Lower leg pain.

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  1. cluckcluck

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    This is a recent development in my not so injured tennis tenure, after playing and at times during play, I have very uncomfortable pain from the knee all the way through my lower leg to the ankle (right leg).
    It does not feel like muscular soreness, instead it feels like the bone (tibia and or fibula). It's not that I can't walk on it, but it's certainly uncomfortable.
    Do any of you have or have had anything similar?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    When you say it's in the bone, does it feel dull, sore and achy, or does it feel more like a sharp needle pain?

    Sharp needle pain could be a form a sciatica, or Piriformis syndrome. It's rare that you feel it from the knee down, but it happens and just depends on what part of the nerve is trapped/pinched. Most people feel it in their booty and hammy.
     
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  3. Chas Tennis

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    * Ischemia is pain from lack of blood flow a very serious issue that should always be considered possible.

    * Shin splints ( I have not had this injury.)
    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/shin-splints?page=2

    * Many other possibilities.............

    You need to have it diagnosed by a well-qualified Dr.
     
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  4. cluckcluck

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    Unfortunately it's not a shooting pain, it's just sore/achy. What's strange is that it's not just certain spots, it's the whole thing at the same time. I'll be visiting a doctor as soon as I can get an appointment.
     
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  5. charliefedererer

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    Cluckcluck,

    You didn't respond to Chas's question of whether it could be shin splints, although you are doing the sensible thing and going to see your doctor.

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    "What are shin splints?
    The term "shin splints" has been widely used as a catch-all term referring to a collection of different conditions that cause leg pain. The term medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) better defines the injury and separates it from injuries such as stress fractures or compartment syndrome. MTSS is caused by chronic strain, overuse, and microtrauma of the soleus (calf) muscle at its origin on the shinbone (posteromedial tibia) or deep inflammation of the periosteum, which is the connective tissue that covers the bone, of the tibia beneath the posterior tibialis muscle (Fig.). MTSS usually occurs in unconditioned people who begin a new running or jumping activity or conditioned runners who change or increase their speed or distance or change their type of shoe or running terrain. MTSS also affects individuals who have flat feet because the mechanics of the foot increase stress on the soleus muscle."
    - http://www.hughston.com/hha/a_13_4_6.htm

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    So what do you think? Does it sound like shin splints?



    If your doctor is a general practitioner, and thinks this is what you have, he may tell you to rest and avoid playing on hard courts until after the inflammation subsides.
    Doing the following leg exercises before returning to the court also is recommended:.

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    Also, Suzanna McGee, who posts here as sixftlion, has a good suggestion concerning myofascial release at her tennis fitness site:

    "Prevention of Shin Splints with Myo-Fascial Release" http://www.examiner.com/article/prevention-of-shin-splints-with-myo-fascial-release
     
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  6. cluckcluck

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    Wow, thank you so much for the great information. After doing some reading of the information you provided, it looks like I could potentially have shin splints.
    I know Suzanna, so I'll absolutely ping her for stretches and recovery methods.
     
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