Shin Splints (Shin Pain) Insoles

 

‘Shin Splints’ is a rather vague term that refers to pain in the front of the lower leg, otherwise known as the shin area. Both the front and the inside section of the area may be become inflamed and tender.

Symptoms

Shin splints can cause a variety of symptoms to occur but the most common complaints are a ‘stabbing’ sensation along the shin bone and/or tenderness and tightness that worsens after physical activities such as running or walking for long distances or long periods of time.

The pain and inflammation caused by shin splints usually improves with rest, and because this condition generally strikes people who are new to running or walking the frequency of flare-ups typically diminishes over time. This is not true, however, when shin pain occurs due to over-training or excessive physical activity, though this occurs less frequently.
Causes

Shin splints develop when there is excessive stretching of the muscles and tendons that run along the tibia and fibula, which make up the shin bone.

Shin pain usually occurs from excessive use, either by people who have been sedentary and have recently increased their level of physical activity, or by people who train competitively and tend to over-train at times. Shin splints that occur as a result of competitive over-training are usually found in athletes; runners in particular.

Over-pronation of one or both feet increases the risk for developing shin pain, as excessive ‘rolling inward’ of the foot and ankle during the foot-strike phase of the gait cycle causes internal tibial rotation, which places increased pressure on the muscles and limbs in the lower leg.

Treatment and Prevention

Once shin splints have developed the best treatment option you can choose is rest. It’s also a good idea to treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, stretch the calf muscles after working out, and apply ice immediately after physical activities have ended.

Preventing shin splints from developing or reoccurring is crucial if you are susceptible to this condition and wish to live pain-free. If you take up a new activity, such as running, or wish to intensify your level of physical activity it’s important to slowly build up to a new level.

Proper foot wear is also crucial when it comes to maintain lower limb health and preventing shin pain; properly cushioning the foot reduces the force of impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle, it will increase stability in the foot as well.

Insoles are also extremely useful for the prevention of shin splints as they minimize over-pronation and the resulting strain that is placed on the muscles of the lower leg (the calf muscles in particular). Dr Foot insoles have been specially designed by a podiatrist to improve biomechanical alignment and reduce discomfort due to over-pronation and shin pain caused by shin splints.

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