shin splints


Shin splints is pain in the front of the thigh. Many athletes tend to suffer when excessive load on the thigh and connective tissues that connect muscles to the tibia bone.

Actually this is very common in football players who tend to get bruises in their legs. Basketball players who jump a lot, tennis players who change directions rapidly and put pressure on the legs, soccer players and aerobics dancers as well may suffer from shin splints.


How do I know if I suffer from shin splints?

The pain is along the front - Internal thigh, especially during exertion and activity. It reduces at rest and often is accompanied by swelling. More serious condition may cause pain even at rest.

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What else causes shin splints?

  • Excessive or too long activity
  • Practice mistakes
  • Unsuitable Equipment
  • Low arch or flat foot
  • Running a lot in down heel
  • Jumping a lot



Before we talk about treatment, it's important for me to note that ignoring the pain might lead to aggravation and stress fracture (a crack in the bone tissue and localized pain in the center of the thigh), so it is very important to take care of the problems already with their appearance.


The treatment includes:

  • Custom orthotics to reduce the intensity of the shocks and soften them.
  • Suitable shoes (click to read my post about choosing shoes). It's recommended for runners who suffer from pain to replace their shoes every 500 miles.
  • Consider temporary replacement type of sports activity or reduce effort on their feet. You can combine swimming or cycling.
  • Check the training program by a professional - a physical therapist or a personal trainer.
  • Strengthening the leg muscles to cope better with shocks on the legs.


How orthotics can help me cure the problem?

Custom Orthotics reduces shock and softens the intensity of the force exerted on the foot during athletic activities. So, if you decide to purchase insoles important to specify your therapist you suffer from pain in the thigh and you fit orthotics to help you solve the problem.


Do I have to stop exercise?

The approach today is to not stop the training due to fear of returning to training the burden will be too big and the risk of injury is too high, so the best treatment would be while training at the same rate or at a slightly lower than normal.



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