Repetitive force from running cause cause various kinds of inflammation and pain in the lower leg. Pain in the shin region can often be misdiagnosed or assumed as traditional "shin splints" when it is in fact tendonitis (inflammation) of one or more muscles that run down the lower leg and cross the ankle.
According to the NHS you are at risk of shin splints if you:
• Have been running less than 5 years
• Run on hard surfaces and slopes
• Wear poorly fitted and non-supportive trainers
• Are overweight (this puts extra stress down the shins)
• Have weak or tight ankle muscles
Here are some things to try:
• Ice for 15 minutes and rest for 30 minutes, repeat cycle 2-5 times.
• Stretch the calves frequently with a straight leg for 30 seconds each time and bent knee for 30 seconds each time (this is important as the deeper muscles can be part of, or the exact cause of your shin pain).
• Get well-fitted footwear (running shops usually help you pick the best-suited trainers.
• Whilst rehabing your shin-splints or injury, keep fit by swimming, cycling or rowing which will dramatically reduce the forces through the lower leg, it sucks having to stop running but it's the best thing to do, giving your legs the time to heal.
Need further help?
• Get relief from shin splints and other sport-related issues with a Sports Therapy session. We offer massage, taping and stretching techniques to specifically reduce the symptoms. People often report dramatic improvements after just one session and following the specific advice they are given.
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