Shin splints is commonly caused by:
– increase in running,
– recent change in running shoe,
– change in running surface.
The term ‘shin splints’ is collectively represents a number of more precise injuries.
What Causes Shin Splints?
Shin splints are caused by overstraining of your muscles where they attach to your shin.
The most common cause is overuse or overtraining associated with poor foot and leg biomechanics.
Most common causes:
- Overpronation of your feet
- Oversupination of your feet
- Inappropriate footwear
- Increasing your training too quickly
- Running on hard or angled surfaces
- Decreased flexibility at your ankle joint
- Poor gluteal control in walking
- Poor core stability
- Tight calf muscles, hamstrings
- Weak quadriceps
As a result of repeated overuse, one or more of your muscles in the lower leg may become injured through excessive loading stress. This can result in muscle tenderness, inflammation or knots.
What are the Symptoms of Shin Splints?
Shin splints cause dull, aching pain in the front of the lower leg.
The area may be painful to the touch.
Four Stages of an Overuse Injury:
- Discomfort that disappears during warm-up.
- Discomfort that may disappear during warm-up but reappears at the end of activity.
- Discomfort that gets worse during the activity.
- Pain or discomfort all the time.
The physiotherapists at Hinterland Physio will treat you with sift tissue massage, trigger point therapy, dry needling, and a home exercise program including stretching and strengthening.