Patient Comments: Shin Splints - Causes

What was the cause of your shin splints?

Comment from: overweight woman, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am overweight and just started a walking program with a friend. The distance we walk and the hard surfaces led to shin splints. They are not severe and I hope to work through them.

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Comment from: Barry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I've had leg cramps for many years, off and on, mostly when I lie down. They are definitely associated with being on my feet for more than two hours a day. I used to work for UPS and bowl five nights a week, and before that was a runner. I am wondering if the cause of my cramps might be shin splints.

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Comment from: patience, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I have been running up and down hills (6 -8 miles) and I think the running downhill has caused it. Having a heel piece in my right shoe didn't help any, because it keeps the foot from bending the way it should. I was wearing the heel piece to help keep my back in place, not knowing that my back was already in place and that I didn't need it at that time. My back tends to go in and out. Can't wait till this goes away!

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Comment from: Kasey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I had stress fractures in the Air Force and I have only been able to make them better since I've been out. ICE THEM! Baby them, or they will not heal.

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Comment from: Troy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I jog on hard surfaces which are really uneven at times. Four weeks later I started aerobics and I lost weight rapidly. Then three or four weeks later, a dull pulsing racing pain below my left knee and just to the center of my shin, woke me from a deep sleep. I use a biofreeze pain relieving gel that gave grateful relief, but later in the day the pain returned and kept getting more painful. Today is the third day since I started feeling the pain. Walking on my toes helps a whole lot.

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Comment from: Cody, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: January 27

Broke/sprained badly my ankle in football season, then once my bone healed I got tendinitis in my ankle, then track started up and I got shin splints during track season from over running. A pretty awful year for me. It took about 6-7 months to be 100% again.

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Comment from: Remi , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I got shin splints above my ankle on my left foot, after running 1070 kms from Melbourne to Adelaide; tomorrow I will do an injection of the tibias tendon with a local anesthetic and steroid. I hope it will work, I need to go back on my run as soon as possible, I have still 4200 kms to run. Hopefully it's just a shin splints and not a stress fracture.

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Comment from: RO, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 18

Cycling 50-100 miles on weekends has contributed to my shin splints. I thought runners got shin splints, not cyclist. Ibuprofen, rest and ice with a an injection of cortisone in each ankle and no relief yet. 8 weeks out. Help!!!!

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

First off I had a total left knee replacement 4 years ago. Now for 2 years I have plantar fasciitis in both feet. Spent money on rubber inserts from a doctor now for 2 months I am having shin splints in left leg more than the right. A month ago a doctor gave me an injection of cortisone in my feet and it did nothing. Charged me a thousand dollars for the 2 injections and the doctor never told me the price, I would not have had that done. So now I am back to wearing my shapeup tennis shoes, at first I thought it was them causing the shin trouble. I just don't know what to do anymore. The doctor also told me I have no padding left on the ball of my feet.

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