) and only return to normal training when no symptoms are present. If symptoms do re-occur, stop, ice and active rest.
Tibialis Anterior Syndrome Again, caused by overuse This is the inflammation of the tendon sheath of the Tibialis Anterior muscle (that runs down the outside of your shin). There’s a lubricated coating round the tendon and if either the tendon or coating rub, they can inflame causing further friction, causing further inflammation, causing more friction, causing more inflammation.....
To cure this, we need to break the cycle by icing the area causing the inflammation to go down, and by active rest to stop any friction. Follow the icing and rest as above.
Stress fracture Overuse injury. After repeated impact, small fractures appear in the Tibia. Pain is usually felt on the inside bony surface of the shin.
Again, treatment is rest and ice with emphasis in the rest because if the stress fractures stretch across the whole bone, it can fracture completely. (the ice is only for pain relief if this case, not injury repair)
Heh, thanks doc. Reading that it seems that Compartment syndrome is probably what I'm suffering from. I'm gonna see a physio soon though just to rule out the chance of Stress Fractures. Thanks for the help...
I'm glad there are others who have found they have developed the saem symptoms of this, I think though that my pain resides in the inside of the leg. Behind the tibia, and pain is numb when resting but throbs from use.
In your descriptions you mention more of the outsid of the leg and I wonder if this is can also occur in the area I am mentioning.