What Causes Shin Splints?

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), or what’s more commonly known as a shin splint, is an all-too-common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s characterized by pain and discomfort originating in or around the the shin. People with high levels of physical activity, especially runners, have the highest risk of developing shin splints. If you are suffering from one, keep reading to learn more about the causes of shin splints.

Shin splints are typically caused when excessive force is placed on the leg for long periods of time. As you continue to run and jog long after your body is telling you to stop, you may develop an aching sensation originating in the tibialis anterio. While it starts off as a dull aching sensation, it will gradually turn into pain similar to sharp pins and needles stabbing through your leg. Of course, painful sensations such as this can drastically lower one’s quality of life, which is why it’s important to find proper treatment.

Contrary to what some people may believe, the root cause of a shin splint doesn’t come from the tibialis anterio, but instead it’s the result of poor mechanics between the knee and leg. You have to remember that there are hundreds of joints, bones, tissue and muscles working together to keep the knee and leg operating correctly. If just one of these components stops working, it may cause a chain reaction that affects other nearby areas, including the tibialis anterio.

First and foremost, you should look for more ergonomically designed athletic shoes to wear if you are suffering from a shin splint. Nine out of ten times, those suffering from this condition aren’t wearing the correct shoes. If you constantly rug or jog with non-supporting shoes, it will place a excessive strain on your feet and ultimately knees. So much, in fact, that it twists the shin to cause pain in the tibalis anterio. You can prevent this from happening by wearing a premium brand of well-fitting athletic shoes. The key thing to remember is that your shoes need to fit properly. Wearing shoes that are too large or too small will increase your risk of developing a shin splint.

You might be surprised to learn that not stretching before a jog or workout may also increase your chance of developing a shin splint. I know most people, myself included, are eager to get out there and start running, so it’s easy to overlook something as simple as stretching. However, you must spend 5-10 minutes stretching and warming your body up. Just reach your hands all the way down to your feet, up into the air, and twist your body in different directions. You can also pull your knees up to your chest for a more beneficial stretching routine.

A professional chiropractor can perform a thorough physical examination of your foot, leg and knee to determine what’s causing your shin splint. Using this information, they will then help guide you on the best course of treatment for your specific condition. Make an appointment with your chiropractor if you are suffering from this condition.

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