Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Google MD

My shins hurts and then it stops. Its weird and a tell-tell sign it's shin splits. (At least according to Google).

This morning I wanted to do something easy, so I set out on 5 miles at a comfortable pace. The first half I was jogging/limping (I swear my shadow looked like it was limping) and then the pain went away and I finished at a little faster pace.

I have to focus on letting my legs heal and take it easy for a few days. Everything I read says shin splits heal on their own and the best thing you can do is to rest. Here are a few other things Google MD had to say

    Icing the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.

  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofennaproxen, or aspirin, will help with pain and swelling. 
  • Arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics -- which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf -- may help with flat feet.
  • Range of motion exercises, if your doctor recommends them.
  • Neoprene sleeve to support and warm the leg.
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your shins.

  • Some of the causes for shin splits are

    • Irritated and swollen muscles, often caused by overuse
    • Stress fractures, which are tiny, hairline breaks in the lower leg bones
    • Overpronation or ''flat feet" -- when the impact of a step causes the arch of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons

    I'm pretty sure my problem came from the last bullet there. I had just mentioned to my mom that my running shoes were worn. They are pretty much dead and I shouldn't be wearing them. I wore them for the half marathon last Sunday.

    It could be the fact that Thanksgiving is a week away, but I have been craving pumpkin lately. Today I looked up a few pumpkin pie/dessert recipes and I'm contemplating blending in some pumpkin into my oatmeal for dinner. Br-inner is awesome!
    Have you ever had shin splits?

    Do you look to Google to help diagnose yourself?

    Do you have breakfast for dinner?

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