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Hi there,

Up until about a year ago i was a fairly regular runner, averaging about 20-25km a week. I developed some nasty shin splints and had to take time out to recover. I was off my feet about 6 months in total. I thought all was well so I slowly started running again, and now they have come back worse than ever. Now, I'm in the Air Force, so I can't go to any of the docs or physios here as I'll be medically downgraded for them. I have a fitness test at the end of this month... I have to run 2.4km in 13 mins. I know this isn't fast, but after no training at all for 6 months I've lost just about all my fitness, and I can't run for more than a few minutes at a time for the pain.

Does anyone have any tricks or secrets you can lend me? At the moment I'm spending a LOT of time either swimming or on the cross trainer, but I don't think it's good enough to get me ready for the test. I ice my shins for about half an hour twice a day which helps a bit, but not enough. Does anybody take anything for shin pain - painkillers? Anti-inflammatories?

I'm not so much concerned about long term recovery at the moment, that can happen once I've passed this damned test! I just need to get my fitness up quickly, and something short term to get me through this run.

Any feedback/advice would be very much appreciated :)

Ash
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Hi there

I am from Premierphysio in Runcorn, cheshire. You should really see a specialist about your problem. I know that if you go to your docs you will get downgraded as shin splints is the most common reason for discharge in military recruits in the US, however if you dont want to end up crippled and downgraded anyway your better off seeinga specialist outside of the forces. We have a specialist podiatrist in Muscuoskeletal injuries here at the practice. If you live near us we would be more than happy to offer you a free consultation with him. He already treats quite a few forces personel. There is no catch if you would like to take my offer just pop an e-mail to : [email protected].

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Nice Offer PP..........
 

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I bought one of those cheesy e-books online for about 10 notes.
I followed the stretching, and within a few days my shin splints had calmed down.
I'll have to find where it is now.
 

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I've been getting shin-splints since about March this year. Over the months I have tried all sorts of things from a combination of strengthen the muscles on the front of my legs, stetching my calf muscles and icing the area.

They are more or less under control but do tend to come back when I increase my mileage although I've managed to go from about 4 miles week to 25 within that time so I'm doing something right. I think the best thing thats worked is the daily stretching and icing the area involved (oh and getting a decent pair of running shoes)
 
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