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Asked 5 years, 4 months ago

COMPARTMENT SYNDROME or STRESS FRACTURE?

I’m a 32-year-old female, 5’ 4 1/2”, 135 pounds. After four and a half months of triathlon training, I began experiencing pain in my interior and anterior (front) shin. It’s concentrated in one spot, and only on my left leg. I received custom orthotics several months ago to alleviate pain in my foot. I spent some time getting used to them, and now this hits. I had been swimming, weight training, running and bike riding in various combinations, with often two sports in the same day. Now I’ve restricted training to one activity
per day, but for the last six weeks I still cannot get rid of the shin pain. It used to pain me only after running, but now it’s during running as well. Can I pool run if it’s a stress fracture? What activities can I still do with exertional compartment syndrome? How are both of these injuries treated?

Mellonie Fleming, Atlanta, GA

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