Shin Splints

Here’s some information for all of you summer runners out there about Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Many people experience pain to their shins following a run or light jog.  This pain can be called by shin splints caused by irritated and swollen muscles. This irritation can be due to overuse and incorrect biomechanics.   The pain associated with shin splints, also known as tibial stress syndrome, occurs just behind the long shin bone.  Too much force can cause inflammation along the area.

Symptoms can include tenderness or pain along the inside of the lower leg as well as swelling to the lower leg.  Treatment for shin splints varies but can include: Rest, ice, over the counter anti-inflammatories, proper shoe gear as well as custom orthotics.  If you have chronic shin pain, or have developed pain to your shins following exercise, do not hesitate to contact us at Worthington Foot & Ankle.

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Minimalist Running

Many runners have returned to “barefoot running” as they feel this is the most beneficial and natural way to run.  Many runners believe, that running on their balls of their feet is best as this is the natural shock absorber.  Traditionally, running shoes provide extra cushion to the heels to allow for shock absorption but this disperses forces to the legs and knees.  Many barefoot runners believe the best way to learn good running, is to allow your feet to feel the ground as you are running, and this is done with minimal support.

Research has shown, that by running barefoot, you allow more of your foot to contact the ground.  You are no longer heel striking, but utilizing your entire foot.  You actually take more strides, causing a more smooth running style.

If you feel you would be better adjusted to running in the barefoot style, do so gradually.  Do not attempt your typical running mileage the first time.  If you have further questions regarding running barefoot, or exercise in general, please contact us at Indiana Podiatry Group.  We would be happy to discuss proper footcare for running and exercising.