View Full Version : In DESPERATE need of stretching advice. HELP!!!

02-01-2006, 04:22 PM
I have the back of my calves now able to stretch, but the muscle up the front outer edge is keeping me from walking much. I can't seem to get these muscles stretched. Any suggestions??

02-01-2006, 04:44 PM
Just did some net searching. From what I find this is a form of shin splint - anterior in the 'tibialis?' muscle. I'm not finding much in the way of suggestive cures, tho.

02-01-2006, 05:24 PM
when my shins hurt i take advil, you can also ice them -- also to feel a stretch i just extend my leg out and flex and point my my feet, not very medically official sounding i know ;)

Lisa loves Pooh
02-01-2006, 08:13 PM
If shinsplits--reevaluate your shoe. Often the cause is improper shoe type--or crossing the mileage barrier into being too old for its purpose (i.e. time to replace).

Ice massage can help post-run. Freeze ice in a dixie cup--and then rub back and forth over the area for about 4 minutes. It will freeze and numb--this is supposed to happen which is why you are massaging and it is limited to 4 minutes. It can help alleviate the inflammation. Keep doing this after each workout. If you notice the problem has completely gone away--then you can stop :).

Cannot really stretch a shin splint. They do sell wraps that can help the area (not sure how they work, I had a teammate that used it and it helped her a lot in preventing the shin splints or at least making it so it wouldn't hurt as bad).

02-19-2006, 05:21 PM
I'm not a physical therapist, but a guy that used to get lots of shin splints (real sharp pains up and down both sides of the shins - hard to walk on). In other words I have no idea what is going on with you, nor should I pretend to know. But, I'll offer a possible solution. I do the following as part of my stretching routine to work the shin muscles and it works miracles for curing and then preventing my shin splints...

Get in the lunge position - one foot forward and one foot back, feet in line, forward knee bent 90 degrees, back knee just off the ground, upper body over the forward knee. Put one hand on the ground for balance and the other one your toes, applying light pressure. Now raise your toes up against the light pressure from your hand. 2-3 sets of 20-25 reps will strengthen the shin muscles and may clear up the problem. At least it has helped me with my minor problems.

02-20-2006, 10:01 AM
Sit upright with your feet on the floor and top your toes up and down without lifting your heels. That will stretch ou the front of your calves.

Also don't start out to fast while you are walking. Take your time warming up.