Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Shin pain from walking, not running
    avatar
    JeannieY posted:
    Hi Rich,

    I've been running 25+ miles/week with no problems. But the other day, I was taking a walk with a friend and we walked up and down a quarter mile hill with about 25% incline. Our total mileage was approximately 5.75 miles. My right shin is now pretty sore. I notice that I experience soreness in both shins also when I spend the weekend walking up and down the hills when in San Francisco (I live in LA so not a lot of hills).

    Do you have any stretches or strengthening exercises that might help me avoid getting these shin pains? Is there a way to strengthen the shins? Why do my shins get sore when I walk, which is suppose to be much easier on my body, than when I run? Shouldn't I feel more tired when I run 6 miles as compared to when I walk 6 miles? It's the other way around... Sorry if my questions seem redundant, I'm a bit perplexed.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
    Hi Jeannie

    You're getting this soreness from the steep elevation that you climbed. Walking briskly uphill causes the anterior tibialis muscle on the outside of your shin to contract frequently (ankle flexion) and at sharp angles. It would be like doing hundreds of biceps reps with heavy weight - it's going to get sore. During running your ankle doesn't flex at such a sharp angle, thus less soreness. Plus, since you weren't used to it, the soreness was even worse. And even if you didn't walk at the steep angle, you would still be sore because when you walk there's more flexion than with running, and this is particularly so if you run on your toes.

    Stretching the anterior tibialis is not easy. You can try it, which I do recommend http://www.everystretch.com/tibialis-anterior-shin.html but you ought to also heat it up, massage it for 10-15 minutes, move it around through the range of motion, and then ice it for another 10 or 15 minutes. The first image on the following page is a good example of a way to strengthen the anterior tibialis http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8115850/ankle-strengthening-exercises-ankle-rehabilitati.htm

    I hope that helps. Take care, Rich
     
    avatar
    JeannieY replied to Rich Weil, MEd, CDE's response:
    Thanks Rich. I'll try your suggestions.
     
    avatar
    Rich Weil, MEd, CDE replied to JeannieY's response:
    You're welcome Jeannie. Let me know how it goes.


    Helpful Tips

    Water aerobics
    Water aerobics does not put the stress on your knees, ankles and/or back. More
    Was this Helpful?
    25 of 25 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.