From the info I have gathered & already mentioned here... concerning my shin splints and how it relates to my case...I have concluded the following.
Bone Density as SES said explains a lot. It’s normal to get shin splints when you have not been exercising & even more so when you combine this with being overweight! I always go it to hard & pay the price. In the past I would just train on through it, however this time round, I had no choice but to find another alternative as I would limp after every jogging session & the next day all day. (I had a very bad case of it…probably stress fracture!)
Cross training seemed to be my answer with Outdoor cycling the preferred choice to meet the high demand of cardio exercise I was looking for to continue aiding in my weight loss goal; in the hope I could soon start back up jogging.
After losing some weight through cycling & building up my muscles & Bone density via weight training & two weeks off jogging, I have now started again.
I can still feel a slight pain, however I believe it has heeled somewhat and by taking it EASY this time round with some rest days in between jogging, I have been getting good results with the recovery process.
Bone density is only one part of it…the way in which your feet support you weight is another factor that plays an important role. Most good runners have a perfect arc in their feet. Much like the arcs in your backbone support your upper body weight, so too does the arc in your feet when you are standing up straight. As we become over weight this arc tends to decrease and we become flat footed. The way in which the whole ankle supports are weight begins to destabilize and you will hear all sorts of terms mentioned for the multitude of conditions that arise from such feet ailments. Anyways, to cut straight through all the fancy medical jargon and so forth, it was not until I understood the importance the arc in the foot played, that did I realize how to correctly use a compression bandage to help with my shin splints.
By using a compression bandage wrapped correctly around the arch of the foot and up around the ankle…progressively up and down around this area did I find an immediate improvement with a jogging recovery program in the first week or so did I start lapping around the cricket oval again.
I am so excited, I am almost ready to let myself shred the kilo’s off by running!!!!!!!!
This is how I have gotten over the shin splints…Maybe it will help with you?
Good Luck & don’t give up Jogging/running…just take it easy first off…train yourself up to it…
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