Patient Comments: Shin Splints - Causes

What was the cause of your shin splints?

Comment from: Enquirer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I got shin splints when I was doing a long distance walk. I didn't know at that stage that I needed tailor-made orthopedic insoles so was just wearing generic insoles. I also wasn't used to carrying a heavy rucksack. I couldn't stop the walk so wore a stretch bandage like a sock on my shin while walking which helped and walked less miles each day than planned. Even now 13 years later if I try to walk too fast sometimes I can feel the ache beginning again.

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Comment from: luka, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 12

I had my ganglion cyst on my finger when I was 20. I cut it off and it disappeared. I did not have it until when I was 58 it appeared behind the wrist. It was surgically removed but re-emerged at 59 and I am now nursing the wound.

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Comment from: SJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have been suffering on and off with shin splints in both legs for years. Pretty much anytime I try to jog or fast walk. I am trying so hard to be able to enjoy the outside and go for a jog like everyone else can. I'm not even trying to run marathons or anything. I'd be happy if I could reach 2 or 3 miles even! I have custom orthotics in my shoes from a foot doctor and USD 140 running shoes. I tried the calf sleeve and was in so much more pain I had to roll them down immediately. It is horrible. I have a standup desk now and I have been doing calf raises and foot flexing hoping this helps! I don't know what else to do. I really haven't tried icing though that I'll admit!

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Comment from: Alexander, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 19

I broke my foot 2 months ago while playing soccer, and I spent 5 weeks in splint. I have recently begun to run, practice boxing and play soccer again, and I notice that I can only make about half of the distance I could on my runs before the splints start hurting too much to continue. My Splints are probably occurring because I have not been able to use the ankle and foot during the recovery period, hence the muscles and ligaments are weaker and more prone to stress while running.

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Comment from: Dano, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I have been running for about 8 years. Typically I will run a couple of miles as a warm up for my weight training at least 4 days during the week. On weekends I typically will kick that up to 4 to 6 miles per day so I'm probably running a total of 16 to 20 miles per week on average. Well, about 3 weeks ago I kicked it up another notch and ran 7 miles on Sat, then 8 miles on Sunday. Bad mistake, I got shin splints on my left side. Now nothing seems to help get rid of them. I even took 4 days off from running and it didn't help a bit. I can struggle through the first half mile or so then they seem to feel okay until the next day. But that first half mile is severe pain. One of my co-workers told me to get new shoes which I plan on trying this weekend. But, it really sucks having these. It's hard enough to talk yourself into working out 6 days a week, this just makes it harder.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I got up with a very stiff neck and a week is gone and the pain is very bad. I just do not know the reason for my torticollis. Hope somebody can tell me what can be done.

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Comment from: Sara, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I recently developed shin splints, mostly in my left leg. My guess as to the cause is that I just started soccer camp. I'm really out of shape, and we've been doing very intense workouts. It's progressed to the point where walking up stairs is virtually impossible because of the pain. However, my mom won't let me stop playing because she insists it will go away by itself. I'm hoping the pain will go away soon, but it seems to be increasing.

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