If you’re like the average American, you probably vowed to exercise more at the beginning of the year. Maybe you started with a few walks around the neighborhood. Perhaps you’re up to a slow jog. Or you could be picking up the pace to a full run. Whatever your exercise level, shin splints are an exercising reality that you might have to deal with.
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, are an inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the bone lining of the tibia at the origin of several leg muscles. Stress on these muscles causes microtears and inflammation in the soft tissue attached to the tibia.
You don’t have to be a hardcore runner to experience shin splints. Shin splints can result from improper conditioning programs, ramping up exercise (too much, too quickly), switching running surfaces, and more. Shin splints are also more likely to affect people who overpronate, experience tight calf muscles, or have flat feet.
Avoiding shin splints isn’t always easy, but there are some tricks that can reduce severity and frequency. Be sure to stretch properly before running and wear good athletic shoes with supportive orthotics. Custom orthotics from a podiatrist can help correct any underlying biomechanical issues (such as fallen arches).
Resting is the best thing you can possibly do if you experience shin splints! OTC pain relievers, calf stretching, night splints, physical therapy, and short term casting are all suitable solutions for shin splint pain. If you are experiencing shin splints regularly while exercising, call the FAAWC today. We can help get you back up and running in no time. 740.363.4373