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Hi folks,<br><br>
I don't think this is too serious a problem, but I did want to get some input just to be on the safe side.<br><br>
Last night I tripped and fell, bruising my shin and didn't even notice at first that it was bleeding. But once I noticed, I got it bandaged with some antibacterial first aid cream. It was pretty sore last night, but I was able to walk which suggested to me that nothing was broken. (It hurt last night to walk but less so this morning, except to a degree when walking on pavement.)<br><br>
Since it still felt tender to the touch today, I opted to hold off on running and just walk, which felt mostly okay (bothered me toward the end of what was about a forty five minute walk). When I took any running steps, it would hurt, but I could run. Just seemed wiser to hold off for a couple days. My thought is that I'll run once the pain subsides.<br><br>
I'm also icing the area a couple times a day.<br><br>
Anyone have a similar injury and if so, how long does it normally take to calm down? Any advice on speeding up the healing process?<br><br>
I am hoping that I'll be able to run in an indoor track meet that's coming up next Sunday. Would do the mile and perhaps the 800.<br><br>
Thanks for your comments/suggestions!
 

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lioness! Great to see you here! Welcome! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
No advice on the knee, sounds like maybe just a bad bruise. I do hope it calms down soon!
 

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lioness--<br>
i had a very bad fall at a trail race in June. I gashed my leg open and am very lucky i did not break it. It was very tender, sore and hurt while running for about a week after. Just keep icing it and taking it easy. You should be fine running, it just may hurt where you hurt your leg.
 

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more than likely a bruised bone if it hurts to walk on a hard surface. although possibly a stress fratcture at the worse. either way 8 weeks until it fully healed. a bruised bone shouldn't keep you from the meet. a stress fracture should keep you from the meet. an X-ray is the only sure way to tell, well ok, short from cutting open the skin, peeling back stuff and looking that is. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
good luck lioness and welcome to the KR side of the Internet
 

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thanks folks! I'm SERIOUSLY hoping it's not a stress fracture. If I'm able to walk, wouldn't that mean no likelihood of a fracture? <she asked hopefully><br><br>
It seemed to bother me less today, although it's still tender to the touch. Might try some very easy running on grass/dirt tomorrow, see how that feels.<br><br>
Merigayle... 100 miles! That's total Energizer Bunny territory! Wishing you success in the race and training!<br><br>
APRR Chuck--Ha, I think I'll pass on the do-it-yourself version of checking for a fracture. Dissection was always my least favorite task in biology class. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">
 

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i feel your pain, this was my bad fall this summer (right leg was the bad bruise on the shin)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a290/merigayle/100_7411.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br><br>
Arnica is a homeopathic remedy that you can take orally and/or topically. It is good for bruises. You can find it at health food stores, Vitamin Shoppe, or natural foods place.
 

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Hi Lioness! When I have run with groups on trail runs the cure for something like this was High Fives for getting blood. So cyber high five for both you and merygale! Larry
 

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Well, in my case, I got the blood in the process of putting my nieces' and nephews' gift bags under a Christmas tree. As I was headed for the tree, I tripped on something (don't even remember what) and while I caught myself before really tumbling down (and causing the tree to do the same), the shin took the impact.<br><br>
Not as exciting as getting hurt on the trail, I'm afraid, but I figure that getting hurt in the middle of a Christmas related act conferred a sort of protection... all good!<br><br>
Just read an article about Ryan Shay in the latest RW, and here's what a tough dude he was ... is! ... His spirit lives on: when he was in college, he had a sixteen miler to run, which he did, in a blizzard. Three miles into this run, he had a car run over his shins. Got up, inspected for damages, decided nothing was broken--and finished his run! His roommate reports he wouldn't even go to the hospital for x-rays until after he finished stretching. He was on my "running role model list" before I read that, but wow! I'm definitely dedicating my track meet Sunday to him.<br><br>
I'm happy to report, btw, that I've been able to run--staying on grass/trails as much as possible but even venturing onto pavement as well. Very thankful that I don't seem to be the worse for it. Felt some pain the first run, but each time I run, it bothers me less and less.<br><br>
And Merigayle, took the advice about arnica and bought a tube of it. Really does seem to help! So thanks for the suggestion!
 
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