So you've stepped up the exercise, or you're just walking more, and then the pain hits – a nagging pain on the front of your legs. This pain, which runs down the front of your leg and commonly occurs when people overdo it, can be attributed to a shin splint.
A shin splint affects your two leg bones: the tibia and the fibula. Shin splints develop when the muscles attached to these bones become inflamed, causing intense pain.
A shin splint affects the outside of the shin, and is caused when the Tibialis anterior muscle, one of the muscles responsible for flexing your foot upwards, is overused during activity. A shin splint occurs from the constant flexing of the muscle.
Other causes include:
The pain of a shin splint typically occurs during the repetitive motion involved in exercises such as walking, aerobics, jogging, tennis, basketball or other weight-bearing activities. The pain from shin splints is typically worse at the start of the exercise, and may appear to ease as the exercise progresses.
A shin splint will most likely develop when:
Initial shin splint treatment involves the RICE principle: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
In addition, be sure to follow these tips to avoid against future shin
Warm up muscles before and after any physical fitness activity – including walking – taking special care to stretch the calf muscles.
If your shin splints don't respond to these treatments, see a physician or podiatrist, as a shin splint can progress into a stress fracture. In addition, a similar pain is found in a condition called Intermittent Claudication. This condition is caused by poor circulation and needs immediate attention.
Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
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