Understanding the Basics About Shin Splints
Normally, when you hear the term “shin splints” it is in reference to some sort of sporting activity. Athletes often spend long hours training in order to compete at a high level in whatever sport they specialize in. However, shin splints can happen to almost anyone and is not specifically related to, or affected by, athletes.
So, what are shin splints? Shin splints are often related to pain one feels in the muscles of the shin. Most often, people who engage in a lot of running, moving with the feet, jumping, and so on. Basically, any exercise that engages the front part of the calf can be subject to strain and pain caused by shin splints. Medically, shin splints are referred to as medical tibial syndrome. Your tibia is one of two bones found in your calf or lower leg, the other bone being the fibia.
Because both athletes and non-athletes are prone to get shin splints, assuming one is peforming a condition that could lead to such a diagnosis, the most common form is due to a stress fracture located in the shins of an overused muscle. However, the good news is shin splints can be prevented and even cured. It’s recommended to continue exercising just try to avoid any movements that are putting excess pressure on the anterior shin muscles.
By remaining active, avoiding exercises or movements that seem to cause shin splints, getting lots of rest and generally taking it easy in life can help both prevent and cure shin splints now and into the future.