I am a female masters runner/5K-10K road racer. Up until 2 years ago I was
racing 2-3 times per month and running approximately 15-25 miles per week
comfortably. I ended up with inner shin pain (tibial stress syndrome) after
taking several weeks of step aerobics (on a high riser) when I wasn't used
to it. I know now that was stupid but at the time I thought I was
crosstraining. Anyway, the past 17 months I have been unable to run. I
went through two courses of Physical Therapy and swam as much as I could.
Now I am trying to run again. I started out walking, then jogging/walking,
then jogging and finally got up to 2 miles of running every other day pain
free. When I try to even increase my mileage 10% per week I get the pain
back so I finally went to see a sports podiatrist. (my sports M.D. kept
He had me lie face down on a table and draped plaster bandages over my feet
and then sent the impressions away to have "soft" orthotics made. In the
meantime, he fashioned me some store bought arch supports and told me to use
them. Well, I used them for about 6 runs and started having pain on my
OUTER lower legs, knees and hips. I have been told that I have high arches
and knock knees but not to the degree of biomechanical interference. I am
afraid to use the new orthotics (which I am supposed to pick up this
Wednesday) for fear that in an attempt to take stress off my inner shins,
they will cause problems on my OUTER lower legs. I guess I don't understand
how they work. Any advice?
Many thanks in advance. I know I am rattling on but running is my passion.
My doctor can't believe I haven't given up yet.
Beth - try the new devices - they are bound to be more specific for your needs.
when a ped-orthotist makes orthotics from a casts, they will fit better, and be
made with your biomechanics in mind. Off the shelf devices are marginal at best,
and no real substitute for custom devices. Keep working on it, and since
orthotics are expensive, make sure you do not accept them as final until the fit
Keep the faith.
Also, try a slide board for x training instead - no pounding, more frontal plane
activities, and much, much easier on your shins.