Hi all, I'm in need of some advice please,
I've been suffering with suspected shin splints since January, prior to that I managed to get to the end of week 5 without any problems. Then I got my gait analysed and bought some proper running shoes/inserts at Sweatshop, and by the third run of week 6 I had an incredible aching in my left shin, and a bit of a swelling. I could also feel the impact of walking up and down stairs.
In the last 4 months I've done a few runs of week 5 run 1, but I've always found by the 3rd run I had to stop as I could feel my shin again. I've now been referred to a physiotherapist, who doesn't think my shoes or insoles are the problem - apparently the leg muscles in both my legs are very tight, but especially in the left.
I've been doing lots of calf stretches as advised by the physio, but I went running on Tuesday night and found it such a struggle - my calf muscles literally felt like they were popping out of my legs, I could feel the impact in my shins and when I stopped running, I couldn't hold some of the stretches more than a few seconds because my ankles felt too tired to hold them.
So I have 3 questions which you may or may not be able to help me with:
1. Is it normal to feel like this when running/once stopped? or...
2. Can shin splints make your calves and ankles feel this way?
3. Is it possible shin splints are not the problem, and actually there's something else wrong?
Really grateful for any advice, as I'm at my wit's end and feel like giving up the whole thing. I haven't got another physio appointment until the end of May now.