March 6

What a Pain in the Shin!

Do you embrace an active lifestyle? Or have you tried to be more active and been discouraged after your first run?

A common ailment people face are shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). This occurs when there is repetitive stress applied, and the tissues become irritated and can even tear. The quicker you identify this is occurring, the quicker you can begin recovery, and use precaution to prevent it from occurring or getting worse!

Potential Risks:

  • High arches
  • Flat feet
  • Shoes without support
  • Running (particularly on hard surfaces)
  • Uneven terrain (for example: running on grass, concrete, then gravel)
  • Quick adjustments in training intensity
  • Excessive training
  • Improper body alignment

Prevention Tips:

  • Wear proper shoes
    • Include insoles if needed
    • Shoes or insoles that help prevent pronation and/or supination of the foot
  • Stretch

Treatment Tips:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevate
  • Stretch
  • Add insoles to shoes based on the type of arch that you have
  • Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to help with pain and inflammation
  • Consult with your doctor
  • Once recovered, gradually ease yourself back into exercise



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