Also referred to as medial tibial stress syndrome, Shin splint is a common condition that is characterized by pain in the front part of the lower leg. This condition is usually induced by excessive physical activity. Drastic increase of mileage for walkers or runners, longer shifts at work, or any activity that requires long periods of time on your feet may contribute to shin splints.
Over-pronation is another factor with those suffering from shin splints. Over-pronation is when your feet roll in excessively causing a torque that can contribute to shin splints. Additional support using shoe inserts will help keep your feet and lower body in better alignment reducing excess stress in the shin area.
Besides increased support, icing the painful area is highly recommended. Be careful not to do over do it if you have shin splints. Rest is highly suggested.
Shin splints have destroyed many an athlete’s hard work and training. It is among the most serious injuries for athletes and regular runners because the injury makes a basic act—running— impossible. In order to prevent such injury, try switching to a shoe that limits pronation. Shoe inserts provide additional support to feet and arch and are helpful for a longer period of time.
Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. If you experience persistent pain, consult your healthcare provider.