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I've been struggling with shin splints since April and I'm 17. I'm 6ft 4 and I've been told by my physio (amongst issues with my biomechanics) that a lot of it could be caused by simply growing. I have tight calves and weak tibialis muscles due to my biomechanics but my Physio says they're all linked. I also have Osgood-Schlatters in my knees. I've got some orthotics on the way and I'm really hoping they're going to give me the relief I desperately need from all this. I have been very very careful with the injury but my body seems to do the opposite of what it should do. After 6 weeks of rest- my pain went away after 4 weeks and came back last week! Stretching the calves seems to aggravate the shin pain but I've been told I need to stretch to sort out the problem. I also need to strengthen the weak calves and tibialis but this also brings a bit of pain back.
It's not the typical shin splints where I get pain during the activity- I get pain after, earlier on it would linger and ease after a few days. When I was still able to cycle hard but not run earlier in the Summer, I would have no pain but was resting from running to let it settle down. Then the pain came on in the late Summer and lingered for 3 weeks despite stopping all cycling and running. Even when the physio gave me the all-clear to start gently running again on grass, I was able to for 2 weeks and then the pain returned. This time it took less time to ease off.
The only thing I have done in this rest period is stretching the calfs and a few calf raises (as advised), some hip strengthening and hamstring stretching. Is it possible that my injury is simply growth? Has anybody else on here had any issues training whilst young due to similar things? I feel like I'm being let down by my own body and I can't understand what the hell is going on and I don't think anybody else knows either!