Introduction

Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Need Some Fellow Runner Help

I put a small snipit at the end of my 10K race recap about Mrs. Schlub having some lower leg pain.  I wanted to reach out to all of you to get your opinion and some fellow runner help.  We went to our local running store to get her the proper shoes and got her fitted with shoe inserts.  At this point she has gone through a number of different shoes and a couple different pairs of inserts.  The pain started in her right foot arch and has now extended into her shin/calf region.  Below is a picture of where she is experiencing the pain.


 
1) How many of you have fitted inserts for your shoes?  Do you think are needed or unneccesary??

2) Ever expereince pain in this part of your leg before?  Could it simply be shin splints??

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  1. If it started in her arch or ankle area, just look up posterior tibial tendinitis and have her see if any of the threads on it sound like what she is experiencing. There are tons of muscles and tendons in our feet and legs but it might be that. There are articles from sports docs and threads on running forums discussing it all over the place.

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    1. I am going to read into that, thank you very much.

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  2. i've never had that kind of pain. all of my injuries have been in my hips/knees. sorry that i'm no help!

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    1. thanks for taking the time to take a look.

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  3. It could be any number of things...I would start by icing it--a couple of times a day. I would roll out on one of those nubbly balls the bottom of the foot, and stretch the calf muscles...

    I have no idea about how she runs (supinates/pronates etc)...but I am wondering if this is a "less is more" kind of thing...if she has gone through a couple of pairs of inserts...maybe no inserts and a more flexible shoe...
    Also, I would pay attention to what shoes you walk around in after running--flip flops would probably aggravate it...

    I would echo the first reader...google symptoms...
    Good luck. I hope her leg feels better!

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    1. We are going to try a few different things. Thanks for your help.

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  4. Like everyone else, I turn to Dr. Google whenever I'm having symptoms. I think if the pain is in her calf and her shin it might not be shinsplints, but then again it could be shinsplits plus something else. Ack, sorry to be of no help!

    Whenever I've had shin pain in the past I have taken a couple days off of running and iced a lot. I've never had any arch pain so I have no idea there. Maybe visit a physical therapist?

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    1. That is very helpful actually. The end game just might be a physical therapist.

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  5. I think it sounds like a tendon. It will probably get better with rest and ice, but I'd also look up a sports med doc. And maybe she could try taping it as well. I use KT Tape on my peroneal tendon (that's on the outside of your leg) and it has worked wonders for me.

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    1. I think rest and ice is the way to go. I didnt think about the KT tape, that is a good tip.

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  6. I have fought through numerous pains and injuries over the years. The solution that has worked for me is religious stretching and foam rolling. The key is to do it consistently even when you aren't feeling any pain. It has been the reason I recover better now at 42 than I ever did at 29.

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    1. Great advise Chad, I tell her all the time that she needs to stretch more since I have had my own injuries. Maybe she will listen to you lol

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  7. How long has Mrs. S been running? I went through several months last year where left foot would go numb, then it throb if I ran too long...and then the super tight calf started. I went through a few pair of shoes trying to alleviate the pain. I did ice and took steroids for a few months and started wearing compression sleeves after all runs and sleep in them. I would run hard them rest a few days...My hip was hurting also and I think in general my left side is just had to go through an adjustment. A lot of women have hips that are uneven in strength and that can cause problems until they strengthen. Mine did eventually get a lot better! Compression sleeves still help me but aren't a cure. I think a regular regimen of ibuprofen and icing could n't hurt.

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    1. She has been running about 7 months now. Stretching and a compression sleeve seem to be helping a lot. I didnt think about her hips, giving birth could have left some issues lingering.

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  8. Also check out the Runner's World website. They have a lot of info on treatment and prevention of running injuries, I think it's under the "health" heading. Some anti inflammatory would also be useful for a bit in addition to the ice and rest.
    As far as inserts go....never have used them . A thousand years ago (the 80's) I had custom orthotics made for knee and hip pain ( aerobics!) and used them for over a decade. However, I have now gone the other way and wear minimal shoes, or trail shoes with less cushion on the road.
    It's hard to find a shoe that is your best friend but when you do, I think most runners agree, they stick to it and buy multiples! (It's not hoarding if it's a running shoe)
    Physical therapy is fantastic! It can be time consuming and tedious to do the exercises but the results are really worthwhile. Pain is yucky and sets us back. I hope she finds relief and answers!!

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    1. I will look into that.

      I dont wear them either and starting to really dislike them lol.

      We have briefly discussed physical therapy, we may need to look into that more.

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  9. Hey Richard,

    I was actually talking with a colleague today at Big Peach about insoles. My first question for your fiance would be if she has ever worn insoles before in her running shoes. If not, I like to tell people to slowly break them in. For the first day, start by wearing them two hours at most and then take them out. Add an hour or two more the next day and so forth until she wears them all day.

    If she has not worn insoles, I wonder if there's actually a need. I believe that more times than not, the shoe can stand on it's own in terms of arch support and heel support. People with very high arches and very low arches may find insoles like Superfeet or Aetrex to be beneficial, but it varies from person to person. I suggest trying some runs with and without the insoles. If the pain continues with them in, I believe they may not be necessary.

    The shin pain may also be due to tight calf muscles, so remember to stretch them with a foam roller or massage tool. Shin splints can also be attributed to running on hard surfaces like the sidewalk. I like to run on the road when I can, and most people don't think about the fact that the asphalt road is "lighter" than the sidewalk - which is composed of concrete. Icing, compression sleeves or socks, or KT tape can also help out with the shin splints.

    Keep me posted on her progression. Thanks!

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    1. Austin, thanks for the great feedback. I'm going over this with her.

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  10. It looks like you've already gotten some great advice. The only thing I would add is that Mrs. Schlub should consider seeing a sports doc if rest and ice aren't helping. Seeing the doc won't necessarily mean she's out of commission. The doc may be able to give her some at-home exercises or other advice to alleviate the pain. Or she may need to do some physical therapy if it's caused by some sort of imbalance. I hope it gets better soon!

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