What is this perpetual bruise-like pain on my shin?
January 26, 2013 6:52 PM Subscribe
This is an issue that I've been aware of for years, but have never investigated it with a doctor because it usually only hurts when I put pressure in one particular spot. (Hey, doc, it hurts when I do this...)
The spot is 3-5 inches above my ankle, along the very edge of my shin bone on the inside of my left leg. It's very tender, hurts quite a bit if that one spot is knocked or if I push on it. There's no bruise visible on the skin.
posted by Trespassers William to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a relatively healthy male: 30 years old, 5'8", 150 pounds. Mostly sedentary. I lift weights or jog sporadically. I just started Couch to 5K (again) and stopped after three weeks, which is when the pain/bruising flared up last time, about a year ago. There are all sorts of symptoms, enough for me to be sure that I have really crappy feet/calves but beyond that I have no idea what's going on; which issues are connected or what.
Pretty much any time I jog, I notice that the bruise comes back. This time:
--First week of running: not really any pain while running and the bruised feeling, like I said, only bother me if it comes into contact with something.
--Second week: calves became incredibly tight while running.
--Third week: calves and arches were tight and burned intensely and my heels hurt too. All pain subsided immediately after finishing the run.
--I've been running on asphalt streets in my neighborhood, up and downhill, which I know isn't great. (But my wife has been doing it with me -- she has never run in her life, thought she would absolutely HATE it, and has been doing great with no pain whatsoever -- so I think it's mostly me and not the running environment.)
--I have pretty flat feet and have been using green Superfeet inserts in a pair of Asics Duomax running shoes. Which actually made my arches hurt like the dickens on the last run I did.
--My feet start to ache quite a bit in the arch and heel when I'm standing for long periods of time. I noticed that I tend to roll my feet a lot while standing and stand on the outside edge of the foot.
So, I guess I have a few questions (YANAD, YANMD):
A) what is this most likely to be? (shin splints? a bone bruise? a tear in the muscle?) Is the bruise likely related to the other pains while running?
B) what are the best options -- I don't have health insurance at the moment -- for me to get this looked at (should I go pay out of pocket to see a sports doctor? a gym trainer? a physical therapist? I have no clue.)
C) If I had to try to fix this myself without a costly professional diagnosis, what exercises could I be doing to rehabilitate and not further strain the weak parts of my feet/calves? Should I realize the obvious truth that I should never run ever or am I just doing it wrong?