Shin Splints 101

Shin Splints 101

They sound awful and feel even worse. If you’ve ever experienced the discomfort caused by a shin splint you understand the need and desire a runner would feel for avoiding this particular injury at almost any cost.

Medically referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, or MTSS, shin splints basically refers to the occurrence of pain in the shins – or front area of the lower leg. Commonly brought on by strenuous activities like basketball, tennis or racquetteball, shin splints can also be caused by running too frequently on hard surfaces because of the excessive pressure and impact on the lower leg muscles. Running on slanted surfaces, downhill and on uneven surfaces can also attribute to the development or worsening of shin splints.

Symptoms include dull, aching pain on either side of the shinbone and within the muscle itself, soreness along the inner part of the lower leg and can be accompanied by swelling. Numbness and weakness in the feet are also a common symptom.

Avoid shin splints by wearing properly fitting shoes with shock-absorbing insoles. Avoid running on hard surfaces, slopes and uneven terrain. Always begin your training session with a good stretching routine before every session to help avoid shin splints from occurring.

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