What is shin splints?

Shin splints is a condition that causes pain in the shins or the front of the lower legs. The associated pain results from excessive or repeated amounts of force on the shin bone and the tissues attaching it to the surrounding muscles. This force causes the muscles to swell (as a defensive mechanism) which in turn, increases the pressure against the bone leading to pain and inflammation.

Treating shin splints

Protect your shin bone and muscles by:

  • Wearing appropriate footwear that provides cushioning and arch support
  • Training on flat, soft surfaces
  • Switching high-impact exercises with low-impact exercise like swimming as much as possible
  • Warming up properly
  • Working to a graduated programme

Shin splints can be treated at home with rest, anti-inflammatory painkillers and using ice to reduce swelling. However, it is highly recommended that you invest in supportive insoles for shin splints.

Do stretches help?

Yes, most soft tissue injuries – shin splints included – result from excessive strain on the related muscles. Splints can arise when the key muscles that control the lowering of your foot at each step and maintain the longitudinal foot arch are put under too much strain too quickly. The main muscle groups in question are the tibialis anterior and the tibialis posterior.

The best way to avoid this injury is with a graduated training programme tailored to your current fitness and strength undertaken alongside regular and quality stretching sessions. Use our article on the best stretches for shin splints as a guide.

Insoles for shin splints

Enertor insoles are the result of over 18 years of orthotics research. These insoles offer arch support and bespoke impact-reducing technology to treat issues ranging from shin splints to achilles heel and plantar fasciitis.

 

Enertor insoles absorb 44% of the shock when the heel strikes the ground (that’s more than any other insole on the market). This shock absorption reduces forefoot contact, therefore reducing the muscular activity in the lower leg that creates shin splints. Your lower leg muscles do not have to work quite so hard and shin splints will be less likely to occur.

 

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Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice. We have nearly 20 years worth of Orthotics experience but our website is provided for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice.