Google to the rescue!
First of all I thought shin splints only occured on the front of the leg. I didnt realize you can get shin splints on the side of your leg. News to me! And well I *thought* it was good news and that maybe I just have shin splints, but there is bad news
The bad news is I believe my “stress fracture” diagnosis was right. I do not think its shin splints. The only sure way to tell is MRI/Bone Scan and those cost $$$ which I dont have. But then, there is also this:
“A “one-leg hop test” is a functional test often used to distinguish between MTSS and a stress fracture. A patient with MTSS can hop at least 10 times on the affected leg; however, a patient with a stress fracture cannot hop without severe pain.”
Theres no way in heck Im going to even attempt that because I already know it ain’t happening. I initially felt the pain when running on the treadmill the other day. It came in an instant but I just attributed it to not having ran in a while. And well, its very amusing to me that this particular injury is also called “overuse injury”. Overuse?! Bwahahaha! Ive certainly not “overused” anything lately.
So, what am I supposed to do about it, you ask? Apparently this stuff:
- Rest (I got this one covered!)
- Wear supportive shoes (I do when running, but not everyday)
- Modify my activities
- Lose Weight (Oh, I know they didnt go there!)
- Avoid bearing weight/stand/walking
- Take NSAIDs
The key being rest and taking it easy for weeks, possibly months. Im pretty bummed because I was *just* starting to feel like my pace was picking back up from the horrible Summer/Heat running, but, maybe it will turn out NOT to be a fracture and just shin splints and Ill be all better in a couple days. Im keeping my fingers crossed at least! Im also going to be cautious and continue to treat it like a fracture, but hope it really is shin splints.