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Need help from you runners

November 8th, 2005, 03:56 PM
I've had this problem for a while, but now it's really bad. I did my physical test for the police, and the next day I woke up with an intense pain in my legs. It went down the side of my shins into my ankles. At first I thought it was shin splints, but as time went on, and it went away, it started fading at the top of my legs, with my ankles being the last to feel better. Right now, the pain is only in my ankles. I tried doing the eliptical thingy at the gym, but even that hurt, again, in my ankles. Also, after telling Daisy she is a dummy because she was limping, but insisted on playing fetch, I threw the ball and hurt my ankle worse. Any ideas? This is driving me nuts, because I need to be able to jog if I get on the force.

November 8th, 2005, 04:19 PM
Schwinn, eat a banana once a day... it helps with the cramping as it's loaded with potassium. :thumbs up

November 8th, 2005, 06:14 PM
Also, you might look into seeing an athletic therapist. They're great for this sort of thing. Make sure if you go that the person is CATA certified.:)

November 8th, 2005, 07:52 PM
It sounds like some strained shin muscles. You usually get them after changing a common routine, or exercise (ie. you run 10 km every day in Toronto, and then fly to the rockies and run a mountain -- a change in terrain, or you start doing sprints -- a change in intensity). Ideally, I would see a physio or a sport therapist, they'll do some massage, icing, electrode stimulation, and maybe some taping. You can ease the pain with a simple NSID, some ice, elevation, and if needed, a tight basket-weave to keep it stable. I get them almost weekly, they just come and go, but I'm one of those "What do you mean I'm hurt and can't do it? To hell with that! Give me my runners!" kind of people, so I give it some ice when I'm watching tv or studying, take an NSID in the AM, and tape it if it's really bugging me.
Also, I would wear supportive shoes for everything you do for a while.
Hope it feels better

November 8th, 2005, 09:24 PM
Don't overdo it though. The shin muscles (especially the ones that lift your foot) can sometimes grow faster than the fascia can (the sort of lining that holds them together). It's very, very painful and they end up having to cut the fascia to relieve the pressure, which is not only a huge setback in training but painful and very, very gross...

November 9th, 2005, 01:51 AM
Compartment syndrome would be unlikely, but not much fun. Consider stress fractures too. This would be worth a visit to a sports medicine specialist. Think of the visit to the doc as an investment in your career.

What was different about your PT test? I'd guess you probably have been practicing running the required distance, so you probably pushed yourself to run a little harder, and that's what made things worse for you.

Some people are not born runners. My husband is one of those people who is--he could not run for a year, then go run a 10K without breaking a sweat. I am not a born runner, and if I take a break from running, I decondition very quickly and it takes me forever to work back up to any appreciable distance again. I get shin splint-like pain after just a few minutes when I'm out of shape for running (even when I'm not running, I'm on my bike, using the elliptical, walking, playing tennis--so it's not an issue of being out of shape all together, just out of running shape). So that's what I have to do--work until I start to hit that threshhold, then stop, even if it makes me feel lame and out of shape. It's a tediously slow process.

I would suggest resting for at least several days or a week before starting running again. Then start slowly again without pushing it as hard as you did for your PT. I don't know what your police academies are like up there or how long, but if it's anything like what the people I know have gone through, you will need to be very well prepared for the running--and an injury early on would really interfere. I've seen from your other posts that this is something you are serious about, so you may want to consult a personal trainer for some help.

Also consider your running shoes. The wrong shoes can cause all sorts of pain. You can start by looking at how they are worn on the bottoms; if they show more wear on one side of the shoe, then something probably isn't right about the fit or support of that shoe. If you go to a good sporting goods store, they can help you decide on a shoe that's right for you but really I think it's partly a trial and error thing (expensive trial and error, too).

Good luck--keep us posted :highfive:

November 9th, 2005, 02:10 AM
Great advice Shannon.

Some people are not born runners.That's me!!!! I played Rugby for 3 years and by the end of the third year, I still couldn't run a lap. But I can out-weightlift any regular guy, so you have to use what you have...:D

November 9th, 2005, 10:50 AM
I go riding for hours, and I have no problems. One thing I've noticed is that sometimes if I try walking quickly (like when I'm late for the bus, but not so late I need to run), I start feeling pain in my shins. The elipitcal trainer, the treadmill, mountain bike, etc, all seems fine if I start pain free. It seems to be after hard exertion (like the test, or the day I played 5 games of baseball in 9 hours). I thought it was shin splints as well, but the way it dissipates, leaving my ankles last had me wondering.

Thanks for the advice!