I had them pretty hard core a few years ago. What helped me the most was ibuprofen (400mg’s 4x a day with food). A common misconception is that you only take ibuprofen when the pain comes on. It’s NOT a pain reliever, it’s an anti-inflamitory medication. So it needs to be taken consistently with food in order to maintain the proper efficacy for your problem.
Lately I’ve been taking the ibuprofen only before workouts because that is the only time I truly need relief from the pain. And although it isn’t technically a pain-reliever, the pain goes away when I take it. By only taking it intermittently I’m trying to avoid the supposed side-effects of chronic ibuprofen use of dependence (headaches upon cessation) and down-regulation. And I know that taking it during workouts is probably the worst time to take it because that way I can’t really feel if something I’m doing is aggrivating the problem. However, until I can get a true fix, the temporary (ibuprofen) will have to do.
[quote] BradTGIF wrote:
don’t just purchase new shoes. Go to a running shoe store like “Road Runner” and have the employees put you in the RIGHT shoe. They look at your body size and running gate then find the best shoe for you. For me, since I’m a bigger dude, I need a shoe like the Brooks Beast. Once I got in the RIGHT shoe, my splints were much more managable. [/quote]
I did do this. In the past I’ve always been a cheap bastard when it comes to shoes and I’ll just pretty much go to a store and buy whatever name-brand sneakers are on sale and as long as they fit me. This time I went to a running store and had them look at my gait, etc, tried on a few pairs. However, the new shoes didn’t do anything as far as making the pain more manageable.
[quote] Trogdor wrote:
I have no clue how much merit this has, but I came across an interesting article on this topic a few days ago. It made the assertion that the “cause” of most shin splints is due to improper heel-strike/load bearing brought about by poor gait, and that all this could be corrected by training barefoot.
This makes the most sense to me. However, as another poster mentioned, doing this sort of training after something like shin splints has become an issue will make it worse. But if I were able to start from scratch and gradually build up everything over a few weeks, this would be the most fundamentally sound way to go. However, hindsight is 20/20.
Thanks for everybody else’s input - everything was helpful even if I didn’t respond to it directly.
A little update about whats going on now. I bought a pair of semi-custom orthotics. The store I got them from had a force-plate device that measured the compressive forces at every point on the bottom of your foot. The whole orthotic thing makes sense to me as well for somebody in my situation with pre-existing conditions simply because of how it realigns the arch of your foot and thus changes the way force travels up your leg. Again, as I mentioned, starting from ground zero I’d probably try the barefoot running thing, but in my situation its more like putting a cast on a broken arm so it can heal.