Chronic shin pain, please help!
During the past year I have suffered from three stress fractures (one on each tibia and one on my third metatarsal of my left foot). I’ve also had a second degree sprain of my MCL and have had to have physical therapy for patellofemoral syndrome. My physical therapist determined that most of my problems were caused by the fact that my feet are flat and I over pronate. She then gave me some specially made orthotics. I also have been wearing shoes with extra support to correct my over-pronation.
I am currently particiating in indoor track, we practice three days a week and I swim three days a week. However, I have been having chronic pain in my shins. At first I thought it was posterior shin splints and rested for two weeks. I then returned to running and I’m still experiencing pain. I am rather confussed because the pain I am experiencing now is completely different than that I experienced before I rest. I am able to walk without pain. However, when I run I experience extreme pain until I am warmed up properly. After this, I have no pain. My innner shins are EXTREMELY tender to the touch on the insides in a space about 3-4 inches long.
I have been doing ice massage twice daily and taking ibroprofin (sp?). Is there anything else to do?
I asked my trainer if this could possibly result in another stress fracture. He said that it is probably just inflammation that some people just have to deal with. Is this accurate?