Skating = Shins about to explode [PLEASE HELP]
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04-08-2014, 11:56 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SR Hadden's plane
An earlier post of mine from a thread dealing with what sounds like the OP has:
Many people tie their skates very tight before going out on the ice, and do not flex their foot all the way forward to ensure there is enough "give" in the laces to allow room for the foot to manuever forward, which puts enormous stress on the front of the shin when skating.
Think of it this way, instead of standing on your feet which are designed to sustain your entire body weight, your are literally standing on your shins, which are not. There is no tissue there to cushion the force, so the tibialis is severely compressed causing inflammation, and if left unchecked, surgery and a possible end to playing hockey.
Users of waxed laces need to be very aware of this issue as those laces usually do not give much at all, and will cause what some call "upper ankle lace bite," but is really just a compressing of the tibialis anterior tendon. If you have symptoms like being unable to raise your foot up or down, stop skating immediately, let your leg heal for at least 1-2 weeks, and then start flexing your foot all the way forward before tying the knot on the skate once you start playing again.
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