I am a runner with what seems to be chronic shin splints for the past year and a half. Help!!?

I have been everywhere and talked to everyone to help with this problem. I have changed my shoes, slowed my stride, rested for 4 months, ran on softer ground, got good arch supports, tried taping, I even saw a sports medicine doctor who did x-rays and then advised me to see a Physical Therapist. I saw the PT religiously for about 6-8 weeks, which made the pain go away, but then I started running again. So, then I saw someone that makes orthopedics, she studied my stride and said that my arch is very flexible without very much muscle. She showed me some arch exercises which haven’t seem to help much. Currently, I can’t run 2 min/walk 1 minute for 30 minutes at 5.0 mph without searing pain. Ice and ibuprofen seems to help, but doesn’t cure what is causing this ongoing problem. I’m starting to wonder if I have a problem that requires more invasive measures. Can anyone help?
Answers:    According to the Mayo Clinic website, the only thing I found that you have not tried is swimming (water walking, aerobics, etc.). Maybe if you took a year off from pounding your shins they would heal and strengthening your shins with exercise during this time.

Lessen the impact:

Cross-train with a sport that places less impact on your shins, such as swimming, walking or biking. Remember to start new activities slowly. Increase time and intensity gradually.

Add strength training to your workout:

To strengthen your shins, try toe raises. Stand up. Slowly rise up on your toes, then slowly lower your heels to the floor. Repeat 10 times. When this becomes easy, do the exercise holding progressively heavier weights. Leg presses and other exercises for your lower legs can be helpful, too.
It's also important to know when to rest. At the first sign of shin pain, take a break.

P.S. Have you ever tried running on tread mills. Mine has the shock absorber that reduced 33% of the shock?


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