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What’s The Difference Between Shin Splints And A Stress Fracture?

Shin splints and stress fractures are some of the most common running injuries. 

Unfortunately for me, shin splints have been something that I’ve had to deal with since high school (10 years ago) when I ran track and cross country. Over my running career I’ve seriously tried everything to prevent getting them (wearing compression socks, foam rolling, icing, stretching, strength training…etc but even with the best practices sometimes they’re inevitable. 

I bring up the topic of shin splints v. a stress fracture because yet again I’m feeling that all too familiar lower leg pain. Earlier this year I had to stop running for a couple months due to shin/calf issues, then crash trained for the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half (probably not smart) and recently started training for the Holiday Half Marathon. I’d been pain free throughout my entire SeaWheeze training but last week my shins started hurting SO BAD. 

What’s concerning is that the pain seems to be very localized, meaning it’s not my entire shin that hurts but one specific spot on my shin bone which is an indicator of an actual stress fracture. Also, I’m not just feeling pain when I run…my shins hurt when I walk and even are painful to the touch.

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