Patient Comments: Shin Splints - Causes

What was the cause of your shin splints?

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: 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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Comment from: fezza07, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 25

I ran a lot on concrete at school, which was fine. We used to play touch, and even Rugby League on concrete. At school, I was very athletic and never ever had shin splints. I left school about 3 years ago, and since I have done nothing but eat lots of food and drink a lot of beer. I do a lot of resistance training and am benching 130 kgs at the moment so I'm not an entire slouch lol. I have picked Rugby up again this year after many years of not running. I have since gained about 20 kilos since school, and getting used to running again is what my shin splints is about, as well as getting used to running with this upper body frame I've built. Anyone else had this experience? I'm icing regularly and they feel better by the day. Just don't get frustrated and try to run it out after a couple of days, you need weeks of rest. I've had Shin Splints for about a month now because of trying to run the problem out at training. Believe you me, it doesn't work. Ice up, rest up, stretch, and you'll be as good as gold.

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Comment from: eve, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I have had shin splints for the past 6 months and I find when the place is cold and damp it bothers me more. It is so painful. I am not into any kind of sports and am really puzzled as to how I developed this. I have tried stretching and ice with anti-inflammatory pills but still have the pain. I don't think it ever really goes away.

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Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I recently started having shin splints about a week ago, after our track coaches started to increase our pratice regimen. At first I assumed it was a pulled muscle, and wow--was I wrong. I then did some research after being diagnosed with the shin splint and found the cause of mine was indeed our track practice. After going from never running long distances we would run FIVE MILES A DAY. I understand that may not be very long, but keep in mind this is our first practice of the JV team.

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