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#11 Mel

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    Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:37 PM

    I know for me the stretches didn't work right away and you will still have pain until those muscle strength up. I always had to tape my shins before I went out and did anything. You may have to do that for a while. Sucks to take the tape off, but its better than having awful pains and you should be able to do whatever your doing longer.

    #12 ACDCDCAC

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    Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:58 PM

    Ice and advil, my two heros! I play soccer and get shin splints when we have a long break and then come back again. I try to use ice packs (the kind like in a first-aid kit, where you squeeze the bag and shake it, and something chemical happens to make it icy-cold) and strap them to my legs for about 30 minutes before and after the games. And advil before, then the next morning.

    Also, since you get them when walking, try to walk on softer surfaces like a track or grass, instead of on sidewalks. And stretch BEFORE walking, and after too :)

    #13 alex

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      Posted 04 April 2008 - 01:04 AM

      When I would get shin splints while playing soccer (& had to keep going) I would wrap medical tape around my leg in 2 or 3 places for the rest of the game. My old coach showed me this & to be honest I have no idea why, but I always found it made the pain a bit more bearable.

      #14 LadyCheese

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        Posted 04 April 2008 - 09:22 PM

        I will def. try all the suggestions, I'll do anything to get some relief. Now that I'm getting back into exercising, I have to deal with this. I wonder why taping your leg helped? Its weird bc when I was having a lot of arch & heel pain on my feet, the podiatrist taped up my feet really tight and they felt better.

        #15 *JillD*

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          Posted 04 April 2008 - 09:28 PM

          I hate shin splints!! I used to play field hockey and every year at the beginning of the season I would get them, I don't miss that pain!'

          For some reason, I could totally be making this up, so someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think when you get shin splints something about the muscle pulling away from the bone maybe, so maybe by taping your legs, its pulling everything together and keeping it tight.

          That whole statement may be SO wrong, but its in my head as if someone told me that at one time, so we'll see if anyone else can verify, lol!

          #16 Ana


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          Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:57 PM

          just be really careful with shin splints because they can lead to stress fractures if you really push it. Try taking some time off of running/walking, strengthen your muscles like everyone is suggesting, and go to a proper running store and get your feet sized for the proper shoes.

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