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:
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.