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Top Running Injury No. 3: Shin Splints

This is the third in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Shin SplintsThere is no doubt that shin splints are extremely painful – to the point where they will cut nearly any sort of workout short in most instances. This condition takes place when the shinbone, or tibia, as well as the connective tissues that attach muscles to that bone are overloaded. You can experience soreness and swelling as well as pain. Medi-Dyne would like to share information on why this condition takes place and some of the things you can do about it.

Causes

While there are several reasons why shin splints occur, some of the most common include:

  • Excessive running
  • Running on surface that is tilted or slanted
  • Not taking enough time to recover between workouts
  • Worn shoes
  • Running too much on hard surfaces

Symptoms

If shin splints are not treated quickly, they can worsen over time. If you notice a steady pain below your knee, you’ll only make it worse if you continue to exercise. Talk to your doctor to determine the best way to recover and make sure you use the proper equipment that can help you rehabilitate. Don’t try to work through the pain – it could rob you of the ability to exercise for a very long time.

2Steps to Pain Free Running

Shin Splint Compression SleeveGo to your local retailer and enter the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone to find relief from your shin splints as well as further information on this condition and others that typically affect runners. We carry a wide variety of products to help with shin splints, including the RangeRoller for a deep massage, the Cho-Pat® Shin Splint Compression Sleeve, and our Tuli’s Heavy Duty Heel Cups, which elevate the heel bone to take pressure off your shins. Learn more about these products by visiting our e-store or by calling us at 800-810-1740.