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      Shin discomfort from walking

      there aren't any muscles along the front of the lower leg are there?

      I speed walk, no matter where I'm walking. But for the past month or so, walking just a few feet will cause my shins to ache and I'll feel exhausted, as though I'd been running.

      Are there exercises I could do to strengthen my shins?

      In between my finger itching/swelling and my shins, I guess I should break down and look for a Orthopedic Dr. My Ehlers-Danlos could be worsening or something...

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      They are called shin splints and they aren't muscular discomfort, it's when tendons actually start to come off of the bone due to repeated impact. My guess is that you're walking on something hard, or your shoes don't fit right. Walk on grass, and make sure the instep in your shoe fits your arch correctly. If you have high arches, you need high arch insteps, if you have flat feet, you need a flat shoe.

      There is a way to strengthen them though. Take a weight, put it on your toes and lift it with your foot. Do it every day and your shins will strengthen, but you still need better shoes.

      Speed walking is higher impact than you think, it's those impacts that are causing your shin splints. Try taking a few weeks off and do something non-impact like swimming. Shin splints take about 3 months to fully heal, but you don't have to wait that long.
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      Ugh... many thanks.
      I tend to walk barefooted or in sandals that might as well be nothing because they're so thin. I have high arches and I favor the outside of my feet. I'm naturally stealthy even when speed walking. I despise tennis shoes
      I guess I'll try the exercises and see if I can keep my foot apparel.
      They hurt no matter where I'm walking (most of it is in the yard).

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      Sounds like you have advanced shin splints, I would lay off them for at least 4 weeks then. Barefoot and high arches is not a good combination. Ice them every chance that you get to speed up recovery. Watching tv, reading in bed, even eating dinner, ice ice ice. You can use ceran wrap to keep ice in place while having dinner or anything else where your legs are vertical, that's what athletes use.

      If they still hurt badly after 4 weeks, then it's possible that you have a stress fracture, which would take another two months to heal.
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      Thanks again for your advice. I went out today and bought a pair of Dr. Scholl's "Women's Duty Marci" shoes. I also bought "SofComfort Gel insole's with arch support.
      I walked around in different shoes with different brands/shapes of insoles and I was amazed at how comfortable my feet were! It's amazing I've gone so long wearing shoddy shoes lol I just hope they help my shins- I'm very optimistic.

      I'm also curious if proper shoes with help with general achiness as well. By bed time, my entire legs ache so much it's hard to get comfortable. I have mild RLS, so I've always attributed the aches to that. Sometimes, Sodium helps (either bananas or pill) but lately nothing helps except sleeping in a hot bath.

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      Yes, bad foot support makes the lower legs work harder to balance and adjust themselves, making them tired.

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