I have had shin splints before. It hurt to move my feet, go up stairs, and even walking was painful. I went to the doc and he told me to rest, take ibeuporphin or tylenol (some kind of anti-inflamatory), and do not run. he told me that if i kept running, my shin splints could turn into stress fractures. Here is what happens with shin splints...The repeated running cycle of pounding and push off results in muscle fatigue, which may then lead to higher forces being applied to the fascia (the stuff the connects bone to muscle), the attachment of fascia to bone, and finally the bone itself. The pain can seem to get better, and may even go away for a little while, but the injury may still be there. So, it is imortant to see a doctor about it. Because if you continue training, the the continuous strain on the muscle and fascia can cause a stress fracture...putting you off of training for even longer. Good luck.
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