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Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-22 03:25:14
right shin, swelling fast - no visible breaks

been a little sore fer a couple days - training

yesterday did some bag - not much cause in heat too much that day and no energy

this morning went and did sprints - noticed first time in shower after sprints
at school redness, size and pain noticeably changed hour to hour.

Now its 2:45pm and hurts to walk on - don't need to limp though..

Anyone have any thoughts or ideas - my goal is in avoiding antibiotics if at all possible.

prob 10-15 yrs ago I had same thing - though i recall hitting it, very lightly but very painful - ended
up on antibiotics (IV) for 2 weeks.. had the damn drip at home...

not sure if same shin or not
Kelly Leach
Posted: 2011-06-22 08:03:58
Stress fracture- The hop test will typically cause pain (hop on the affected leg). A tuning fork will also highlight a stress fracture as the vibration will induce pain if there is a break.

Pain may ease when resting, but flare up during impact/running activities, and does NOT get better as you get warmed up. This can present with swelling or redness in the area.

Shin splints will often hurt more before and after a workout, and can feel slightly better during a run (not always). They will often be bilateral though. Pain is more diffuse and difficult to pinpoint one single spot, as opposed to a general area.

With both of these avoid activities that cause pain. Use an anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen and apply ice to the area.

Osteomylitis- Bone infection

} Both are skin infections.

With these 3 try applying mild heat combined with an antibiotic cream/medication.Go see your doctor if you have or develop a fever/temp/shivers/generally become unwell.

Finally it may be a result of a bite :/

Good luck in getting it sorted, keep it dry, clean and if the skin does start to break apply a sterile dressing and I would advise seeing your GP.


Kelly Leach
Posted: 2011-06-22 08:06:29
Osteomylitis- Bone infection

Cellulitis- skin infection (Deep tissue)

Erysipelas- Skin infection (Superficial)


Posted: 2011-06-22 15:07:13
Kelly, are those last two (cellulitis and erysipelas) similar to Staph infection?
Kelly Leach
Posted: 2011-06-22 15:41:53
Hi Marianne,

Some of the most common staphylococcal skin infections are grouped with staphylococcus, including: impetigo, ecthyma, Cellulitis, Folliculitis, boils, dermatitis, scabies, diabetic ulcers

Staphylococcus (often called staph) is a common type of bacteria that lives in the skin and mucous membranes (up our nose) with no trouble, many people will have it without knowing!

There is a strain called “staphylococcus epidermis” which under certain circumstances, can become a problem!

Generally when exposed to other bacterias or when they are not kept clean, hence why so many in-patients or post op patients contract MRSA :/

Cross infection and hand hygiene protocols are still not followed as strictly as the NHS would like, despite all the training in situ.

Personally I would have anything unusual looked at, especially when kicking pads & bags after numerous other people and as much as we don't like to think it, not everybody has a high standard of hygiene.

Hope that waffle helps?

Posted: 2011-06-22 17:25:48
thanks Kelly, a friend was hospitalised with staph earlier this year and his foot looked like what mark was describing his shin to feel like if that makes sense! just wondered if it could have been that!
Kelly Leach
Posted: 2011-06-22 17:36:21
Could be anything, hope it isnt too serious though :/
Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-22 19:28:52
Thank you!!

This morning pretty good (laying down) walking around got worse..

Possible bone chip leading to infection?

Kelly - signs of infection spreading should be obvious, no?

Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-22 19:31:45

guessing deep tissue from bone chip -

bone chips potentially can be pretty serious..

Kelly Leach
Posted: 2011-06-23 06:03:29
If you think you have a stress fracture or chipped a bone, excessive load baring can lead to a compound fracture-much more serious...

Google Chev Walker Hull rugby player, he knew he had a stress fracture but continued to play with disastrous results!

Osteomylitis is probably the biggest threat, bone tissue dies and if left untreated would need surgically removing :/

Do you think you have a fracture? any bruising spreading over the limb/extremely tender area with little pressure?

Mark, I would seriously get it checked out, antibiotics are way better than amputation, and believe me I am not exaggerating.

Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-23 07:55:17
Yeah I got it checked - just wasn't sprinting there and doing a little info search first. :)

Thank you by the way.

Doc thinks just skin infection - course who knows how good he is.

got the dreaded (but wonderful when needed) antibiotics :)

my sister almost died of Osteomylitis as a small child - back then they didn't know what it was hardly and it was a 'fluke' they ran into a doc that did...

extremely tender with very little pressure - YES!
no bruising that I can see - all swollen and red
Kelly Leach
Posted: 2011-06-23 09:37:29
Good you have accepted antibiotics, see how it goes, hopefully the pain will subside once the infection and the swelling goes down.

Keep your eye on it though, the temp and colour of the skin also, if recovering temp should decrease and skin should start to return to normal colour, if it goes green or black then worry ;)

Good luck

Mark L.
Posted: 2011-06-23 11:24:44
i think any color is cause for worry lol (besides red and normal) :P

Thank you
Donald Boswell
Posted: 2011-07-17 14:15:16
Can you find some tee trea to use Mark,
Donald Boswell
Posted: 2011-07-17 14:18:18
Make sure you are cleaning the bag and pads. Shit can run rampant if its staph.
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