When we put stress on our shins, as we do during running or exercise, the connective tissues that attach our leg muscles to our tibia can get inflamed. This inflammation is caused by tiny fractures in the muscles, tendons and bones of the shin. This pain is called “shin splints,” and although it usually goes away within a few days, it’s important to monitor to ensure that it doesn’t progress into a stress fracture.
Pain on the inside or outside of the lower leg over the tibia
Pulling apart in the lower leg or shin
Tenderness or soreness in the lower leg
Mild grades of an ACL injury will mean that the ligament has been stretched, but still offers stability for the knee. The ACL can stretch and become loose, which is known as a partial tear. A full tear of the ligament is the most severe state and will require surgery to repair. In any instance, ACL injuries happen in largely the same ways.
Shifting to more intense, more frequent, or longer workouts or runs
Working out or running without proper stretching
Flat feet or inadequate footwear
By reducing the inflammation, your Fayetteville chiropractor can help reduce your pain and give your body space to heal.
When you see how your technique can be improved, you can begin to enhance your performance in your favorite activities.
Aligning the body not only improves your walk, run and athletic performance, it enhances your every day.
Whether you’ve never had them before or you’ve had shin splints in the past and want to avoid them in the future, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of developing shin splints:
If you’re an athlete or just passionate about fitness, we know that it can be hard to stop exercising entirely. But if you have shin splints, you should definitely avoid high-impact activities that involve things like running and jumping, and reduce your overall activity level a bit.
Instead, you should turn to lower-impact exercises that do not involve repeated stress on your shins. A few great activities for people recovering from shin splints include:
If you’re recovering from shin splints but you want to stay active, incorporating one or more of these exercises into your routine as you recover can help you maintain your fitness while your shins and legs heal.