Yesterday I met with Dr. Chang at Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle to make the casts for my custom orthotics. I was honest with him about the pain I felt toward the end of the two weeks, which had not yet completely subsided. After re-assessing my gait he decided that the structure of my calves may be part of the problem. I inherited my dad's large calf muscles, which are great for strength but not so good for skinny jeans, knee high boots or - apparently - shin splints. It's kind of complicated but essentially my girth of my man-calves may be causing pulling on the tendon and bone equating to some of the pain. Thanks, Dad.
It takes a few weeks for the lab to create the orthotics so I will be wearing temporary inserts in the meantime. I ran with them this morning and though they felt really weird when I first put my shoes on, I felt great after the run. They definitely provide support that I need and kept my foot in the proper position.
Now, what to do about those man-calves???