My shins have been bothering me a little bit when I touch them or when I walk, but nothing like the way I’ve been feeling. My right leg has throbbing pain that radiates up and down my entire leg.
When did this happen? Last Sunday, I ran nine miles with Marti Dipaola. Two days later, I ran three miles on the treadmill at the gym. During the first two miles on the nine-mile run, I was hurting, but I ran through it. When I ran the three miles at the gym, I was in so much pain. I could barely run. After that, I stopped. I figured the pain would subside and then would go for a run again. Instead, it just kept hurting.
I called up my orthopedist on Friday to get an appointment. He couldn’t take me until Monday. I made the appointment and waited. In the meantime, I posted a query on Facebook to my Facebook friends regarding shin splints asking them what to do. The obvious answer was RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Some people said that I should stretch, while others said I should walk it off. There was one person who told me to wrap my legs before training and make sure to ice them often. Another person said that rest is the only way to get rid of the pain. Marti, who is also my Facebook friend, said that I should drink a half bottle of Merlot. Funny, huh?
For the most part, the people who had advice for me were talking more about preventative care as opposed to care after the injury occurred. Some of the preventative measures included:
• Walking backward
• Take Glucosamine
• Walking forward