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Shin Splints (shin pain) - how orthotics can help

"Shin Splints" is a general term used to refer to a painful condition in the shin. Pain or inflammation occurs either in the front or inside section of the shin bone.

Symptoms

Tightness and/or tenderness along the shins that comes on with a specific activity - especially running and walking for long distances. The pain usually settles upon resting. Shin pain is most common with people who have just taken up running or walking.

What causes Shin Splints?

Shin splints are generally caused by excess stretching of muscles and tendons along the shin bones (tibia and fibula). Over-use in athletes in runners is the most common factor.

Also, over-pronation of the feet can be a major contributing factor. Excessive pronation leads to internal tibial rotation and will increase the tractional forces upon the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg. Pronation Supination

Treatment with orthotic insoles

To help prevent Shin Splints it is very important for athletes and runners to slowly build up their level of activity and always have a solid warm-up.

Footlogics orthotics are useful in the treatment of shin spints, in that they help prevent over-pronation. Correcting excess pronation will greatly reduce internal leg rotation, thereby reducing strain and tension on the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg.

We recommend Footlogics Sports for sports shoes, joggers, runners, cross-trainers etc and Footlogics Football for football boots. If the problem persists, see a physiotherapist or (sports) podiatrist.

Also, running shoes with proper rearfoot stability are important. Other recommended forms of treatment: Ice therapy, rest and deep tissue massage, as well as anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Try calf stretches before any running or sports activity.

Watch this video to learn more about exercises for shin splints.