If you have ever done any kind of running, whether that is long distance, short sprints, jogs with the dog, or playing sports that require you to move faster than a walk, the odds are you have experienced the pain commonly known as shin splints. Shin splints are a common exercise-related injury for anyone who runs, dances, or does any form of vigorous sports activity.
The pain is felt in the front of the lower leg, usually on the medial (inside) portion of the shins. It is an inflammation of muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around the tibia bone. It may feel sharp and razor-like, or it may be a deep throbbing pain, that flairs up during activity or immediately afterwards. It may be tender to the touch and slightly swollen. Often times, people who are beginning a new training regime or those who suddenly ramp up their program may experience shin splints.
Shin splints often occur from the intense, repetitive activity, but it is also commonly contributed from having flat or stiff arched feet, over pronating your feet while running, and not properly warming up tight muscles before activity. Here are some tips on how to help treat your shin splint pain:
Happy feet make for a happy person. If you think about it, this statement makes perfect sense. If your feet are hurting, then you are feeling pain, not happy. When your feet hurt, the way you walk, move, and hold the rest of your body is thrown off and out of alignment. This does not lead to a happy person, yet our feet are most often overlooked body part. It is the last thing we think about taking care of on a daily basis. Why is that?
Did you know that the foot is made up of 26 different bones, 33 joints, and more than a 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments? That makes for about a quarter of our entire anatomy in just our feet! That is a lot in a small area, but our feet must support our entire body, weight and movements. We rely on our feet to walk, run, jump, dance, and so many other tasks that allow us to move. When we walk and our heel comes up off the ground, it disperses about half our weight onto our toes. No wonder about 75% of people will complain of some sort of foot pain at least once in their lifetime. They become sore and tired from a long day. They may get blisters, cuts, or fungus such as athlete’s foot. The may even develop bunions, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. We use and abuse our feet on the daily without giving them any thought. We need to start treating our feet. Our entire body will be thankful and lead to a happier you.
Here some are simple ways to treat your feet:
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.