I've been having this tightness and severe cramping in my lower legs, today it was especially bad so I did a bit of research thinking that I may be suffering from shin splints and hoped that some exotic stretches may help but from the looks of it I have all of the hallmarks of anterior compartment syndrome. I will be harassing my doctor tomorrow morning for a professional second opinion.
A little bit of history...
For a while now I've been getting pains along the lines of severe cramp in my tibialis anterior. Today it was so bad that I couldn't actually flex or extend my foot and I was really struggling to walk not to mention that it was bloody painful. In then end I had to turn back after about 1/2 a mile and when I got back I had swellings/lumps on my tibialis anterior.
The pain and tightness only goes away with rest, stretching has little if any effect.
Exercise intensity tends to have an effect on the speed of onset and level of pain, a fast walk uphill brings it on rapidly, a gentle walk on the flat has very little effect. When I play squash or resistance train I don't experience any problems. Initially I thought it was due to poor lower body endurance but I can happily play 1+ hours of squash, do several sets of weighted tabata lunges, squat, deadlift, etc with no problems.
I am an overpronator and I do occasionally use orthotics, they have on occasion helped with the discomfort.
I do weight train and I have put on around a stone of muscle since last summer.
So basically I'm asking if anyone has had any experience of anterior compartment syndrome, any advice, etc.
Myofascial release does seem to be an option for treatment/prevention, if anyone has got any recommendations on books, equipment, people to talk to, it would be much appreciated.
Hopefully I'm going to be proven wrong tomorrow and it's just because I've been neglecting my stretching