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#11 Hartyt509

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    Posted 09 June 2008 - 06:30 PM

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    Originally Posted by STACEY
    Im guessing a "physio" is a massage. hahah you make me crack uP!!
    lol

    No its a physiotherapist lmao but she did do a massage

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ellipse22
    Thanks ladies! I did physiotherapy a year ago for bad knees...I'm guessing they are still bad.

    I have an appointment next Wed. and I think I am going to deman a xray since she didn't do one last year. Just to be safe!

    It's my ankles too which is part of the problem. I'll figure it out! Thanks for listening to me!
    I would but it probably is muscle strain, at the least i would go and get a deep massage on your legs and ankles it'll help the tension you build up when you know something is going ot hurt

    #12 SusanK

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      Posted 09 June 2008 - 06:36 PM

      As a high school girls' track coach... I see a lot of shin splits. I'd say it's our #1 problem. It tends to be a much bigger problem for women than men. It happens a lot at the beginning of the season when girls that have been pretty sedentary for awhile, all of a sudden increase their exercise levels dramatically. Running and jump roping are particularly hard on the shins, knees, and ankles because of the high-impact, jarring nature of these activities. Usually as fitness increases, the problem goes away. However, in the mean time you need to lighten your load. Try switching to a biking, swimming, or the eliptical machine to maintain your fitness while providing relief to your shins. Also, you should ice your shins (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) after exercising. Ibeprofen also helps with the swelling and should give you some pain relief.
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      #13 Ellipse22

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        Posted 09 June 2008 - 06:46 PM

        Thanks everyone!!!

        The weird thing is that it doesn't hurt when I jump rope..which is why I'm thinking maybe it's not shin splints..but if I do a lunge or try to take off my shoe with my other foot it kills!

        I will be sure to look into the massage, xrays and I'll take some advil & ice my legs for starters. Maybe I can convince Jeff to help out!

        #14 Kelly C

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          Posted 09 June 2008 - 06:48 PM

          I had the same problem a couple of months ago. I was doing a boot camp and doing alot of running. I went to the feet fleet store and got some good running shoes. It did help some but the doctor said that its the pounding on the ground that keeps hurting it. She told me to ride the bike or the elipical. And to ice down my chins. you should have an x ray to make sure there are no fractures.
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          #15 MrsFisher2B

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            Posted 10 June 2008 - 11:16 AM

            I too had shin splints last year. I went for sports massages (she massaged my IT band and shins because thats where I had issues). She basically told me I had to stop running to let my shins heal, or I will get stress fractures. Sure enough, I quit running and let them heal. I bought a treadmill 6 months after, and started all over. Haven't had a problem though. If you go get a massage, ask if he/she can put the 'freezing' gel on first (otherwise it will kill!). It's a topical gel that kind of numbs the area so it's not as painful. Good luck!

            #16 Amarillis

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              Posted 10 June 2008 - 11:20 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by STACEY
              I have a great excersise that will help you out with shin splints. If you sit at a desk for work you can do it then, or at home...whatever. But while sitting stretch you leg out semi straight, and with your foot draw the alphabet. this will help stretch out the muscle and in time your shin splints will go away. Hope it helps.
              To further this, my suggestion is wearing a pair of ankle weights while you do it, this will also help to strengthen your knees.

              good luck! and congrats for getting on the right track!

              #17 akbeach

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                Posted 10 June 2008 - 11:49 AM

                Ice and ibuprofen will help out. Fill up a paper cup with water and freeze it. Tear off the outer edge and use the cup to ice along your leg (ice massage). Also, get your feet checked out and get an xray to rule out stress fractures. Stress fractures in the tibia (shin bone) are common with increasing your activity quickly. You might need orthotics (custom arch supports) or try over the counter insoles such as Superfeet (found at REI and other sporting goods stores). Shin splints can be from overuse or overpowering of the muscles groups in your leg.

                Make sure you balance your exercises with calf exercises and exercises for the front of your legs. A good exercise to prevent shin splints is to lay in bed on your stomach and hang your feet just of the end of the bed. Pull your toes up(toward your head) against the mattress. This will strengthen your anterior muscles (shin) but only do this one the shin splints feel better or it will aggravate it more). Good luck and keep exercising! Try swimming or biking or elliptical to keep the inches off.
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                #18 Ellipse22

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                  Posted 10 June 2008 - 12:02 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Amarillis
                  To further this, my suggestion is wearing a pair of ankle weights while you do it, this will also help to strengthen your knees.

                  good luck! and congrats for getting on the right track!
                  I tried last night and it seemed to help a bit..at least I was able to sleep some. I also did some cold packs to see if that would help. I'm personally not a pill person so I havn't tried advil yet.

                  I have an appointment next wednesday. I'll continue icing etc. and I think I'm going to try to do a few exercises to see what happens. No jump rope though

                  #19 Ellipse22

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                    Posted 10 June 2008 - 12:03 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by akbeach
                    Ice and ibuprofen will help out. Fill up a paper cup with water and freeze it. Tear off the outer edge and use the cup to ice along your leg (ice massage). Also, get your feet checked out and get an xray to rule out stress fractures. Stress fractures in the tibia (shin bone) are common with increasing your activity quickly. You might need orthotics (custom arch supports) or try over the counter insoles such as Superfeet (found at REI and other sporting goods stores). Shin splints can be from overuse or overpowering of the muscles groups in your leg.

                    Make sure you balance your exercises with calf exercises and exercises for the front of your legs. A good exercise to prevent shin splints is to lay in bed on your stomach and hang your feet just of the end of the bed. Pull your toes up(toward your head) against the mattress. This will strengthen your anterior muscles (shin) but only do this one the shin splints feel better or it will aggravate it more). Good luck and keep exercising! Try swimming or biking or elliptical to keep the inches off.
                    Hiya!!

                    I have orthotics and they don't see to do much for me. I will keep the shin exercise in mind. I am going to look into swimming as well - I have a rec center right across the street from me!

                    #20 Ellipse22

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                      Posted 02 July 2008 - 09:11 PM

                      Thanks everyone...I posted an update!




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