Shin Splints

Symptoms



The term "shin splints" is sort of an all-encompassing term to describe aches and pains in the lower, front part of the leg. These pains are usually describes as a dull achy pain that can be felt during exercise, after exercise, or a constant pain. The pain can be located on either side of the shinbone and can sometimes be painful to the touch



Causes



Not having the proper amount of support/cushioning in a shoe

Running on hard surfaces

Drastic increase in intensity or amount of exercise

Returning to exercise after a long layoff



Prevention



Getting fitted for the proper running shoe

Increase mileage and speedwork conservatively

Range of motion exercises

Icing the affected area

Strengthening the shin muscles





 

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