Shin splints are very common. They are the cause of 13% of all running injuries, but they are also caused by bio-mechanical inefficiencies, such as flat feet, poor running mechanics, tight muscles in the lower leg and more. By performing these shin splints stretches regularly, you are essentially helping to prevent muscle and ligament tension in the surrounding areas and relieving some of the stress tension this area of the body is under.
When you have shin splints, you feel pain along the inside-front part of the lower leg. Pain in this area is also called medial tibial stress syndrome. An imbalance between the calf muscles on the back of the lower leg and the muscles on the front part of the lower leg is the most common cause for medial tibial stress syndrome. Stronger calf muscles on the back of the lower leg dominate the weaker muscles on the front part of the lower leg.
Shin splints often become more severe during activity like jogging, especially when increases in training happen too quickly. Certain stretches can help to prevent shin splints while rest and ice are often used to alleviate symptoms. People with extremely high arches or no arches may also be more prone to experiencing shin splints.
Running on the pavement, is not a great idea. You put extra stress on your calves and legs and will jar those joints and muscles whenever you do this. Treat your legs better by running on soft or lush surfaces like a well manicured lawn, park or dirt trail, anywhere cushioned and flat as a flying saucer is a good choice. Finally, the last reason you may begin suffering from shin splints is simply due to worn out running shoes. While some people do have the problem with their arches as mentioned previously, for others it is just that their shoes no longer contain enough support for the mileage their doing.
Treatment of shin splints is aimed at decreasing inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain. Specific exercises and stretches improve foot strength and reduce over pronation. Modification of training schedule is often required, and arch supports may be considered to control the over pronation. As with any muscle injury, expect your provider to manually stretch and work the muscles.
Shin splints will be back and then you’ll be facing the issue all over again. This is the most frustrating situation but one that most runners do face simply because they did not educate themselves on the exercises to perform while recovering.
If you want to know how to cure shin splints apart from the orthodox methods, one can also choose to undergo potential treatments like Shock Wave Therapy, Injections, etc. These methods though do not totally resolve the pain, though it improves the functioning of the muscles.