Shin Splints

What is it?

Shin Splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is not pain in the shin bone itself, but instead in the connective tissues associated with muscle attachment near the shin.

Do I have it?

Shin Splints are characterized by tenderness and are typically accompanied by pain in the lower shin area, usually occurring during exercise, but also lingering at rest as the Shin Splints progress.

What causes it?

Shin Splints can be caused by the sudden increase in mileage or switching from running on flat surfaces to hilly or uneven surfaces.

How can I help prevent it?

  • Ease back into running or exercise
  • Stretch your calves and Achilles tendons regularly
  • Add orthotic inserts or insoles designed to help absorb the shock of running
Not medical advice, see a doctor if problems persist.

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