There are many types of injuries that are caused by running. For example, Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBS), and others. However, the most common injury that we see on runners is “Shin Splints”. To help minimize the occurrence of this condition, and possibly others, we’ve put together a simple tips and facts covering Shin Splints.
The most common symptom that we can easily see in a Shin Splint is that the patient will feel pain located at the front of the leg (anterior tibialis) or down the interior of the leg (posterior tibialis). The main cause for Shin Splints is repetitive stress and excessive amounts of force exerted on the shin bone where the connective tissues are attached to the muscle and the bone. The excessive force causes the muscles to swell and increases the pressure against the bone, leading to pain and inflammation. You have a higher chance of experiencing shin splints if you suddenly increase your exercise intensity. For example, quickly increasing the number of miles ran or increasing your speed beyond a recommended pace. Also, improper shoes, the type of road, and other environmental conditions or attire configurations may also play an important role in causing a Shin Splint.
The affected area will feel as though it’s swelling on the shin area along with pain. Attempt to reduce this instance of this symptom by performing warm-ups or light exercise prior to your full workout, ignoring that may cause the symptom to return. There are, as of yet, no specific support or braces for Shin Splints. A common support device is kinesio tape as a treatment to reduce pain.
The treatment for immediate or acute symptoms of Shin Splints is to stop exercising right away, use an ice pack, and stretch carefully. Should the condition worsen or persist, you may need to consult your physician. As an active company, we personally understand the various pains and issues that can arise. Our goal is to help prevent it or reduce the issues so you can get back out there and keep being active.