Foot Related Conditions
Shin splints are injuries to the front of the outer leg. While the exact injury is unknown, shin splints seem to result from damage to the tendon and adjacent tissues in the front of the outer leg.
Shin splints represent one member of a group of injuries called “overuse injuries” and commonly occur in runners or aggressive walkers.
The term ‘shin splints’ refers to nonspecific pain in the lower legs during walking or running sports.
What are the symptoms of shin splints?
Shin splint cause pain in the front of the outer leg below the knee, in an area of about 4-6 inches (10-15 centimetres) in length. During a workout, this pain will typically appear in the beginning, lessen throughout, and reappear at the end. Shin splints are often dull at first; however, the pain can become so extreme that the athlete will stop workouts altogether.
What causes shin splints?
A primary culprit causing shin splints is a sudden increase in distance or intensity of a workout schedule. This increase in muscle work can be associated with inflammation of the lower leg muscles, those muscles used in lifting the foot. Such a situation can be aggravated by a tendency to overpronate 一 roll your foot excessively inward onto the arch.
Similarly, a tight Achilles tendon or weak ankle muscles are also often implicated in the development of shin splints.
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