SHIN SPLINTS and running shoes

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    Sep 18, 2010 7:46 AM GMT
    To the runners out there:

    Do you guys get shin splints. I do, and they're damn annoying. Sometimes have to take a couple of days off from running because of leg pains.

    Are there any running shoes that help with this?

    I've been using the Nike LunarGlides and I love them, but I wonder if there is a better shoe for running?
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    Sep 18, 2010 8:58 AM GMT
    I do not get shin splints, but I'm aware that they are caused by poor form.

    I'm not a big fan on any Nike running shoe. Possibly check out a good running store where someone can actually observe your running (gait, form, etc.).

    I'm currently running in the Mizuno Wave Creation 11. The sidewalks here are not very well kept, and they provide me with perfect stability in those bumpy situations.

    Good Luck
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    Go to a podiatrist they will be able to tell you what you need in a shoe rather then you going to find the most comfortable.

    As unfortunate as it is the ones that feel most comfortable aren't usually the best for you when you hsve foot/leg problems because they are just keeping your body in a form that it is most used too.

    A proper pair of shoes that work properly for your body will probably feel a little odd when you first put them on and start running but you'll find over the course of a few weeks things will change and you'll find them far more comfortable and far less problems.

    Take a look at Brooks too btw those shoes for me ar just awesome but then I have feel that roll around oddly due to muscular imbalance that starts at the hip and flows down.
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    Try putting heel pads in your sneakers. Make sure that they are tight fitting so they will not move around much. This will decrease the angle at which you have to flex your foot and putting less strain on the muscle (tibialis anterior) that causes your foot to flex towards your body (dorsi flexion) while you are running. Too much stress on the muscle will cause shin splints.

    You should also try doing some dorsi flexion exercises to strengthen the muscle. Hold a light weight plate on your toes, with shoes on of course, while sitting and raise your toes toward your body. Do about 3 sets of 15-20 reps 2-3x a week.

    If your shin splints continue it could mean you have a small tears in the muscle or worse, small hair-line fractures. At that point you should consult a doctor.

    Hope this helps.
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:30 PM GMT
    Your "shin splints" might be tenoperiostitis, compartment syndrome or a stress fracture. If your condition is tenoperiostitis, I'd suggest seeing a podiatrist to get some orthotics - they should help a lot. In the mean time, try to run on softer surfaces like grass and make sure you ice your shins after running to reduce the inflammation.
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    Sep 18, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    I typically have gotten shin splints for a couple of reasons. Either my running shoes are at the end of their life or if I run on concrete for an extended period of time. If they don't go away, see the DR.icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 19, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    i had them only once in my life.
    i never stopped running but beforehand would massage the front of my legs vigorously ,up and down . also keeping only the tip of my shoe on the ground, i rotate the ankle several times then reverse direction.

    to this day when i run if i feel any kind of discomfort somewhere in my legs: shin, calf, hamstrings, knees whatever, i change the way i run to relieve stress to that area.

    are your shoes new?

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    Sep 20, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    been using Asic,s Kayano for last 22 years, find them the best, never had shin splints yet .
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    Sep 20, 2010 7:42 AM GMT
    It's possible it can come from your running shoe. They have guides are some good sports/runners stores where they show what type of shoe you need for your foot by look at the wear on your current running shoe.

    I made the mistake of going out and buying a shoe for high foot arch when I needed a shoe for stability. My shins ached for weeks until I went and purchased another shoe.

    Ascis were recommended to me but I'll wait before I drop the money on that footgear. Hope it's worth it though.
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    Sep 20, 2010 7:50 AM GMT
    i always wait until the new model comes out, they then discount the last model by up to $60-70 icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 20, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    I used to get shin splints every year, around the beginning of Chicago Running Season.

    Once I had them, I found that if I put a bunch of marbles on the floor and used my toes to pick them up and put them in a bowl, that helped a lot.

    For prevention, the only thing I found that worked was to wear Spira shoes (they're running shoes with springs in the sole). But I think any really good cushioning shoe should help.
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    Sep 20, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    I don't know about splints, but I barefoot run on hiking trails. I broke my big toe about 2 months ago in six places, got put into a cast, and the next week went running the hiking trails with the cast on. I'm still in the cast but once it comes off I'll be back to barefoot running. Its a big change from wearing shoes. But, it is a trend that seems to be catching on in some places. IF you haven't tried it yet, Try it, you might like it!
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    Sep 20, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Nike's are nice shoes, but are usually not made for running. I would recommend mizunos, from my own experience. You also have to make sure you aren't putting too many "miles" on a shoe, they can quickly wear down depending on your running habits and how/where you run. Go to a Runner's World store and have them diagnose your run and what type of shoe you should have.

    Other than that, drink lots of water to make sure you are hydrated, stretch, and run more on grass or softer terrains. G'luck!
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    Oct 05, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    Seated calf raises build up the muscles in the shins. Most think it's for the claves (which is the secondary muscle) but the major muscle worked is the shins.
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    Oct 05, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    Hmmm, I'd need to ask a few questions.

    1. Are you warming up properly before taking off for your run? Note I said warming up, not stretching.

    2. Are you stretching properly post-run?

    3. What's your foot/gait type? If you're wearing Nike Lunar Glides, as I do these days, you should be a neutral runner with a narrow foot. I used to wear Mizunos, Saucony, and New Balance lightweight shoes...until my podiatrist and physical therapist said my oddly narrow feet would do better in Nike...even though I've almost always found Nike running shoes to be unsatisfactory. I experimented with a couple of Nike types and found the Lunar line to be most satisfactory. However, they may not be the shoes for you and shoes CAN impact the severity of shin splints, as they affect your gait, foot fall and muscle use.

    4. Do you get enough potassium in your diet?