Why does your shins hurt?

Causes, fixes, and tips from runners to runners

You just increased your mileage in order to be ready for that race coming up only to realize that now your shins hurt?

Shin splints, one of the most common injuries for runners, caused usually by sudden increase or change in workout routine is something you want to treat properly to avoid a chronic condition.

What is going on?

Usually shin splints develop when the muscle and bone tissue in the leg become overworked by repetitive activity.

This can happen after sudden changes in physical activity, such as when you start training after being previously inactive or increasing the number of weekly exercises. Changes in duration, frequency and intensity can also cause shin splints.

Usually the pain is felt as tenderness on the inner front side or the furthest outer edge of the shin. When the ankle is extended, the pain worsens. Untreated, shin splints can become chronic and lead to stress fracture.

Common causes for shin splints

  • Muscle imbalances. If there is a muscle imbalance between your legs, this causes more stress on the stronger side leading to a higher probability of shin splints and other injuries.
  • Feet problems, like fallen arches of the foot (flat feet), rigid arches, overpronation or supination, change your normal way of walking and running. This can lead to shin splints.
  • Tight calf muscles. If the calf muscles, especially the soleus muscle, are tight, this can reduce the mobility of the ankle causing changes in your normal walking and running pattern thus placing extra stress on the shins.
  • Exercising too much, too heavily. Performing a lot of high intensity exercises, like excessive amounts of eccentric muscle activity for the medial shin muscle, jumping, hiking or running high mileage.

What can I do to recover?

Even though as a runner you just want to run, it makes sense to rest in order to avoid shin splints becoming chronic and to reduce a risk of a stress fracture. Let your body recover. Take some time off of from you normal exercise routine.

Usually the symptoms ease up after a few weeks, but if the injury is prolonged, you should get in contact with a physiotherapist or a doctor. Don’t try to return to your old workout routine too quickly.

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-Sami

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