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Causes of shin splints

Shin splints are most commonly caused by inflammation of the muscle at its insertion point at the shin bone (tibia) or caused by micro fractures of the bone itself. This is usually a result of minor but repetative trauma caused by such things as running and other high impact activities including tennis, football and athletics. Read more->


Muscular shin splints

Shin splints that affect the muscle or more precisely the insertion of the muscle to bone can be subdivided into two main categories, anterior shin splints and posterior shin splints. Posterior shin splints are more common and affect the lower inside leg. Anterior shin splints affect the lower outside leg and whilst less common, can be just as painful and debilatating as their more common sister. Read more->


Bone shin splints

Bone shin splints are less prevalent than musclular shin splints but can in their nature be more serious. Micro fractures of the shin bone (tibia) cause and inflammatory response along the body of the tibia which causes pain and swelling. This is potentially more serious as it can in rare cases lead to fracture of the tibia itself. Read more->

Treatment of shin splints


The treatment of your shin splints problem varies depending on how long you have had it, whether it is a muscular or bone problem and also the type of activity you are partaking in. Shin splints can be very difficult to resolve once chronic in nature so early treatment is vital. Read more->

Prevention of shin splints

Simple steps can be taken to prevent shin splints from occuring in the first place or more importantly for most preventing them from re occuring. Whether it changing the shoes you wear, altering faulty biomechanics or undertaking strengthening exercises, there are many things that can be done to stop this annoying problem in its tracks.Read more->


Biomechanics of shin splints

Poor biomechanics is often the biggest reason why athletes suffer from shin splints. Often the sufferer is acutely aware there may be a problem and might have tried supportive shoes, off the shelf orthotics or may have even sought the advice of a professional. However biomechanics is an often mis understood subject even by the professionals themselves.In our biomechanics section we have created a simple to understand guide to biomechanics with videos showing the gait cycle, over pronation and under pronation. Read more->


Running shoe guide

A complete guide on the composition of running shoes .Read more->