Shin splints

Ouchy shins?

Shin splints can be common with runners. The pain is usually located down the inner or medial portion of the lower leg, along the shin. Pain usually starts after running but in time can develop during the run. Research suggests that this is commonly due to overuse.

Sometimes this happens when you’re new to running, however this can also happen if there is a sudden increase in training frequency or intensity.

Other causes can be lack of calcium, running on hard surfaces, running hills, ill fitted running shoes, or severe overpronation and heel striking.

If you think you have shin splints then you need to act promptly. Use ice after running to help with pain relief. Look at your running shoes and running pattern. Flat feet or heel striking will not help.

If it persists get in touch with a medical professional.

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