Shin Splints

Foot, knee and hip pain is a common occurrence about adults. In fact, by age 20, 80% of humans have developed some type of problem, and by age 40, nearly everyone has some kind of foot condition. Your feet are the foundation of your entire body and they are under an enormous amount of pressure everyday; a slight imbalance can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain.

The term “Shin Splints” refers to a painful condition in the shin, involving inflammation of the tendons that occurs either in the front or inside section of the shin bone. In many cases shin splints are the result of an overuse injury, which means that the body has been pushed too far for too long. Another common culprit that is possible is tiny stress fractures in the leg bone (tibia), which occur as the soft tissues pull away from the shin as a result of overuse.

What are the symptoms of a shin splint?

Many people describe shin splints as an aching feeling. If you have a stress fracture, the pain may be sharp and localized. Shin splints most often occur along the inside of the shin above the ankle, or along the outside of the shin below the knee. In most cases, the problem develops gradually after a few weeks or months of intense exercise, but some people can feel the pain after one especially rigorous run. A person with shin splints usually feels pain when starting a workout. The pain may fade as the exercise continues, but it often comes back with a vengeance when a person finally rests.