Shin Splints, Orthotics and Physical Therapy
by Joe Flannery, PT, DPT, OCS, CIMT, Clinical Director of the Williamsburg’s Tidewater Physical Therapy, Inc.
Shin pain can be an aggravating injury, regardless of what time during your season it takes place.
Let’s define the shins as your tibia, the main bone in your lower leg, and the tibialis posterior, the muscle behind your tibia. Many athletes experience shin pain for a few different reasons. While it’s important to understand why your shins hurt, it’s also convenient to know how to prevent the pain from happening and treat if it surfaces.Three ways shin pain occurs
Shin pain can simply start when you decided to try a new activity. When your body is not used to a certain activity placing more strain or force on the body, the shins can absorb much of that force and begin to ache.
Shin pain can also begin when you decide to use improper or worn-out footwear.
Lastly, shin pain can come around during the end of an athletic season or at the end of a lengthy training program due to repetitive microtrauma that can eventually lead to an injury.
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