Shin Splints: What They Are And How To Prevent Them

Shin Splints: What They Are And How To Prevent Them
March 11, 2019 Brittany Hanson

What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints, or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is generally described as the pain felt in the lower two-thirds of the tibia upon exertion. It is essentially an overuse injury caused by repetitive strain, often seen with running and jumping sports.

There are many intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may contribute to shin pain such as foot mechanics, activity, footwear and muscle activity.


How Do You Prevent Shin Splints?

Here are some tips on how to prevent shin splints, with regard to training.


Take rest days

Give yourself – and your muscles – some recovery time.


Cross train

Overuse injuries develop because of a continuous repetitive strain.

Be sure you are working other activities in your program.


Pace yourself

Don’t overdo it, follow a training program that increases the frequency, intensity or duration by less than 10% each week to avoid overtraining.


Try running on a softer surface

Trails or a track are ideal, check out our trail running clinics.


Stretch and massage after your workout

Try using a foam or stick roller.

We recommend these stretches:

  • Gastrocnemius stretch
  • Soleus stretch
  • seated shin stretch
  • heel walking
  • resisted ankle dorsiflexion
  • wall toe raises
  • calf raises


How We Can Help With Shin Splints

At Walking Mobility Clinics, we will take you through an in-depth fitting process. When choosing the right shoe, we will look at your lifestyle, your movement, and your feet/alignment.


Overpronation of the subtalar joint can lead to excessive loading on lower leg musculature.

Custom foot orthoses can help to reposition the foot to reduce overpronation to reduce the strain on the tissues.

Proper footwear

It is important to have the right shoe for your feet and the activity you are using them for.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is my shoe designed for the activity I am using it for?
  • Is my shoe worn out?
  • Does my shoe fit me properly?
  • Is this the right shoe for my biomechanics?


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